Viola Clausnitzer PhD


Country/Region: Global and Germany

Organisation: Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Goerlitz, IUCN Red List Committee, Chair IUCN Odonata Specialist Group

Position: Research Associate

Languages: English, German

Viola is chair of the IUCN Dragonfly Specialist Group and member of the IUCN Red List Committee and the IUCN Invertebrate Conservation Sub-Committee. She has been working on African dragonflies and coordinates the global dragonflies assessment.

Related Links: Senckenberg Museum of Natural History

Relevant Publications:

Clausnitzer, V., Kalkman, V.J., Ram, M., Collen, B., Baillie, J.E.M., Bedjani, M., Darwall, W.R.T., Dijkstra, K.-D., Dow, R., Hawking, J., Karube, H., Malikova, E., Paulson, D., Schütte, K., Suhling, F., Villanueva, R., von Ellenrieder, N.,  Wilson, K. (2009). Odonata enter the biodiversity crisis debate: the first global assessment of an insect group. Biological Conservation 142(8): 1864-1869

Collen,B., Ram, M.,Dewhurst, N., Clausnitzer, V., Kalkman, V., Cumberlidge, N., Baillie, J.E.M. (2009) Broadening the Coverage of Biodiversity Assessments. In: Wildlife in a changing world. An Analysis of The 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Darwall, W., Smith, K., Allen, D., Seddon, M., Reid, G., Clausnitzer, V. and Kalkman, V. (2008). Freshwater biodiversity – a hidden resource under threat. In: Wildlife in a changing world. An Analysis of The 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Kalkman, V.J., V. Clausnitzer, K.-D.B. Dijkstra, A.G. Orr, D.R Paulson, J. van Tol, (2008). Diversity and biogeography of dragonflies. In: Balian, E., K. Martens, C. Lévêque & H. Segers (Editors). A global assessment of animal diversity in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595: 351-363 (R)

Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Clausnitzer, V. & A. Martens (2007) Tropical African Platycnemis damselflies and the biogeographical significance of a new species from Pemba Island, Tanzania (Odonata, Platycnemididae). Systematics and Biodiversity 5(2): 187-198

Dijkstra, K.-D.B., L.F. Groenveld, V. Clausnitzer & H. Hadrys (2007) The Pseudagrion split: molecular phylogeny confirms the morphological and ecologica dichotomy ofAfrica’s most diverse genus of Odonata (Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology 10: 31-41

Groeneveld, L.F., Clausnitzer, V. & Hadrys, H. (2007) Gigantism in damselflies of Africa and South America: convergent evolution or homologous structures? Evidence from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42(2): 339-346

Clausnitzer, V. (2006) Dragonflies (Odonata) of Rufiji District, Tanzania with new records for Tanzania. Journal of East African Natural History 95(2): 139-162

Clausnitzer, V. (2005) An updated checklist of the dragonflies (Odonata) of the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. Journal of East African Natural History 94(2): 239-246 (R)

Clausnitzer, V. & K.-D.B. Dijkstra (2005) Honouring Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai: Notogomphus maathaiae spec. nov., a threatened dragonfly of Kenyas forest streams (Odonata: Gomphidae). International Journal of Odonatology 8(2): 177-182 (R)

Clausnitzer, V. & Jödicke, R. (2004) “Guardians of the watershed. Global status of dragonflies: critical species, threat and conservation”. International Journal of Odonatology 7: 111-428 (R)

Clausnitzer, V. (2003) Dragonfly communities in coastal habitats of Kenya: indication of biotope quality and the need of conservation measures. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 333-356 (R)