Staff profile: Dr Frank Köhler

Position title:
Senior Research Scientist
Section:
Malacology Collection
Phone:
02 9320 6382
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I am interested in the phylogeny and evolution of non-marine snails and use both molecular and morphological characters to address questions relating to taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, speciation and radiation of freshwater and land gastropods. 

Research Interests

Current projects involve the following taxa and aspects:

  • Phylogenomic studies of land snails (Panpulmonata)
  • Evolution and Diversity of Australasian land snails: Camaenidae, Pupillidae
  • Phylogeny and systematics of Southeast Asian freshwater snails: Pachychilidae, Semisulcospiridae
  • Speciation, hybridisation and radiation in non-marine gastropods
  • Biogeography of Asian and Australasian non-marine gastropods
  • Molecular approaches in systematic zoology

Current Projects

  • Australia’s Desert Snails: Systematics and Evolution of the Camaenidae in arid Australia (more...)
  • Australia’s land snail hotspot: Evolution and Systematics of the Kimberley Camaenidae  (more ....)
  • Documenting a radiation of camaenid land snails in the Victoria River District, NT (ABRS) (more...)
  • Land snail fauna of Timor-Leste: systematics and consveration (more...)
  • Phylogeny and systematics of Southeast Asian Pachychilidae (Brotia, Sulcospira)
  • Molecular vs. morphological differentiation and species limits in Semisulcospira from Korea and Japan

Previous Projects

  • The land snail fauna of the Kimberley: Systematics, diversity, evolution (Kimberley Island Survey, DEC) (more...)

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2013-6 Research grant (ABRS), Australia’s Desert Snails: Systematics and Evolution of the Camaenidae in arid Australia
  • 2011-4 Research grant (ABRS), Australia’s land snail hotspot: Evolution and Systematics of the Kimberley Camaenidae
  • 2010-3 Research grant (ABRS), Radiation of camaenid land snails in the Northern Territory
  • 2010 Research grant (DEC), Systematics of Kimberley camaenids
  • 2006-7 Research grant (DFG), Radiation of freshwater gastropods in the Kaek-River, Thailand - causes and consequences
  • 2006-7 Research grant (DFG), Correlation of morphological and mitochondrial differentiation in Korean freshwater gastropods, Pleuroceridae
  • 2005-6 Travel grants Vietnam, Malaysia (DFG) 
  • 2000 Travel grants Paris, London (EU)
  • 1999-2001 Postgraduate Fellowship (Konrad Adenauer Foundation), Systematics and biogeography of Asian freshwater snails, genus Brotia

Professional Background

  • 01/2011 to present - Research Scientist (Australian Museum)
  • 05/2008 to 12/2011 - Senior Research Scientist (Dept. Environment & Conservation, WA)
  • 01/2003 to 02/2008 - Research Scientist (Museum of Natural History Berlin)
  • Dr. rer. nat. (equivalent Ph.D) - 2004, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Diplom-Biologe (equivalent M.Sc) - 1998, Humboldt University, Berlin

Teaching

  • UNSW student course 'Tree of Life' (comprises lectures, pracs, tutorials, student projects and field work)
  • USyd student projects in Advanced Zoology

Memberships and associations

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Honorary Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
  • Malacological Society of Australasia
  • UNITAS Malacologia
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission - Mollusca
  • Editorial boards: Malacologia, Molluscan Research, ZooKeys

Media

Scientific publications

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Most cited
  • Köhler, F., Rintelen, T. von, Meyer, A., Glaubrecht, M. 2004. Multiple origin of viviparity in Southeast Asian gastropods (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae) and its evolutionary implications. Evolution, 58: 2215-2226 (Abstract).
  • Glaubrecht, M., Köhler, F. 2004. Radiating in a river: systematics, molecular genetics and morphological differentiation of viviparous freshwater gastropods endemic to the Kaek River, Central Thailand (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 82: 275-311.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2003. Morphology, reproductive biology and molecular genetics of ovovivi-parous freshwater gastropods (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae) from the Philippines, with description of the new genus Jagora. Zoologica Scripta, 32: 35-59 (Abstract).
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2006. A systematic revision of the Southeast Asian freshwater gastropod Brotia (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae). Malacologia, 48: 159-251.
  • Köhler, F. 2007. From DNA taxonomy to barcoding – how a vague idea evolved into a biosystematic tool. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 83 (Suppl.): 44-51 (Abstract)
2014
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2014. Setocallosa – a new genus and species of land snail from Arnhem Land, Australia (Stylommatophora: Camaenidae). Molluscan Research, online (PDF
  • Bhandari, A, Köhler, F., Tiwari, B.N. 2014. Neogene freshwater gastropods from the Siwalik Group in Uttarhakand, northern India: First fossil record of the protoconch of a freshwater cerithioidean snail (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda). Himalayan Geology, 35: 182-189 (Abstract)
  • Burghardt, I., Köhler, F. 2014. Rhagada revisited: On the taxonomy of species from the Kimberley and Dampierland, Western Australia (Pulmonata, Camaenidae). Molluscan Research, online (PDF)
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics and comparative anatomy of Kimberleytrachia Köhler, 2011 – a genus of land snail endemic to the coastal Kimberley, Western Australia with description of new taxa (Gastropoda, Camaenidae). Contributions to Zoology, 83: 245-267 (PDF)
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2014. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the genera Baudinella Thiele, 1931, Retroterra Solem, 1985 and Molema Köhler, 2011 endemic to the coastal Kimberley, Western Australia (Gastropoda, Camaenidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 52: 273–284 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F. 2014. On the land snail Rhagada Albers, 1860 (Gastropoda, Camaenidae) from across the Lesser Sunda Islands. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 62: 135–143 (PDF).
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2014. Cardiotrachia and Rachita – two new land snail genera from the East Kimberley, Western Australia (Eupulmonata: Camaenidae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 12: 55-64.
  • Köhler, F., Kessner, V. 2014. Mitochondrial and morphological differentiation in a previously unrecognized radiation of the land snail genus Parachloritis Ehrmann, 1912 on Timor (Pulmonata: Camaenidae). Contributions to Zoology, 83: 1-40 (Article)
2013
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2013. More on snails and islands: molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of Setobaudinia Iredale (Gastropoda : Camaenidae) from the Kimberley, Western Australia, with description of new taxa. Invertebrate Systematics, 27: 634-654 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Criscione, F. 2013. Small snails in a big place: a radiation in the semi-arid rangelands in northern Australia (Eupulmonata, Camaenidae, Nanotrachia gen. nov.). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 169: 103–123 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Criscione, F. 2013. Plio-Pleistocene out of Australia dispersal in a camaenid land snail. Journal of Biogeography, 40: 1971-1982 (Abstract)
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2013. Conserved shell disguises diversity in Mesodontrachia land snails from the Australian Monsoon Tropics (Gastropoda: Camaenidae). Zoologica Scripta, 42: 389-405 (Abstract).
  • Köhler, F., Criscione, F. 2013. Arnhemtrachia ramingining – a new species and new genus of land snail from Arnhemland, Australia (Pulmonata: Camaenidae). Molluscan Research, 33: 110-115 (PDF).
  • McCranie, J.R., Köhler, F., Gutsche, A., Orellana, L.V. 2013. Trachemys emolli (Emydidae) in Honduras and its systematic relationships based on mitochondrial DNA. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 89: 21-29 (Abstract)
  • Shu, F., Köhler, F., Fu, C. & Wang, H. 2013. A new species of Gyraulus (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) from Ancient Lake Lugu, Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, Southwest China. Molluscan Research, 33: 34-39 (Abstract)
  • Criscione, F., Köhler, F. 2013. Six new species of Australocosmica Köhler, 2011 from the Kimberley islands, Western Australia (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Camaenidae). Zootaxa, 3608: 101-115 (Abstract).
  • Miura, O., Köhler, F., Lee, T., Li, J., O'Foighil, D. 2013. Rare, divergent Korean Semisulcospira spp. mitochondrial haplotypes have Japanese sister lineages. Journal of Molluscan Studies79: 86-89 (Abstract).
  • Whisson, C., Köhler, F. 2013. Gastrocopta (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pupillidae) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. ZooKeys, 261: 15-39 (Abstract). 
2012
  • Criscione, F., Law, M. L., Köhler, F. 2012. Land snail diversity in the monsoon tropics of Northern Australia: Revision of the genus Exiligada Iredale, 1939 (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Camaenidae), with description of 13 new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 166: 689–722 (Abstract).
  • Gomez-Berning, M., Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2012. Catalogue of the nominal taxa of Mesoamerican Pachychilidae (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda). Zootaxa, 3381: 1-44 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Johnson, M.S. 2012. Species limits in molecular phylogenies: A cautionary tale from Australian land snails (Camaenidae: Amplirhagada). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 165: 337-362 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Kessner, V., Whisson, C. 2012. New records of non-marine, non-camaenid gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from islands off the Kimberley coast, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 27: 21-39.
  • Gibson, L., Köhler, F. 2012. Determinants of species richness and similarity of species composition of land snails of the Kimberley islands. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Suppl. 81: 40-65 (Article)
  • Faith, D., Köhler, F., Puslednik, L., Ballard, J.W.O. 2012. Corroboration assessments and recent progress towards integrative systematics: A reply to Farris and Carpenter. Zootaxa, 3235: 65-68 (Article).
  • Köhler, F. 2012. Taxonomic revision of two endemic land snail genera from the Top End of Northern Australia with remarks on two problematic species named by de Férussac and Le Guillou (Eupulmonata, Camaenidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 88: 53-62 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Shea, M. 2012. Youwanjela, a new genus of land snail from the Kimberley, Western Australia (Eupulmonata: Camaenidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 88: 25–31 (Abstract)
     
2011
  • Köhler, F. 2011. Descriptions of new species of the diverse and endemic land snail Amplirhagada Iredale, 1933 from rainforest patches across the Kimberley, Western Australia (Pulmonata: Camaenidae). Records of the Australian Museum, 63: 167–202 (Article)
  • Köhler, F. 2011. The camaenid species of the Kimberley Islands, Western Australia (Stylommatophora: Helicoidea). Malacologia, 54: 203–406. (Abstract
  • McCranie, J.R., Gutsche, A., Köhler, F., Orellana, L.V. 2011. Newly discovered populations of the Honduran endemic salamanders Oedipina kasios and Oedipina quadra (Caudata: Plethodontidae). Salamandra, 47: 169-172.
  • Faith, D., Köhler, F., Puslednik, L., Ballard, J.W.O. 2011. Phylogenies with corroboration assessment. Zootaxa, 2946: 52–56 (Article)
  • Köhler, F. 2011. Australocosmica, a new genus of land snails from the Kimberley, Western Australia (Eupulmonata, Camaenidae). Malacologia, 53: 199−216 (Abstract)
2010
  • Köhler, F. 2010. Uncovering local endemism in the Kimberley, Western Australia: Description of new species of the genus Amplirhagada Iredale, 1933 (Pulmonata, Camaenidae). Records of the Australian Museum, 62: 217-284 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Deein, G. 2010. Hybridisation as potential source of incongruence between morphology and molecules in a cryptic species complex of Thai freshwater gastropods (Pachychilidae: Brotia H. Adams, 1866). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 86: 301-314 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Du, L.-N., Yang, J.-X. 2010. A new species of Brotia from Yunnan, China (Caenogastropoda, Pachychilidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 86: 295-300 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Panha, S., Glaubrecht, M. 2010. Causation of a riverine radiation: assessment and evaluation of the morphological and genetical differentiation in a species flock of viviparous gastropods (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae). In: Glaubrecht, M. (ed.), Evolution in action. Case studies in adaptive radiation, speciation, and the origin of biodiversity, pp. 513-550. Heidelberg, Berlin (Springer) (Abstract)
  • Plötner, J., Uzzell, T., Beerli, P., Akin, C., Bilgin, C., Haefeli, Ohst, T., C., Köhler, F., Schreiber, R., Reyer, H.-U., Guex, G.-D., Litvinchuk, S., Westaway, R., Reyer, H.-U., Pruvost, N., Hotz, H. 2010. Genetic divergence and evolution of reproductive isolation in Eastern Mediterranean water frogs. In: Glaubrecht, M. (ed.). Evolution in action. Case studies in adaptive radiation, speciation, and the origin of biodiversity, pp. 373-403. Heidelberg, Berlin (Springer) (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F. 2010. Three new species and two new genera of land snails from the Bonaparte Archipelago in the Kimberley, Western Australia (Pulmonata, Camaenidae). Molluscan Research, 30: 1–16 (Abstract)
  • Shu, F., Köhler, F., Wang, H. 2010. On the shell and radular morphology of two endangered species of the genus Margarya Nevill, 1877 (Gastropoda: Viviparidae) from lakes of the Yunnan Plateau, Southwest China. Molluscan Research, 30: 17–24 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2010. Uncovering an overlooked radiation: molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Madagascar’s endemic river snails (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae: Madagasikara gen. nov.). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 99: 867–894 (Abstract)
2009
  • Willan, R.C., Köhler, F., Kessner, V., Braby, M.F. 2009. Description of four new species of limestone associated Torresitrachia land snails (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Camaenidae) from the Katherine District of the Northern Territory, with comments on their conservation. The Beagle, 25: 85-98 (Abstract)
  • Plötner, J., Köhler, F., Uzzell, T., Beerli, P., Schreiber, R., Guex, G.-D., Hotz, H. 2009. Evolution of serum albumin intron-1 is shaped by a 5' truncated non-long terminal repeat retrotransposon in western Palearctic water frogs (Neobatrachia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53: 784-791.
  • Köhler, F., Dames, C. 2009. Phylogeny and systematics of the Pachychilidae of mainland Southeast Asia – novel insights from morphology and mitochondrial DNA (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda, Cerithioidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 157: 679-699 (Abstract)
  • Köhler, F., Holford, M., Do, V. T., Ho T. H. 2009. Exploring a largely unknown fauna: On the diversity of pachychilid freshwater gastropods in Vietnam (Caenogastropoda: Cerithioidea). Molluscan Research, 29: 121-146 (Abstract)
  • Strong, E., Köhler, F. 2009. Morphological and molecular analysis of "Melania" jacqueti Dautzenberg & Fischer, 1906: from anonymous orphan to critical basal offshoot of the Semisulcospiridae (Gastropoda: Cerithioidea). Zoologica Scripta, 38: 483-502.
  • Ozawa, T., Köhler, F., Reid, D.G., Glaubrecht, M. 2009. Tethyan relicts on continental coastlines of the northwestern Pacific Ocean and Australasia: molecular phylogeny and fossil record of batillariid gastropods (Caenogastropoda: Cerithioidea). Zoologica Scripta, 38: 503-525.
  • Tëmkin, I., Glaubrecht, M., Köhler, F. 2009. Wilhelm Dunker, his collection, and pteriid systematics. Malacologia, 51: 39-79.
2008
  • Gutsche, A., Köhler, F. 2008. Phylogeography and hybridization in Ctenosaura-species (Sauria, Iguanidae) from Caribbean Honduras: insights from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 84: 245-253.
  • Köhler, F., Brinkmann, N., Glaubrecht, M. 2008. Convergence caused confusion: On the systematics of the freshwater gastropod Sulcospira pisum (Brot, 1868) (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae). Malacologia, 50: 331-339.
  • Köhler, F., Günther, R. 2008. The radiation of microhylid frogs (Amphibia: Anura) on New Guinea: A mitochondrial phylogeny reveals parallel evolution of morphological and life history traits and disproves the current morphology-based classification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 47: 353-365.
  • Köhler, F., Schultze, K.-J., Günther, R., Plötner, J. 2008. On the genetic diversity in the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene of Platymantis frogs from Western New Guinea (Anura: Ceratobatrachidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 46: 177-185.
  • Dijkstra, H.H., Köhler, F. 2008. An annotated catalogue of Recent Pectinoidea (Mollusca: Pectinidae and Propeamussiidae) type material in the Museum of Natural History, Humboldt University, Berlin. Zoosystematics and Evolution, 84: 29-42.
  • Köhler, F. 2008. Two new species of Brotia from Laos (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda, Pachychilidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 84: 47-53.
2007
  • Köhler, F. 2007. Annotated type catalogue of the Bulimulinae (Pulmonata, Orthalicoidea, Bulimulidae) in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 83: 125-159.
  • Glaubrecht, M., Feher, Z., Köhler, F. 2007. Inventorizing an invader: Annotated type catalogue of Corbiculidae Gray, 1847 (Bivalvia, Heterodonta, Veneroida), including Old World freshwater Corbicula in the Natural History Museum Berlin. Malacologia, 49: 243-272.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2007. Out of Asia and into India - On the molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the endemic freshwater gastropod Paracrostoma Cossmann, 1900 (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 91: 627-651.
  • Plötner, J., Köhler, F., Uzzell, T., Beerli, P., 2007. Molecular systematics of amphibians. In Heatwole, H. & Tyler, M.J. (eds.) Amphibian Biology, vol. 7, pp. 2573-2756. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia.
  • Köhler, F. 2007. From DNA taxonomy to barcoding – how a vague idea evolved into a biosystematic tool. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 83 (Suppl.): 44-51.
2006
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2006. A systematic revision of the Southeast Asian freshwater gastropod Brotia (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae). Malacologia, 48: 159-251.
  • Monsecour, K., Köhler, F. 2006. Annotated list of columbellid types held in the Malacological Collection of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda, Columbellidae). Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 82: 282-306.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2006. The types of Ampullariidae Gray, 1824 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the Malacological Collection of the Natural History Museum, Berlin: an annotated catalogue with lectotype designations. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 82: 201-218.
2005
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2005. Fallen into oblivion – the systematic affinities of the enigmatic Sulcospira Troschel, 1858 (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae), a genus of viviparous freshwater gastropods from Java. Nautilus, 119: 15-26, 90-91.
2004
  • Köhler, F., Rintelen, T. von, Meyer, A., Glaubrecht, M. 2004. Multiple origin of viviparity in Southeast Asian gastropods (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae) and its evolutionary implications. Evolution, 58: 2215-2226.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2004. Addendum to the catalogue of cephalopod types in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, with remarks on Onychoteuthis taxa described by Hinrich Lichtenstein. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 80: 275-282.
  • Glaubrecht, M., Köhler, F. 2004. Radiating in a river: systematics, molecular genetics and morphological differentiation of viviparous freshwater gastropods endemic to the Kaek River, Central Thailand (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 82: 275-311.
2003-1
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2003. Morphology, reproductive biology and molecular genetics of ovovivi-parous freshwater gastropods (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae) from the Philippines, with description of the new genus Jagora. Zoologica Scripta, 32: 35-59.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2002. Annotated catalogue of the nominal taxa of Southeast Asian freshwater gastropods, family Pachychilidae Troschel, 1857 (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda: Cerithioidea), with an evaluation of their types. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Reihe, 78: 121-156.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2002. A new species of Brotia. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 68: 353-357.
  • Köhler, F., Glaubrecht, M. 2001. Toward a systematic revision of the Southeast Asian freshwater gastropod Brotia H. Adams, 1866 (Cerithioidea: Pachychilidae): an account of species from around the South China Sea. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 67: 281-318.