Martin Vinther Sørensen
Associate Professor, Curator
Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 København K
Jun. 1990 Graduation from High School/College
Aug. 1992 Begin biology study at U. Copenhagen
Jul. 12, 1998 MSc-degree awarded at the Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen. Project title: Aspects of the Rotifer Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Trophi-morphology - with Special Reference to the Greenlandic Rotifers
Nov. 14, 2001 Ph.D.-degree awarded at the Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen. Project title: On the Phylogeny and Jaw Evolution of Gnathifera
Sep. 2008 Graduate "Higher University Teaching" course (DK: adjunktpædagogikum), U. Copenhagen.
2001 Scientific web-editor on the Invertebrate Department, Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen, funded by the Faculty of Science
2002 - 03 Post-doc on the Invertebrate Department, Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen (Carlsberg Foundation grants no. ANS-0178/20 and ANS-0724/20)
2004 Post-doc in Giribet Laboratory, Dept. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (Danish Natural Science Research Council grant no. 21-03-0361)
2005 - 08 Post-doc in Ancient DNA and Evolution Group, Dept. of Biology, U. Copenhagen (Danish Natural Science Research Council Steno Stipend; grant no.: 21-04-0331)
2008 Post-doc in Ancient DNA and Evolution Group, Dept. of Biology, U. Copenhagen (Danish Natural Science Research Council; grant no.: 2136-07-0064)
2008 - 13 Associate professor on the Invertebrate Department, Natural History Museum of Denmark, U. Copenhagen
2008 Associate professor at Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, U. Copenhagen
Working groups and collaborative network
AToL - Assembling Tree of Life, Harvard University a.o.
Trainee in group since 2004, and co-investigator since 2005. The group is supported by the NSF (National Science Foundation) Tree of Life program, and lead by Prof. Gonzalo Giribet, Harvard University. The group members represent a broad range of international researchers that focus on metazoan phylogeny and evolution using a combined molecular and morphological approach.
ZM Meiofauna Group, Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen
Member of group since 1996. The group is lead by Prof. Reinhardt Møbjerg Kristensen, and members are situated at the Zoological Museum and Biological Institute, U. Copenhagen. The group's research focuses on various aspects of systematics, taxonomy, evolution, and comparative morphology among microscopic invertebrates.
Teaching and supervising
Tutor in Invertebrate Zoology, Zoological Institute, University of Copenhagen
Tutor in Marine biology, Marine Biological Laboratory, Frederikshavn, U. Copenhagen
Teacher in Zoological Morphology, Zoological Institute, U. Copenhagen
Teacher in Polar Biology, Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen
Teacher in Systematics and morphology of marine invertebrates, Marine Biological Laboratory, Frederikshavn, U. Copenhagen
Teacher in Invertebrate Morphology, Zoological Museum, U. Copenhagen
Teacher in Evolutionary Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology, U. Copenhagen
Teacher at the ph.d. course "Fluorescence labeling and digital 3D reconstructionof nervous and muscle systems in marine invertebrates", Biological Institute, U. Copenhagen
Teacher at the 7th NaGISA Taxonomy Workshop Program, Seto Marine Biological Station, University of Kyoto, Japan
Teacher at the graduate student course "Evolution and Ancient DNA: Practise and Theory", Biological Institute, U. Copenhagen
Teacher at the graduate student course "Marine Faunistics", Biological Institute, U. Copenhagen
Supervisor for undergraduate MSc.-student Mette Mathiassen (Aarhus University): Investigations on Arctic Rotifers (1999)
Supervisor for graduate student MSc.-student Jonas Thormar (U. Copenhagen): Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Echinoderes, Kinorhyncha (2007-08)
Grants and Special awards (see also "Employment")
Research Grant from the Bermuda Zoological Society (2000); Awarded with the Schibbye Award from the Danish Natural History Society (2001); Co-investigator on the Zoomorphological Grant from the Danish Natural Science Research Council (Grant no. 51-00-0278) (2001-03); Co-investigator on the Ecdysozoa Grant from the Danish Natural Science Research Council (2004-06) (Grant no. 21-04-0047); Co-PI on the Danish Research Agency equipment grant: Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope (2005); Co-investigator on the US NSF AToL grant "Assembling Tree of Life". (2005-2008); Co-PI on the Villum Kann Rasmussen Grant: "The Ikka Fjord and its columns" (2006-2009); Personal Carlsberg Foundation instrument grant: "Olympus light microscope" (2005). Personal Novo Nordisk Foundation equipment grant (2005). European Union SYNTHESYS grant for research visit at Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (2006); Co-investigator on the Zoological Museum's Danish Galathea 3 participation grant from the VKR Foundation (2006); Co-Pi on Faculty Research Grant, U. Copenhagen (2008).
Panels and Committees: External panel member of the EU Synthesys DE-TAF (2007-2008).
Associate editor for Zoologischer Anzeiger and Frontiers in Marine Science - Marine Systematics and Taxonomy.
Reviewer of Journals and Volumes: Animal Biology, Cahiers de Biologie Marine, Contributions to Zoology, Fauna of Arabia, GFF - Transactions of the Geological Society in Stockholm, Helgoland Marine Research, Integrative & Comparative Biology, Journal of Morphology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Biology, Marine Biology Research, Meiofauna Marina, Tissue and Cell, Zoologischer Anzeiger, Zoological Science, Zoomorphology, Zootaxa (and others)
Other services: Member of the Taxonomic Cadre under the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce; Secretary in the organizing committee for the First International Conference for Invertebrate Morphology, Denmark 2008.