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J. Matthias Starck

Prof. Dr. J. Matthias Starck

Group leader


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
Department of Biology II
Functional Morphology Group
Großhaderner Straße 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Room: B01.056
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 74134
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180 9974134

Office hours:
Monday 15:00h - 17:00h


  • phenotype-environment interactions in vertebrates
  • phenotypic (structural and functional) responses of the organism to changes in the environment

We integrate morphological and physiological approaches to gain a mechanistic understanding of phenotype changes in vertebrates. We use non-invasive techniques to obtain repeated measures of individuals under variable physiological conditions in the field and in the lab. The goal of this research program is to understand the organisms’ short term and long term responses to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Research in the lab is focused on:

  • Exercise physiology of dogs
  • Structural diversity of mitochondria
  • Cardiovascular adaptations in sauropsids

Published Papers

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Curriculum Vitae

  • 1988 PhD, University of Freiburg
  • 1988 – 1990 Postdoc at Institute of Zoology, University of Tübingen
  • 1990 – 1993 Research associate at Institute of Zoology, University of Tübingen
  • 1993/1994 Visiting researcher at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 1994 – 1997 Research associate at Institute of Zoology, University of Tübingen
  • 1996 Habilitation in Zoology, University of Tübingen
  • 1997 – 2001 Heisenberg Fellow, Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Jena
  • 2001 – 2003 Lecturer Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Jena
  • since 2003 Professor of Zoology, Department Biologie II, University of Munich (LMU)