Dr Helena Wiklund

Dr Helena Wiklund

Post-Doc Research Assistant,Seabed Resources

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates
Contact: email

Deep-Sea Systematics and Ecology Research Group

Adrian Glover, Helena Wiklund


I am a postdoctoral research assistant working with taxonomy and molecular systematics. My main interest is in the marine segmented worms, Polychaeta, although in the project I am currently involved in I also work with molecular identification of other marine invertebrate taxa, e.g. corals, echinoderms and molluscs.



PhD, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2005 - 2009

Employment history


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2013

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2010


Amon DJ, Wiklund H, Dahlgren TG, Copley JT, Smith CR, Jamieson AJ, Glover AG (2014) Molecular taxonomy of Osedax (Annelida: Siboglinidae) in the Southern Ocean. Zoologica Scripta, 43 (4): 405 - 417. doi: 10.1111/zsc.12057

SALVO FLORA, WIKLUND HELENA, DUFOUR SUZANNEC, HAMOUTENE DOUNIA, POHLE GERHARD, WORSAAE KATRINE (2014) A new annelid species from whalebones in Greenland and aquaculture sites in Newfoundland: Ophryotrocha cyclops, sp. nov. (Eunicida: Dorvilleidae). Zootaxa, 3887 (5): 555 - 555. doi: 10.11646/Zootaxa.3887.5.3

Glover AG, Wiklund H, Taboada S, Avila C, Cristobo J, Smith CR, Kemp KM, Jamieson AJ, Dahlgren TG (2013) Bone-eating worms from the Antarctic: the contrasting fate of whale and wood remains on the Southern Ocean seafloor. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 280 (1768): 20131390 - 20131390. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1390

Amon DJ, Glover AG, Wiklund H, Marsh L, Linse K, Rogers AD, Copley JT (2013) The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92 : 87 - 96. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.028

Taboada S, Wiklund H, Glover AG, Dahlgren TG, Cristobo J, Avila C (2013) Two new Antarctic Ophryotrocha (Annelida: Dorvilleidae) described from shallow-water whale bones. Polar Biology, 36 (7): 1031 - 1045. doi: 10.1007/s00300-013-1326-4

Shields MA, Glover AG, Wiklund H (2013) Polynoid polychaetes of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and a new holothurian association. Marine Biology Research, 9 : 547 - 553. doi: 10.1080/17451000.2012.749992

NEAL L, Barnich R, WIKLUND H, GLOVER AG (2012) A new genus and species of Polynoidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea, Southern Ocean-a region of high taxonomic novelty. Zootaxa, (3542): 80 - 88.

Norlinder E, Nygren A, WIKLUND H, Pleijel F (2012) Phylogeny of scale-worms (Aphroditiformia, Annelida), assessed from 18SrRNA, 28SrRNA, 16SrRNA, mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI), and morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 65 (2): 490 - 500. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.07.002

WIKLUND H, Altamira IV, GLOVER AG, Smith CR, Baco AR, Dahlgren TG (2012) Systematics and biodiversity of Ophryotrocha (Annelida, Dorvilleidae) with descriptions of six new species from deep-sea whale-fall and wood-fall habitats in the north-east Pacific. Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 (2): 243 - 259. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2012.693970

Verna C, Ramette A, Wiklund H, Dahlgren TG, GLOVER AG, Gaill F, Dubilier N (2010) High symbiont diversity in the bone-eating worm Osedax mucofloris from shallow whale-falls in the North Atlantic. Environmental Microbiology, 12 (8): 2355 - 2370. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02299.x

Thurber AR, Kröger K, Neira C, Wiklund H, Levin LA (2010) Stable isotope signatures and methane use by New Zealand cold seep benthos. Marine Geology, 272 : 260 - 269. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2009.06.001

Ravara A, Wiklund H, Cunha MR, Pleijel F (2010) Phylogenetic relationships within Nephtyidae (Polychaeta, Annelida). Zoologica Scripta, 39 (4): 394 - 405. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2010.00424.x

Wiklund H, GLOVER AG, Dahlgren TG (2009) Three new Ophryotrocha (Annelida: Dorvilleidae) species from a whale-fall in the north-east Atlantic. Zootaxa, 2228 (2228): 43 - 56.

Wiklund H, GLOVER AG, Johannessen PJ, Dahlgren TG (2009) Cryptic species at organic-rich marine habitats: a new bacteriovore annelid from whale-fall and fish farms in the North-East Atlantic. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155 (4): 774 - 785. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00469.x

Wiklund H, Nygren A, Pleijel F, Sundberg P (2008) The phylogenetic relationships between Amphinomidae, Archinomidae and Euphrosinidae (Amphinomida: Aciculata: Polychaeta), inferred from molecular data. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 88 (3)doi: 10.1017/S0025315408000982

PLEIJEL FREDRIK, ROUSE GREGW, RUTA CHRISTINE, WIKLUND HELENA, NYGREN ARNE (2008) Vrijenhoekia balaenophila, a new hesionid polychaete from a whale fall off California. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 152 (4): 625 - 634. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2007.00360.x

Ruta C, Nygren A, Rousset V, Sundberg P, Tillier A, Wiklund H, Pleijel F (2007) Phylogeny of Hesionidae (Aciculata, Polychaeta), assessed from morphology, 18S rDNA, 28S rDNA, 16S rDNA and COI. Zoologica Scripta, 36 (1): 99 - 107. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2006.00255.x

Wiklund H, Nygren A, Pleijel F, Sundberg P (2005) Phylogeny of Aphroditiformia (Polychaeta) based on molecular and morphological data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 37 (2): 494 - 502. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2005.07.005