Dr Bjoern Von Reumont

Bjoern von Reumont
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

  • Oct 2013 – present        Postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London.
  • Oct 2012 – Sept 2013   Postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London.
  • Feb 2010 – Jun 2012    Postdoc position at the ZFMK Bonn, within the DMP project.


  • Oct 2005 – Jan 2010     PhD [Final Grade: Magna cum laude, 1.3], Study: 'Molecular insights to crustacean phylogeny' within the DFG priority program: 'Deep Metazoan Phylogeny'
  • Mar 2004 – Mar 2005    Master [Final Grade: Sehr gut, 1.4], Thesis: 'Phylogeography of the Zygaena angelicae/transalpina complex based on phylogenetic and Nested Clade Analysis using mt-DNA.'
  • Feb 2004                         Master exam: Zoology. Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • Oct 1999 – Jan 2003     Study of Biology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn

Non-university employment and school education

  • Jul 2005 – Sep 2005      Scientific assistant for network and computational administration at the ZFMK, Bonn
  • Aug 1999 –Apr 2005      Student assistant at “Informatikzentrum der Sparkassenorganisation (SIZ) GmbH Bonn“
  • Oct 1997                           Training course at the Nature Conservation Academy of NABU Deutschland: Nature and Species conservation, Public relations and applied environmental politics
  • Sep 1997 –Sep 1998     Zivildienst (Civilian Service) at the Naturschutzbund (NABU), Regional Group Bonn Rhein-Sieg): Habitat protection and preservation, field mapping, public relations, excursions
  • May 1997                          Degree “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” [Final Mark: 1.6]
  • Jun 1994                          Stay at College Karl Marx, Villejuef, Paris [France]
  • Mar 1990                          Stay at Forfar Academy, Secondary School, Speyside Destrict [Scotland]
  • 1987 –  1997                    Visit of the Städtisches Kopernikus-Gymnasium Niederkassel
  • 1983 –  1987                    Visit of the Katholische Grundschule Niederkassel

Professional Roles

Teaching experience

  • Oct 2013, Lecturer: MRes course 'Biodiversity, Evolution and Conversation'. Data quality in phylogenetics and phylogenomics.
  • July 2009, Teaching assistant: 'Marine Arthropoda and Annelida'.
  • July 2008, Teaching assistant: 'Marine Invertebrate Zoology'.
  • May 2007, Teaching assistant: 'Marine Invertebrate Zoology'.
  • Dec 2006, Teaching assistant: 'Phylogeny and Systematics'.
  • Dec 2005, Teaching assistant: 'Phylogeny and Systematics'.

Generally: Introducing and supervising of students to molecular evolution, principles of evolutionary theory and laboratory molecular work.


Research stays longer than 5 days.

  • Jul 2012 – Sep 2012,Research stay and cave diving explorations in Cala Gonone, Collection of stygobiontic crustaceans and insects [Sardinia, Italy]
  • Jan 2012, Cave diving expedition [Yucatan, Mexico]
  • Aug 2011, Deeper diving ’Meiofauna’-exploration (Cephalocarida), Cala Gonnone [Sardinia, Italy]
  • Oct 2010, Coastal diving ’Meiofauna’-exploration (Cephalocarida), Cala Gonnone [Sardinia, Italy]
  • Aug 2010, Material collection “Interstitialfauna’ (Mystacocarida), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
  • Sep 2009, Material collection ’Interstitialfauna’ (Mystacocarida, Crustacea), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
  • Jun 2009, Research stay at DESY Hamburg (Synchroton scanning of crustaceans, insects and other arthropods) [Germany]
  • Jan 2009, Material collection ’Interstitial – and Benthosfauna’ (Mystacocarida, Leptostraca), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
  • Nov 2008, Cave Diving Expedition to collect (Remipedia), near Akumal [Yucatan, Mexico]
  • Sep 2008, Collecting Crustacea by Scuba Diving [Sardinia, Italy]
  • Jul 2008, Collecting Crustacea (Leptostraca, Ostracoda, Cephalocarida) by Scuba Diving [Giglio, Italy]
  • Jun 2008, Research Stay Rutgers University, [New Jersey, USA]
  • Jul 2007, Research Stay TAMUG University, [Texas, USA] / Cave diving [Yucatan, Mexico]
  • May 2007, Collection of Crustacea by Meiofauna sampling, [Giglio, Italy]
  • May 2006, Research Stay at DZMB Wilhelmshaven, “Meionord-Expedition” on Research Vessel ’Heincke’ (benthic/pelagic meiofauna collection), [Germany]
  • Mar 2006, Collecting Mystacocarida and other Crustacea, Biological Marine Station Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
  • Jun 2004, Collection of butterflies, [Germany, Austria and Czech Republic]
  • Jul 2004, Collection of butterflies, Thessaly and Epiros [Greece]
  • Aug 1997, International nature conservation project [Portugal]: “Vulture protection in the nature conservation area “Parque natural do Tejo International (PNTI)“

Grants and funding raised

  • Oct 2013 – Jul 2014, DFG Research Grant (RE- 3454/2)
  • Aug 2013, NHM DIF, travel allowance (Mexico Feb 2014)
  • Oct 2012 – Sep 2013, DFG Research Grant (RE- 3454/1)
  • 2009, Raiffeisenbank Rhein Sieg, Bonn (Sponsor of travel allowance)
  • 2008, Alexander Koenig Stiftung (travel allowance)
  • 2004, Alexander Koenig Stiftung (travel allowance)
  • 1998 – 2002, Molinari Stiftung
  • Equipment: Poseidon Tauchprodukte GmbH (Sponsor 2008), Protec Sardinia (Sponsor 2008 -2012)

Memberships and reviewed journals

Memberships: Systematics Association, Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft
Reviewer for: MPE (Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution), MBE (Molecular Biology and Evolution), BMC Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Crustacean Biology, JZSEB (Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research)


  • Feb 2008, Co-organizer of the 5th “European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting” and the 1st  “Arthropod Primer Toolbox Meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
  • Nov 2007, Organizer of the workshop “Alignment masking and analyses of secondary structures”, ZFMK Bonn, with AG Prof. Koenemann,
  • Jul 2007, “Tropical Marine Ecology” course Texas A&M University (TAMUG, USA)
  • Nov 2006, Co-organizer of the “3rd European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
  • Feb 2006, Co-organizer of the “ 2nd European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
  • Apr 2007, Phylogeny workshop: “tree alignment and databases”, Vienna. Austria
  • May 2006, Laboratory workshop: “cDNA libraries and cloning”. Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. Berlin. Germany

Other activities

  • Mar 2011 – Mar 2012, Economic Course (AKAD): Project management & decision techniques.
  • Since May 2007, Scuba diving (PADI: OW, AOWD, Nitrox), Cave diving (Tech Essential, IANTD/NACD: Full Cave diver).
  • Since Nov 1998, Founder of the “Bonner Arbeitskreis für Fledermausschutz, (BAFF)”: Research and protect the local bat fauna, Conservation politics of local cave systems.
  • Since Nov 1994, Active member (talks and public relations) of the “Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delfine (GRD)”: Protection of Cetaceans and other marine species, talks, public relations, education about overfishing, marine pollution and possible sustainable approaches.

Language skills: English fluently. French basic knowledge
Interests: Biology, Science, History, Technology, Politics, Sports, Speleology, Diving



The first venomous crustacean, Remipedia

Currently, we describe the first venomous crustacean based on Next Generation Sequencing transcriptomics of body and venom gland tissue to analyse the venom composition. Additionally, Synchrotron µ-Computer Tomography is used to reconstruct three-dimensionally the venom delivery system.

The graphics show the cephalothorax of the remipede Speleonectes tulumensis on the left and the dissected venom glands to proceed with the venom gland mRNA isolation. mxu = maxillula, cep = cephalothorax, rv = venom reservoir, dc = venom ductus, gl = venom gland.

Comparative venom studies

Venoms are composed of highly specific components referred to as toxins, which are mainly recruited by duplication events of proteins that are non-venomous. Consequently, venoms are composed of proteins that evolved highly convergent.

Remipedia crustaceans play a key role as the most likely taxon that is closest related to hexapods within pancrustaceans. To understand the evolution of venom proteins in hexapods, like e.g. venom allergen 5 (CRISP family), the venom toxins identified in remipedes are crucial.

Including taxa like remiepeds, centipedes and polychaetes, a comparative study with known and previously neglected venomous taxa improves our understanding of the process and mechanism of venom evolution in general.

Pancrustacean phylogenomics

Present data

To reveal a plausible phylogeny of pancrustaceans is today still a challenge. After the ambiguous results from single and multigene studies,  phylogenomic data contributed a few insights to the position of single taxa. Namely the Remipedia as closest relatives to Hexapoda are highly supported. This result is also supported by older morphological data interpretation and recent evelopmental and neuroanatomical data.

A summary of the different phylogenetic hypotheses on the possible crustacean sistergroup to Hexapoda is given in the graphics (right). A: Polytomic clade of Remipedia + Malacostraca + Hexapoda supported by neuroanatomical and larval development studies (Fanenbruck et al. 2004; Fanenbruck & Harzsch 2005; Koenemann et al. 2009). B: Branchiopoda as sistergroup to Hexapoda as proposed by Glenner et al. (2006). C: Remipedia + Cephalocarida as sistergroup to Hexapoda as proposed by Regier and colleagues (Regier et al. 2010). D: The present hypothesis corroborated by recent molecular (von Reumont et al. 2009), mainly phylogenomic data (von Reumont et al. 2012, Oakley et al. 2013). Phylogenomic data for Cephalocarida is, however, still missing.

Supposed evolutionary scenario

The figure (right) summarizes new insights and open issues concerning crustacean phylogeny based on molecular and morphological data. Brown arrows and lines represent evolutionary lineages. Circles represent nodes that are strongly supported by morphological and molecular data. Dashed lines indicate more weakly supported relationships. Question marks indicate branches whose position is uncertain: variously because of ambiguity in the molecular data (red), conflict with morphological data (red), or a large gap in the fossil record (orange).



Reviewed articles

In prep

working title: von Reumont* BM, Campbell L*,Richter S, Hering L, Hetmank J, Jenner RA, Bleidorn C. An annelid’s powerful punch, venom gland transcriptomics of Glycera reveal an extremely diverse venom cocktail.


19.) Perina A, von Reumont BM, Martínez- Lage A, González-Tizón AM. (2014). Accessing transcriptomic data for ecologically important genes in the goose barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes), with particular focus on cement proteins. Marine Genomics, accepted

18.)von Reumont BM, Wägele JW (2014). Advances in molecular phylogeny of crustaceans in the light of phylogenomic data. In: Deep Metazoan Phylogeny: The backbone of the Tree of Life. Wägele J.W.; Bartholomäus T. (Hrsg.). De Gruyter: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181254

17.) Stocsits R, Letsch H, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Misof B, Hertel J, Tafer H, Stadler PF  (2013). RNA in phylogenetic reconstruction. In: Deep Metazoan Phylogeny: The backbone of the Tree of Life. Wägele J.W.; Bartholomäus T. (Hrsg.). De Gruyter: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181254

16.) von Reumont BM, Blanke A, Richter S, Alvarez F, Bleidorn C, Jenner RA (2014). The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin.  Molecular Biology and Evolution. 31(1): 48-58. Open Access link: http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/10/16/molbev.mst199.short?rss=1


15.) Misof B, Meyer B, von Reumont BM, Kuck P, Misof K, Meusemann K (2013). Selecting informative subsets of sparse supermatrices increases the chance to find correct trees. BMC Bioinformatics. 14(1): 348

14.) Schwarz A, von Reumont BM, Erhart J, Chagas AC, Ribeiro JMC, Kotsyfakis M (2013). De novo Ixodes ricinus salivary gland transcriptome analysis using two different next-generation sequencing methodologies. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Published online August 20, 2013, doi:10.1096/fj.13-232140http://www.fasebj.org/content/early/2013/08/13/fj.13-232140.abstract

13.) Stemme T, TIliffe TM,  von Reumont BM, Koenemann S, Harzsch S, Bicker G (2013). Serotonin-immunoreactive neurons in the ventral nerve cord of Remipedia (Crustacea): support for a sister group relationship of Remipedia and Hexapoda? BMC Evolutionary Biology 13 (1): 119. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/13/119/abstract

12.) Bernt M, Bleidorn C, Braband A, Dambach J, Donath A, Fritzsch G, Golombek A, Hadrys H, Jühling F, Meusemann K, Martin Middendorf M,  Misof B, Perseke M, Podsiadlowski L, von Reumont BM, Schierwater B, Schlegel M, Schrödl M,  Simon S, Stadler PF, Stöger I, Struck TH (2013). A comprehensive analysis of bilaterian mitochondrial genomes and phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.05.002. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790313001942


11.) von Reumont BM, Jenner RA, Wills MA, Dell´Ampio E, Pass G, Ebersberger I, Meusemann K, Meyer B, Koenemann S, Iliffe TM, Stamatakis A, Niehuis O, Misof B (2012): Pancrustacean phylogeny in the light of new phylogenomic data: support for Remipedia as the possible sister group of Hexapoda. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29 (3) 1031-1045.

10.) von Reumont BM, Struwe J-F, Schwarzer J, Misof B (2012): Phylogeography of the burnet moth Zygaena transalpina-complex: molecular and morphometrical differentiation suggests glacial refugia in Southern France, Western Europe and micro refugia within the Alps. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 50 (1) 38-50. 


9.) Rehm P, Borner J, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Simon S, Hadrys H, Misof B, Burmester T (2011): Dating the arthropod tree based on large-scale transcriptome data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61 (3): 880-887.

8.) von Reumont BM, Meid Sandra, Misof Bernhard: Aspects of quality and project management in analyses of large scale sequencing data (2011). In: Wide spectra of quality control, INTECH Open Access Publisher ISBN 9789533076836: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/aspects-of-quality-and-project-management-in-analyses-of-large-scale-sequencing-data. 


7.) Meusemann K*, v. Reumont BM*, Simon S, Roeding F, Kück P, Strauss S, Ebersberger I, Walzl M, Pass G, Breuers S, Achter V, v. Haeseler A, Burmester T, Hadrys H, Wägele JW, Misof B* (2010): A phylogenomic approach to resolve the arthropod tree of life. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27 (11): 2451-2464.

6.) Kück P, Meusemann K, Dambach J, Thormann B, v. Reumont BM, Wägelge JW, Misof B (2010): Parametric and non-parametric masking of randomness in sequence alignments can be improved and leads to better resolved trees. Frontiers in Zoology, 7:10.

5.) Koenemann S, Hoenemann M, Stemme T, Jenner RA, v. Reumont BM (2010): Arthropod phylogeny revisited, with a focus on crustacean relationships.  Arthropod Structure and Development 39, 88-110. 

4.)v. Reumont, BM, Burmester, T. (2010): Remipedia and the evolution of hexapods. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). DOI: 10.1002/9780470015092a0022862.


3.) Ertas B, v. Reumont BM, Wägele JW, Misof B, Burmester T (2009): Hemocyanin suggests a close relationship of Remipedia and Hexapoda. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 26 (12): 2711-2718.

2.)v. Reumont BM, Meusemann K, Szucsich NU, Dell’Ampio E, Gowri-Shankar V, Bartel D, Simon S, Letsch HO, Stocsits R, Luan YX, Wägele JW, Pass G, Hadrys H, Misof B (2009): Can comprehensive background knowledge be incorporated into substitution models to improve phylogenetic analyses? A case study on major arthropod relationships. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2009) 9:119. 

1.) R. Pirow, I. Buchen, M. Richter, C. Allmer, F. Nunes, A. Günsel, W. Heikens, T. Lamkemeyer, B. M. v. Reumont, S. K. Hetz (2009): Cationic composition and acid-base state of the extracellular fluid, and specific buffer value of hemoglobin from the branchiopod crustacean Triops cancriformis. Journal of Comparative Physiology B (2009);179(3):369-81.


Articles in German | General articles and publications

Blanke A, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Meusemann H, Beckmann F, Misof B (2010). Contributions to the phylogeny of Anisoptera from SR μCT-data of internal head morphology. HASYLAB annual report 2010. 01/2010

v Reumont BM (2010): Molecular insights to crustacean phylogeny: A status quo of past, present and perspective prospects also covering phylogenomics. Südewestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, ISBN 978-3-8381-1770-6.

v. Reumont BM (2009): Tauchen in das Erdaltertum – Höhlentauchexpedition in mexikanischen Unterwasserhöhlen beleuchtet Evolution der Crustacea neu. Koenigiana 3 (2).

Schmidt C, v.Reumont BM (2006): Myriapoda, Brockhaus – Faszination Natur, Wirbellose Tiere I.

v. Reumont BM (2005): Phylogeography of the Zygaena angelicae/transalpina-complex based on phylogenetic and Nested Clade Analysis using mt-DNA. Diplomarbeit (Master Thesis), Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität Bonn.

Boye C, Meusemann K, Meyer-Cords C, von Reumont B (2002): Fledermauskundler fangen viele Fledermäuse – Bericht von einer Netzfangaktion im Siebengebirge bei Bonn. Nyctalus (N.F.) 8, 231-239.

Boye C, Boye P, Eiden K, Meusemann K, Meyer-Cords C, von Reumont B, Schweitzer U (2002): Die Ofenkaulen im Siebengebirge als Fledermausquartier: Die aktuell vorkommenden Arten, Bestände und Gefährdungen. – Decheniana (Bonn) 155, 81-103.




“The first venomous crustacean, Speleopnectes tulumensis (Remipedia) and its unique venom cocktail”. Invited talk at the Venom Day, Bangor University, United Kingdom, 16.11.2013.

“Diving Deep for venomous crustaceans”. Nature live talks for public audience in the David Attenborough studio, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 22.08.2013.

“On the trail of the first venomous crustaceans: Transcriptome profiling and 3D reconstruction of venom glands of underwater cave dwelling Remipedia.”Invitation to “venomics” session at the 2nd BioSyst Congress, Vienna, Austria, 18.-23.02.2013.

“Pancrustacean phylogenomics: an ambiguous path to paddle.” Invitation to Department seminar talk at Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom, 25.01.2013.


“Pancrustacean phylogenomics: a closer inspection of potential and pitfalls”. Invitation to the Hennig Society Meeting Phylogenomics-Symposium, Riverside, California, USA, June 24- 30, 2012.


“Pancrustacean and arthropod evolution using phylogenomic data – pitfalls and promises of transcriptomic data analyses”.
Invitation to Department of Molecualr Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. 14.12.2011.

“Discovering the evolution of pancrustaceans within arthropods: prospects and pitfalls of molecular methods including phylogenomic data”Invitation as keynote speaker, arthropod session: Deep Metazoan Phylogeny Congress, München, Germany 11.-14. October 2011.

“Phylogenomic and evolutionary aspects of Pancrustacea and Remipedia -the hope and headache of “phylogenomics”. Invitation to 8th Biennal Meeting of the Systematics Association, Belfast, Ireland, 4th-8th of July 2011

“Evolutionary aspects to Remipedia and Pancrustacea – the hope and headache of phylogenomic data”, v. Reumont, Misof. Invitation to Zoologisches Kolloquium, Greifswald, Germany, 28.04.2011.

“Phylogenomics – a hope but not the holy grail to enlight crustacean phylogeny”, v. Reumont, Misof, Deutsche Crustaceologentagung, Regensburg Germany. 08.04.2011.

“Phylogenomics of crustaceans – hope and headache”, v. Reumont, Misof, Waegele. Biosystematics meeting, Berlin, Germany, 23.02.2011.


“Molecular phylogeny of crustaceans”, v. Reumont, Waegele. DFG DMP meeting, Bonn, Germany. 15.05.2009.

“Tauchen in das Erdaltertum – Auf der Suche nach den Rätselhaften Remipedia in Mexico,” Kuratorium Alexander Koenig Stiftung, ZFMK Bonn, Germany, 22.03.2009.

“Molecular insights to cerustacean phylogeny within arthropods – present, promises and prospective (home)work”, v. Reumont, Meusemann, Misof, Waegele. Celebrating darwin: From the origin of species to Deep Metazoan phylogeny, Berlin, Germany, 04.03.2009.


“A new approach to test the Mandibulata concept and to infer the phylogeny of Crustacea”, v. Reumont, Meusemann, Misof, Waegele.SSE Evolution Congress 2008, Minnesota, USA, 22.06.2008.

“Phylogenie der Crustacea”, v. Reumont, Waegele, Waloßek. DFG DMP meeting, Bonn, Germany. 15.01.2008.


“Phylogeny of the Crustacea formerly focused on the Entomostraca”, v. Reumont, Waegele, Waloßek. DFG DMP meeting, Bonn, Germany. 02.05.2007

“Phylogeny of the Entomostraca”, v. Reumont, Waegele, Waloßek. DFG DMP Meeting Göttingen, Germany. 17.11.2006.