Markus Koch







Dr. Markus Koch

Research Associate


Research interests

The "Fachinformationsdienst Biodiversitätsforschung" is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Senckenberg Biodiversity Informatics team with the Text Technology Lab of the University of Frankfurt and the University Library in Frankfurt. The collaboration aims at establishing a specialized information service for biodiversity research called BIOfid. The scope of this project is to mobilize biodiversity data from historic and contemporary literature sources. For this purpose my research focuses on the design of taxonomic and anatomical ontologies fostering the development of innovative text mining tools.

Visit BIOfid on ResearchGate.

Banne BIOfid

• Bio-ontologies, digital morphology and information technologies
• Biodiversity and evolutionary phenomics of soil arthropods

Short CV

2017 - present Research Associate, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre Frankfurt am Main
2014 - present Research Associate, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn
2011 - 2014 Interim Professor for Systematics and Biodiversity of Insects, Biocentre Grindel and Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg
2009 - 2011 Research Associate, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn
2002 - 2008 Scientific Assistant, Institute of Biology, Dept. Animal Systematics and Evolution, Freie Universität Berlin
2000 - 2002 Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Biology, Dept. Zoomorphology & Systematics, University of Bielefeld
2000 PhD in Biology, University of Hamburg
1995 Diploma in Biology, University of Hamburg

Selected Publications

Koch, M., Driller, C., Schmidt, M., Hörnschemeyer, T., Weiland, C., Miko, I., Yoder, M. & Hickler, T. (2018): Current progress in the development of taxonomic and anatomical ontologies within the scope of BIOfid. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 2: e25585, doi: 10.3897/biss.2.25585

Driller, C., Koch, M., Schmidt, M., Weiland, C., Hörnschemeyer, T.,  Hickler, T., Abrami, G., Ahmed, S., Gleim, R., Hemati, W., Uslu, T.,  Mehler, A., Pachzelt, A., Rexhepi, J., Risse, T., Schuster, J.,  Kasperek, G. & Hausinger, A. (2018): Workflow and current  achievements of BIOfid, an information service mobilizing biodiversity  data from literature sources. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 2: e25876, doi: 10.3897/biss.2.25876

Koch, M., Kasperek, G., Hörnschemeyer, T., Mehler, A., Weiland, C. & Hausinger, A. (2017): Setup of BIOfid, a new Specialised Information Service for Biodiversity Research. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 1: e19803, doi: 10.3897/tdwgproceedings.1.19803

For a full list of publications please visit my ResearcherID.


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