Sebastian Büsse

Dr. Sebastian Büsse


  • Since 2015 - Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel: Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Zoological Institute, Kiel, Germany
  • 2015 - Brigham Young University: Lab of Insect Systematics, Department of Biology, Provo Main Campus, Utah, USA
  • 2014 - University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, Cambridge, UK
  • 2013 - Dissertation in Biology, Georg–August–University Göttingen, Department of Morphology, Systematic & Evolutionary Biology, Göttingen, Germany (Title: „The Thorax of Odonata (Insecta) - including remarks on evolution and phylogeny”)
  • 2010 - Diploma in Biology, Georg–August–University Göttingen (Title: „Comparative morphological study of the prothoracic legs of webspinners (Insecta: Embioptera) of different ecotypes“)

Research interests

  • Biomechanics and material composition of insect mouthparts - focusing on dragonflies (Odonata) (see project)
  • Biomechanics of predatory strikes in selected arthropods (see project)
  • Attachment system of selected insects - focusing on parasitse-host adaptations
  • Comparative morphology, phylogenetic and evolutionary implications of the thorax musculature in Odonata and other Insects
  • Functional morphology of the spinning apparatus of webspinner (Embiotera)
  • Biogeography (phylogeography) of Epiophlebia (Epiprocta: Odonata)


  • Since 2019 - German Science Foundation (DFG) - Project: From the larva to the adult – morphology and material composition of the mouthparts in Odonata focusing on biomechanics and ontogeny (BU 3169/1-2)
  • 2015-2018 - German Science Foundation (DFG) - Project: Functional morphology and biomechanics of the mouthparts in Odonata larva focusing on the predatory strike (BU 3169/1-1)
  • 2014 - Fellowship within the Postdoc-Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2012 - Funding for congress trips by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the International Congress of Odonatology, Odawara, Japan