Dr. Hossein Rajaei

Interim head of Entomology department



+49 (0) 711 / 8936-223
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Research interests

I’m interested into a vast range of research projects, from taxonomy, species concept, population genetic into higher level phylogeny and classification. On the other side I’m highly interested to use phylogographic analyses to trace the past event (e.g. the effects of glacial events on the populations). My study models are the species of the family Geometridae and my focus geographic region is Palearctic, particularly West Asia (including Middle East, Caucasus, Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia). Below you find a list of my current research projects:

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  • Wanke D, Feizpour S, Hausmann A, Viidalepp J, Rajaei H. Taxonomy and systematic of the enigmatic emerald moth Xenochlorodes graminaria (Kollar, 1850), and its assignment to a new genus. (In prep.)
  • Rajaei H, Trusch R & Hausmann A. Taxonomic review of the genus Rhodostrophia Hübner, 1823 (Geometridae, Sterrhinae) in Iran. (in prep.)
  • Stadie D, Fiebig R, Gelbrecht J, Rajaei H. Integrative Taxonomic revision of the genus Hydria HÜBNER, 1822 (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Larentiinae) in the Middle East- an example for resolution of conflicts between parameters in the course of integrative studies. (in prep.)
  • Arnscheid W, Rajaei H & Sobczyk Th (2021) A taxonomic review of the genus Amicta HEYLAERTS, 1881, in North Africa, Near and Middle East (Lepidoptera, Psychidae, Oiketicinae, Acanthopsychini). Zootaxa (submitted).
  • Husemann M, Rajaei H, Saboori A, Zahiri R, Yusefi G.H, Soofi M, Haring E & Joger U (2021) Editorial: Special issue on Iran’s zoological diversity. Journal of Zoological systematics and Evolutionary Research, 59: 1415. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12549
  • Rajabizadeh M, Moriniere J & Rajaei H (2021) Adaptation to the hottest spot on earth: Dietary ecology of an enigmatic desert gecko based on DNA metabarcoding. Journal of Zoological systematics and Evolutionary Research, 59: 1470-1480. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12558
  • Zahiri R, Nazari V, Rajaei H, Wiemers M, Fatahi M, Seidel M, Dalsgaard T, Husemann M (2021) An illustrated catalogue of the type specimens of Lepidoptera housed in the Zoological Museum Hamburg (ZMH): Part II. superfamily Papilionoidea. HamEvolutionary Systematics, 5 2021, 193–261 | DOI 10.3897/evolsyst.5.63435
  • Wanke D, Krogmann L, Murillo-Ramos L, Sihvonen P, Rajaei H. Systematics of Problepsis wiltshirei (Prout, 1938) comb. nov. (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Sterrhinae) – an endemic species to the Zagros Mountains in the Middle East. Nota Lepidopterologica, 44: 175–192. DOI 10.3897/nl.44.67345
  • Noori S, Hawlitschek O, Oldeland J, Rajaei H, Husemann M, Simões M (2021) Biodiversity modelling reveals a significant gap between diversity hotspots and protected areas for Iranian reptiles. Journal ofZoological systematics and Evolutionary Research, 59: 1642-1655. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12528
  • Wanke D, Ulmer J, Wendt I & Rajaei H. (2021) Updates on the Fixator—Facilitating the investigation, mounting, and photography of structures and specimens in liquid. Zootaxa, 4999 (4): 397–400.
  • Rajaei H, Kollhorst Ch, Hausmann A, Stüning D. (2021) Taxonomy and systematics of the Iranian species of the genus Ourapteryx Leach, 1814 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) with the description of a new species. Zoology in the Middle East, dx.doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2021.1924420.
  • Wanke D, Leipnitz M & Rajaei H.(2021) First captive rearing of the Iranian endemic species Nychiodes subvirida Brandt, 1938 (Geometridae: Ennominae: Boarmiini). Entomologische Zeitschrift, Schwanfeld, 131 (2): 123-125.
  • Zahiri R, Tarmann G, Efetov KA, Rajaei H, Fatahi M, Seidel M, Jaenicke B, Dalsgaard T, Sikora M, Husemann M (2021) An illustrated catalogue of the type specimens of Lepidoptera (Insecta) housed in the Zoological Museum Hamburg (ZMH): Part I. superfamilies Hepialoidea, Cossoidea, and Zygaenoidea. Evolutionary Systematics, 5: 39–70. DOI 10.3897/evolsyst.5.62003
  • Rajaei H, Gelbrecht J, Schulz N & Hausmann A. (2021) Minoa lutea Schwingenschuss, 1954 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) recognized as bona species. Zootaxa, 4903 (2): 255–264.

Book (Translation from English to Farsi):

  • Smith R, Rassmann K, Davies H. & King N. (eds.) 2011. Why Taxonomy Matters. Translated by: Kazerani F, Mirshamsi O. & Rajaei H.


  • Wanke D, Hausmann A, Sihvonen P, Krogmann L & Rajaei H. (2020) An integrative taxonomic review of the genus Synopsia Hübner, 1825 in the Middle East, with highlighting the unusual dimorphic female antennae (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae) Zootaxa, 4885 (1): 27-50.
  • Rajaei H, Gelbrecht J. (2020) The first record of Povilasia kashghara (MOORE, 1878) for the Russian fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Larentiinae). Entomologische Zeitschrift, 130 (4): 239-240.
  • Schwentner M, Rudov AV & Rajaei H. (2020) Some like it hot: Phallocryptus fahimii sp. n. (Crustacea: Anostraca: Thamnocephalidae) from the Lut desert, the hottest place on Earth. Zoology in the Middle East. 4812 (1): 001-061 (Monograph). DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2020.1805139.
  • Wanke D, Hausmann A, Krogmann L, Petrányi G. & Rajaei H. (2020) Taxonomic revision of the genus Nychiodes Lederer, 1853 (Geometridae: Ennominae: Boarmiini) with description of three new species—an integrative approach. Zootaxa, 4812 (1): 001-061 (Monograph).


  • Leipnitz M, Hausmann A, Rajaei H. (2019) Larval morphology and life history of the little-known winter moth Agriopis budashkini KOSTJUK, 2009, based on new records from Crete (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). Mitt. Münch. Ent. Ges., 109, 109-115.
  • Rajaei H, Shahreyari-Nejad S. & Esfandiari M. (2019) Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Lithostege Hübner, 2011 (Lepidoptera, Geometridae: Larentiinae): description of male specimen of L. samandooki (Rajaei, 2011) with description of a new species from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East, https://doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2019.1663880
  • Wanke D, Bigalk S, Krogmann L, Wendt W. & Rajaei H. (2019) The Fixator-A simple method for mounting of arthropod specimens and photography of complex structures in liquid. Zootaxa, 4657 (2): 385-391.
  • Nieukerken EJ van, Karsholt O, Hausmann A, Holloway JD, Huemer P, Kitching IJ, Nuss M, Pohl GR, Rajaei H, Rennwald E, Rodeland J, Rougerie R, Scoble MJ, Sinev SY, Sommerer M (2019) Stability in Lepidoptera names is not served by reversal to gender agreement: a response to Wiemers et al. (2018). Nota Lepidopterologica, 42: 101-111.
  • Wanke D, Hausmann A, Rajaei H. (2019) An integrative taxonomic revision of the genus Triphosa Stephens, 1829 (Geometridae: Larentiinae) in the Middle East and Central Asia,with description of two new species. Zootaxa, 4603 (1): 039-065.



  • Feizpour S, Fekrat L., Sadeghi Namaghi H, Stadie D, Rajaei H. (2018) Combination of morphological characters and DNA-barcoding confirms Problepsis cinerea (Butler, 1886) (Geometridae: Sterrhinae: Scopulini) as a new genus and species for the fauna of Iran. Integrative Systematics, 1: 47-57.
  • Wanke D & Rajaei H. (2018) An effective method for the close up photography of insect genitalia during dissection: a case study on the Lepidoptera. Nota Lepidopterologica, 41 (2): 219-223.
  • Feizpour S, Müller B, Soofi M, Fekrat L & Rajaei H. (2018) Alsophila aescularia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) a genus and species new to the fauna of Iran (Geometridae, Ennominae), a species from a threatened habitat. SPIXIANA, 41 (1): 111-115
  • Adroit B, Malekhosseini M, Girard V, Abedi M, Rajaei H, Terral J-F, Wappler T. (2018) Changes in pattern of plant-insect interactions on the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica, Hamamelidaceae) over the last 3 million years. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology,258: 22–35.
  • Alipanah H, Khodadad M, Rajaei H & Haseli M. (2018) Taxonomic study of the genus Evergestis Hübner, 1825 (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Glaphyriinae) in Iran with description of a new species. Zootaxa, 4420 (1): 001–033.
  • Van Eldijk T.J.B, Wappler T, Strother P.K, van der Weijst C.M.H, Rajaei H, van de Schootbrugge B. (2018) A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera. Science Advances, 4:e1701568.


  • Rajaei H, Stadie D, Hausmann A. (2017) Taxonomic revision of the genus Protorhoe Herbulot, 1951 (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Larentiinae), new taxonomic changes and description of two new species. Zootaxa, 4282 (2): 269-291.
  • Rajaei H, Leipnitz M, Ortner S. (2017) The biology and preimaginal morphology of Italian endemic species Isturgia sparsaria (Hübner, 1809) (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Nota Lepidopterologica, 40 (1): 25-29.


  • Rajaei H. (2017) The Lepidoptera collection of WALTER GERALD TREMEWAN is now in State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany (SMNS).-in: Hofmann A. & Spalding A. & Tarmann G. & Witt T. (eds.). Gerry Tremewan (1931–2016). The adventurous life of a Cornish entomologist. Entomofauna, Suppl. 20: 215 Pp.


  • Sartori M, Kubiak M, Rajaei H. (2016) An updated list of type material of Ephemeroptera Hyatt & Arms, 1890, deposited at the Zoological Museum of Hamburg (ZMH). Zookeys, 607: 49-68.
  • Rajaei H and Feizpour S. (2016) Gypsochroa renitidata (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Desmobathrinae), a genus and species new for the fauna of Iran. Zoology in the Middle East, 62 (1): 64-67. 
  • Krogmann L, Azar D, Rajaei H and Nel A (2016) Mymaropsis baabdaensis sp. n. from Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber – the earliest spathiopterygid wasp and the first female known for the family. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 15 (6): 483–487


  • Rajaei H (2015) Integrative Taxonomy, a New Approach to Answer the Questions in the Biosystematics: A Case Study of the Genus Gnopharmia (Geometridae). Entomologie heute, 27: 25-35.
  • Esfandiari M, Mehravar N, Motamedi H, Rajabi Memari H, and Rajaei H (2015) Phylogeography of Sesamia nonafrioides(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Iran, inferred from Mitochondrial DNA. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 61 (4): 341-359. DOI: 10.17109/AZH.61.4.X.2015.
  • Paknia O, Rajaei Sh. H (2015) Geographical patterns of species richness and beta diversity of Larentiinae moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in two temperate biodiversity hotspots. Journal of Insect Conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10841-015-9795-0.
  • Rajaei H, Greve C, Letsch H, Stüning D, Wahlberg N, Minet J, Misof B (2015) Advances in Geometroidea phylogeny, with characterization of a new family based on Pseudobiston (Lepidoptera: Glossata). Zoologica Scripta, 44 (4): 418-436.
  • Paknia O, Rajaei Sh. H & Koch A (2015) Lack of natural history collections in megadiverse developing countries hampers global biodiversity exploration. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, DOI: 10.1007/s13127-015-0202-1.


  • Rajaei Sh. HGreve C, Letsch H, Stüning D, Wahlberg N, Minet J & B Misof (2014) Molecular and morphological investigations suggest family level for the little known Pseudobiston pinratanai Inoue, 1994”, Spixiana, 37 (2): 258.
  • Stadie D, Hausmann A, Rajaei Sh. H. (2014) Cataclysme subtilisparsata Wehrli, 1932  (Geometridae, Larentiinae) recognized as bona species – an integrative approach. . Nota Lepidopterologica, 37 (2): 141-150.
  • Rajaei Sh., H & László GM (2014) Scotopteryx kurmanjiana, a new species from the Kopet-Dagh Mountains (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Larentiinae). Nota Lepidopterologica, 37 (1):1-6.


  • Keil T. (2014) Die Widderchen des Iran. Translated into Farsi by Rajaei Sh. H. Lausitzer Druckhaus GmbH, Germany. 461 Pp.


  • Rajaei Sh. H, Struwe JF, Raupach MJ, Ahrens D, Wägele JW (2013) Integration of cytochrome oxidase I barcodes and geometric morphometrics to delimit species in the genus Gnopharmia (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Ennominae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 169, 70–83.
  • Rajaei Sh. H, Rödder D, Weigand AM, Dambach J, Raupach M, Wägele JW (2013) Quaternary refugia in southwestern Iran: Insights from two sympatric moth species and independent lines of evidence. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 13 (3), 409-423.  
  • Rajaei Sh. H & Stüning D (2013) Lehmannodes gen. nov., a new genus of Larentiinae from Turkey and Iran (Lepidoptera, Geometridae), based on morphological and molecular data. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 252, 562– 571.
  • Lehmann I & Rajaei Sh. H (2013) Description of a new genus and species of Metarbelidae (Lepidoptera: Cossoidea) from East and Central Africa with notes on biogeography. Bonn Zoological Bulletin, 62 (1), 100-110.
  • Rabieh MM, Esfandiari M, Seraj AA, Rajaei Sh. H (2013) A new record of Chersotis curvispina Boursin, 1961 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Iran. Zoology and Ecology, 23 (2), 111–114.


  • Ihlow F, Dambach J, Engler JO, Flecks M, Hartmann T, Nekum S, Rajaei Sh. H & Rödder D (2012) On the brink of extinction? How climate change may affect global Chelonian species richness and distribution. Global Change Biology, 18 (5), 1520-1530.
  • Rajaei Sh. H, Stüning D & Trusch R (2012) Taxonomic revision and distribution patterns of the species of Gnopharmia Staudinger, 1892 (Geometridae, Ennominae). Zootaxa, 3360, 1–52.
  • Rajaei Sh. H & Stüning D (2012) Scotopteryx kuznetzovi (Wardikian, 1957) (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) new species for fauna of Iran and Turkey. Bonn Zoological Bulletin, 61 (1), 135-139.
  • Rajaei Sh. H & Xue D (2012) A new species of the genus Lithostege (Geometridae: Larentiinae) from China. Zootaxa, 3478: 399–402.


  • Rajaei Sh. H, Stüning D & Viidalepp J (2011) A review of the species of Lithostege Hübner, [1825] 1816 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Larentiinae), occurring in Iran and adjacent countries, with description of two new species from Iran and Pakistan. Zootaxa, 3105, 1-46.
  • Rajaei Sh. H & Trusch R (2011) Re-description of Rhodostrophia lenis Wiltshire, 1966 with new data on the distribution of the species (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Sterrhinae). Zootaxa, 2935, 59-63.



  • Rajaei Sh. H, Kazemi B, Manzari SH, Brown J & Sarafrazi A (2008) Genetic variation and the mtCOI phylogeny for populations of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera, Aleyrodidae) in Iran indicates a single haplotype that is most closely related to the B biotype. Journal of Pest Science, 81 (4), 199-206.

Science Blog

National und international presentations

  • Wanke D., Hausmann A. & Rajaei H. (2019) The enigma of Triphosa taochata Lederer, 1870 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) clarified with morphological methods and DNA barcoding. XXI European Congress of Lepidopterology, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy; 06/2019.
  • Rajaei, H., Sihvonen, P., Hausmann, A., Skou, P. (2019) The monograph series The Geometrid Moths of Europe is now completed. XXI European Congress of Lepidopterology, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy; 06/2019.
  • Rajaei H. (2018) A lepidopterist in the hottest spot on the planet earth. 2018 LepSoc+SEL Congress, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 07/2018
  • Rajaei H. & Wanke D., (2018) Confusing syntypes - appearing issues during investigation and its solution. 2018 LepSoc+SEL Congress, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 07/2018
  • Rajaei H. & Holzhause C. (2018) A case of gynandromorphy in the family Geometridae. 2018 LepSoc+SEL Congress, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 07/2018
  • Silbermann D., Hoeing K. & Rajaei, H. (2018) Introduction to the project: BUTTERFLY ALARM - NATURE IN DANGER; a digital print project. 10th International congress of Forum Herbulot, Stuttgart, Germany; 06/2018
  • Kamm D., Schäuffele C., Schwabe N., Haas M., König C. & Rajaei H. (2018) An integration of DNA-Barcoding, Morphological traits and geographic distribution data to species delimitation of Peribatodes perversaria (BOISDUVAL, 1840) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). 10th International congress of Forum Herbulot, Stuttgart, Germany; 06/2018
  • Feizpour S., Fekrat L., Hausmann A., Rajaei H. (2018) Emerald moths of Iran (Geometridae, Geometrinae). 10th International congress of Forum Herbulot, Stuttgart, Germany; 06/2018
  • Rajaei H. 2017. Invited plenary lecture: "Der Ursprung des Lebens am heißesten Punkt der Erde" –110. Tagung Erfurt.indd - Thüringer Entomologenverband, October 27th-29th 2017, Weinstadt-Beutelsbach-Germany.
  • Rajaei H. 2017. Invited plenary lecture:"The Origin of Life, in the hottest spot of Planet Earth" -50th Deutsches Koleopterologentreffen, November 11th 2017, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Rajaei H. 2017. Lecture "Peribatodes perversaria (Boisduval, 1840) species complex, call for cooperation." -20th European congress of Lepidopterology, April 24th-30th 2017, Podgora-Croacia.
  • van de Schootbrugge B., van Eldijk T., Wappler T., Strother P., van der Weijst C., Rajaei H., Visscher H. 2017. Lecture "Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) thrived in gymnosperm forests following the end-Triassic extinction".-European Geoeciences Union General Assembly, April, 8th.-13th 2017, Vienna, Aurtralia.
  • Rajaei H. 2016. Lecture "THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, How a small butterfly may cause a hurricane." October 27th, 2016. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad-Iran.
  • Rajaei H. 2014. Invited plenary lecture: "Integrative Taxonomie: ein neuartiger Versuch, Fragen der Biosystematik zu lösen, dargestellt am Beispiel der Spanner (Geometridae)", 27th Westdeutscher Entomologentag, 22 – 23 November 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Rajaei H., Greve C., Letsch H., Stüning D., Wahlberg N., Minet J. & B. Misof. 2014. Lecture: "Molecular and morphological investigations suggest family level for the little known Pseudobiston pinratanai Inoue, 1994". - 8th Forum Herbulot “How to accelerate the inventory of biodiversity”, 30 June – 4 July 2014, Schlettau, Germany.
  • Rajaei H. 2013. Poster: "Biodiversity and zoogeographical patterns of the subfamily Larentiinae (Geometridae) in Iran". – 18th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 29 Jul.-4 Aug.2013, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
  • Rajaei H. 2013. Poster: "Using geometrid moths for tracing the Quaternary refugia in Iran". – 18th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 29 Jul.-4 Aug. 2013, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
  • Rajaei H. 2011. Lecture: "A taxonomic survey of the genus Lithostege Hübner, [1825] 1816 (Geometridae) of Iran”. – Arbeitstreffens der Lepidopterologen Berlin-Brandenburg, 05 Nov. 2011, Berlin, Germany.
  • Rajaei H., Struwe J, Stüning D, Ahrens D & Trusch R. 2011. Lecture: "Integrative taxonomy of the genus Gnopharmia Staudinger, 1892 (Geometridae, Ennominae)". – 17th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 9.-13 May 2011, Luxemburg.
  • Rajaei H., Ahrens D. & Wägele J.W. 2011. Lecture: "Integration of DNA taxonomy and geometric morphometry for species delimitation as a tool for solving taxonomic problems in the genus Gnopharmia Staudinger, 1892 (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Ennominae)". – 7th International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB VII), 21.-27. Feb. 2011, Berlin, Germany.
  • Rajaei H. 2006. Lecture: “Preliminary steps in project: Revision of Gnopharmia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) with special focus on life history”. – 3rd Symposium of Association of Lepidoptera Iranica, 19-20. Sept. 2006, Karlsruhe Germany.
  • Rajaei H., Brown J. & Sarafrazi A. 2005. Poster: "Biotype determination of Iranian populations of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). – 13th Iranian Biology Conference and the first International Conference of Biology, August. 2005, Gilan University, Rasht, Iran.

Workshop presentations

  • Rajaei H. 2014. Workshop “Scientific Digital Drawing”. Mashhad University, Iran.
  • Rajaei H. 2013. Workshop “Scientific Digital Drawing”. – 18th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 29 Jul.-4 Aug. 2013, Blagoevgrad, Bulgari.

Technical reports




In cooperation with the Stuttgart State Academy of Arts this exhibition brings together biology and design.

Butterflies (symbol of rebirth and immortality in Greek mythology), are today in great danger, and in many areas almost disappeared. Due to their absence, the dramatic extent of the insect reduction is also clear to the non-specialist people and this is currently hot debated topic in politics, agriculture and science. Embedded in this current context, the exhibition sheds light on the topic from a completely different angle: the artistic aspect.

Butterflies and fashion: at first glance seems to be not a completely outlandish combination, and it was these two aspects that brought together the Natural History Museum and the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart for an exhibition project. Six students of the Textile Design were inspired by their diversity in the insect magazine of the Natural History Museum, surrounded by 1 million butterflies. They designed scarves and hand-woven patterns for fashion fabrics. Ultimately, in addition to the beauty of the colorful "summer birds" above all the acute threat to these fragile insects was the theme that the students expressed in their designs.


since 2014

  • Curator Lepidoptera at the Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart


  • Curator (Postdoctoral Researcher) of Entomology collection, in Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg.


  • Research assistant (project “Germany Barcode of Life”) at the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig, Bonn, Germany.


  • PhD student at the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig, Bonn, Germany.


  • Volunteer at the H. Mirzayans Insect Museum (coll. Lepidoptera), Tehran, Iran.


  • Part time teacher of “Biology” and “Scientific methods” at the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents, Tehran, Iran. 



  • PhD student, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), University of Bonn, Germany; Dissertation: “Modules to the Biodiversity of the Geometridae of Iran (Lepidoptera), using classical methods and DNA techniques (Larentiinae and Ennominae partim)”.


  • M.Sc. student in Animal Biosystematics, Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), Tehran, Iran.  MSc Thesis: “Study of Genetic Variation inBemisia tabaci (Hemiptera; Aleyrodidae) Populations by PCR-RFLP Molecular Method on COI mtDNA in Iran”.


  • B.Sc. student in Animal Biology, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.

Further training


  • Bioinformatics” (Prof. B. Misof), Zoological Forschungsmuseum Alexander König, Bonn.
  • Describing, illustrating and writing biodiversity” (Dr. M. Berggren; Dr. Ch. O. Coleman; Prof. Dr. T. Cedhagen; Dr. G. Lövei), Kristineberg, Sweden.


  • Theory and practice of Phylogenetic Systematic” (Prof. Dr. J. W. Wägele und Dr. Christoph Mayer), Zoological Forschungsmuseum Alexander König, Bonn.


  • Phylogeographical Analysis Workshop” (Dr. D. Ehrich; Dr. A. Tribsch), University of Salzburg.
  • Biological Nomenclature” (Prof. Dr. A. Dubois), Muséum national d'Histoire naturell, Paris.
  • Morphological phylogeny of Arthropoda” (Dr. M. Koch), Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Bonn.


  • Molecular phylogeny” (Dr. L. Podsiadlowski), Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Bonn.



  • Travel award from Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica (SEL) for taking part in 18. Congress of SEL, August 2013, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.


  • Full PhD scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


  • Course attendance award by A. Koenig Gesellschaft (AKG), taking part in Describing, Illustrating and Writing biodiversity, Apr. 2011, Sweden.


  • Travel award by Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica (SEL),  taking part in the 17th SEL congress, May 2011, Luxemburg.
  • Travel award by A. Koenig Gesellschaft (AKG),  taking part in the 7th International Congress of Sys. and Evol. Biol., Feb. 2011, Berlin.


  • Course attendance award by EDIT (EU Distributed Inst. of Taxonomy), taking part in the course Biological Nomenclature, Nov. 2010, Paris.

Journal Referee

  • Asian Myrmecology
  • Biodiversity Data Journal
  • Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics
  • Journal of Plant Protection
  • Journal of Applied Biology
  • Nota Lepidopterologica
  • North-western Journal of Zoology
  • Scientific Journal of Agriculture
  • Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A  (Biologie)
  • Zootaxa
  • Zookeys
  • Zoology in the Middle East


  • Entomological Society of Iran (ESI).
  • Entomologische VereinStuttgart 1869 e.V.
  • Junge Systematiker (JUSYS) in der Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS).
  • Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Naturkundemuseums Stuttgart e.V.
  • Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica (SEL).
  • Membership Secretary of Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica. http://www.soceurlep.eu/

Editorial Board

  • Integrative systematics
  • Zoology in the Middle East
  • Journal of Plant Protection
  • Journal of Applied Biology