Sarah Bank

Research interests

evolution, phylogenetics, systematics, biogeography, biodiversity

Short CV

since 2018: PhD position at the University of Göttingen

2016: Research officer at the Australian National University and research volonteer at the Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia

2015: Research intern at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and research assistant at the Zoological Research Museum Koenig in Bonn

2012–2014: Master of Science in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeontology, University of Bonn

2009–2012: Bachelor of Science, University of Cologne


Ashman, L.G., Bragg, J.G., Doughty, P., Hutchinson, M., Bank, S., Matzke, N.J., Oliver, P.M., Moritz, C. (2018) Diversification across biomes in a continental lizard radiation. Evolution.

Bank, S., Sann, M., Mayer, C., Meusemann, K., Donath, A., Podsiadlowski, L., Kozlov, A., Petersen, M., Krogmann, L., Meier, R., Rosa, P., Schmitt, T., Liu, S., Zhou, X., Misof, B., Peters, R.S., Niehuis, O. (2017) Transcriptome and target DNA enrichment sequence data provide new insights into the phylogeny of vespid wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata: Vespidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Moritz, C.C., Pratt, R.C., Bank, S., Bourke, G., Bragg, J.G., Doughty, P., Keogh, J.S., Laver, R.J., Potter, S., Teasdale, L.C., Tedeschi, L.G., Oliver, P.M. (2018) Cryptic lineage diversity, body size divergence and sympatry in a species complex of Australian lizards (Gehyra). Evolution.

Oliver, P.M., Ashman, L.G., Bank, S., Laver, R.J., Pratt, R.C., Tedeschi, L.G. and Moritz, C.C. (revised and resubmitted) On and off the rocks: persistence and ecological diversification in a tropical Australian lizard radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Rodriguez, J., Bank, S., Waichert, C., Pitts, J.P., von Dohlen, C.D. (in prep.) Around the world in ten million years: historical biogeography of the widespread genus Ceropales (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae).

Sann, M., Niehuis, O., Peters, R.S., Mayer, C., Kozlov, A., Podsiadlowksi, L.,Bank, S., Meusemann, K., Misof, B., Bleidorn, C., Ohl, M. (2018) The phylogeny of Apoidea and the origin of bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Wu, C., Jordan, M.D., Newcomb, R.D., Gemmell, N., Bank, S., Meusemann, K., Dearden, P.K., Duncan, E.J., Grosser, S., Rutherford, K., Gardner, P.P., Crowhurst, R.N., Steinwender, B., Tooman, L.K., Stevens, M.I., Buckley, T.R. (2017) Analysis of the genome of the New Zealand giant Collembola (Holacanthella duospinosa) sheds light on hexapod evolution. BMC Genomics.