Dr. Sarah Bank-Aubin

evolution, phylogenetics, systematics, biogeography, biodiversity

Short CV

since 2021: Postdoctoral researcher
2018-2021: 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

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Selected publications

  • Büscher, T.H., Bank, S., Cumming, R.T., Gorb, S. & Bradler, S. (2023) Leaves that walk and eggs that stick: comparative functional morphology and evolution of the adhesive system of leaf insect eggs (Phasmatodea: Phylliidae). BMC Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-023-02119-9
  • Bank, S. and Bradler, S. (2022) A second view on the evolution of flight in stick and leaf insects (Phasmatodea). BMC Ecology and Evolution, doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-022-02018-5
  • Bank S, Buckley TR, Büscher TH, Bresseel J, Constant J, De Haan M, Dittmar D, Dräger H, Kahar RS, Kang A, Kneubühler B, Langton-Myers SS & Bradler S (2021) Reconstructing the nonadaptive radiation of an ancient lineage of ground-dwelling stick insects (Phasmatodae: Heteropterygidae). Systematic Entomology, doi: 10.1111/syen.12472.
  • Bank, S, Cumming, R. T., Li, Y., Henze, K, Le Tirant, S., & Bradler, S (2021). A tree of leaves: Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the leaf insects (Phasmatodea: Phylliidae). Communications Biology, https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02436-z
  • Cumming RT, Bank S, Bresseel J, Constant J, Le Tirant S, Dong Z, Sonet G, Bradler S (2021) Cryptophyllium, the hidden leaf insects – descriptions of a new leaf insect genus and thirteen species from the former celebicum species group (Phasmatodea, Phylliidae). ZooKeys 1018: 1-179.
  • Rodriguez, J., Bank, S., Waichert, C., Dohlen, C. D., & Pitts, J. P. (2021). Around the world in 10 million years: Rapid dispersal of a kleptoparasitoid spider wasp (Pompilidae: Ceropales). Journal of Biogeography, https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14103
  • Simon, S., Letsch, H.,Bank, S., Buckley, T., Donath, A., Liu, S., Machida, R., Meusemann, K., Misof, B., Podsiadlowski, L. and Zhuo, X. (2019) Old World and New World Phasmatodea: Phylogenomics resolve the evolutionary history of stick and leaf insects. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Oliver, P.M., Ashman, L.G., Bank, S., Laver, R.J., Pratt, R.C., Tedeschi, L.G. and Moritz, C.C. (2019) On and off the rocks: persistence and ecological diversification in a tropical Australian lizard radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology.
  • Cumming, R.T., Bank, S., Le Tirant, S. and Bradler, S. (2020) Notes on the leaf insects of the genus Phyllium of Sumatra and Java, Indonesia, including the description of two new species with purple coxae (Phasmatodea, Phylliidae). ZooKeys.
  • 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. and Oliver, P.M. (2018) Cryptic lineage diversity, body size divergence and sympatry in a species complex of Australian lizards (Gehyra). Evolution.
  • Sann, M., Niehuis, O., Peters, R.S., Mayer, C., Kozlov, A., Podsiadlowksi, L., Bank, S., Meusemann, K., Misof, B., Bleidorn, C. and Ohl, M. (2018) The phylogeny of Apoidea and the origin of bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). BMC Evolutionary Biology.
  • 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. and 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.