Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 9 - 10 Nov 2012
Professor Storch is the author/co-author of nine books, which appeared in eight languages, and he has published 260 articles in peer-reviewed journals. One major theme in Professor Storch’s research has been concerned with the influence of anthropogenic stress factors upon several animal taxa, e.g. teleosts and isopods.
The latter play an important role in decomposition of dead organic matter in the soil. Isopods are unique in the fact that they have successfully invaded diverse land habitats from humid areas to deserts. Isopods are secondary decomposer organisms and represent an important link in terrestrial food chains. They convert enormous masses of plant material, leaf-litter, wood and decaying organic matter into compact fecal pellets. However, this is only possible by means of microorganisms. Prof. Storch’s team has long pursued the functional morphology of the integument, receptor cells, and digestive system in various invertebrate taxa, e.g. Priapulida, Polychaeta, and Onychophora.