• E-mailNicolas.Straube@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 29 64
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 41
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5020 Bergen

My research foci lie on deciphering the phylogeny and systematics of deep-sea sharks, where I am making use of morphological and phylogenomic methods (including sequencing of preserved museum material) to explore adaptation, diversity, phylogeography and population structures in present and past.


  • Show author(s) (2021). Successful application of ancient DNA extraction and library construction protocols to museum wet collection specimens. Molecular Ecology Resources. 2299-2315.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Phylogenetic placement and description of an extinct genus and species of kitefin shark based on tooth fossils (Squaliformes: Dalatiidae). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 1083-1096.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Molecular analyses of confiscated shark fins reveal shortcomings of CITES implementations in Germany. Conservation Science and Practice (CSP). 1-8.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Mitochondrial DNA sequencing of a wet-collection syntype demonstrates the importance of type material as genetic resource for lantern shark taxonomy (Chondrichthyes: Etmopteridae). Royal Society Open Science. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Fisker (Myxini, Petromyzontiformes, Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes). Norsk rødliste for arter 2021. .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Comment on “An early Miocene extinction in pelagic sharks”. Science.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Two centuries of marine biodiversity collections and research.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Target-enriched DNA sequencing from historical type material enables a partial revision of the Madagascar giant stream frogs (genus Mantidactylus). Journal of Natural History. 87-118.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Intraspecific dental variations in the deep-sea shark Etmopterus spinax and their significance in the fossil record. Zoomorphology. 483-491.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The whale hall - The great swarm.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Garra species (Cyprinidae) of the Main Nile basin with description of three new species. Cybium. 311-329.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mission (im)possible: identifying skate species accurrately, fast, easy and untrained, is that possible?

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Publications (selection)

Straube N., Li C., Mertzen M., Yuan H. & Moritz T. (2018). A phylogenomic approach to reconstruct interrelationships of evolutionary old Clupeocephalan fish lineages with a critical discussion of morphological apomorphies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18 (1) doi 10.1186/s12862-018-1267-1.

Straube N., Lampert K.P., Geiger M.F., Weiß J.D. & Kirchhauser J.X. (2016). First record of second-generation facultative parthenogenesis in a vertebrate species, the whitespotted bambooshark Chiloscyllium plagiosum. Journal of Fish Biology 88, 668-675.

Li C., Corrigan S., Yang L., Straube N., Hofreiter M., White W.T. & Naylor G.J.P. (2015). DNA capture reveals trans-oceanic gene flow in endangered river sharks. PNAS 112 (43), 13302-13307.

Straube N., Li C., Claes J.M., Corrigan S. & Naylor G.J.P. (2015). Molecular Phylogeny of Squaliformes and first Occurrence of Luminescence in Sharks. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15, 162. Open access; flagged highly accessed.

Claes J.M., Nilson D.E., Mallefet J. & Straube N. (2015). The presence of lateral photophores correlates with increased speciation in deep-sea bioluminescent sharks. Royal Society Open Science. Open Access.

Li C., Hofreiter M., Straube N., Corrigan S. & Naylor G. J. P. (2013) Capturing protein-coding genes across highly divergent species. BioTechniques 54:321-326.

Naylor G. J. P., Caira J. N., Jensen K., Rosana K. A. M., Straube N. & Lakner C. (2012). Elasmobranch Phylogeny: A Mitochondrial Estimate Based on 595 Species. Biology of Sharks and their Relatives, Edition 2. Carrier J. C., Musick J. A. & Heithaus M. R. (eds.). CRC Press.

Straube N., Kriwet J. & Schliewen U. K. (2011). Cryptic diversity and species assignment of large Lantern Sharks of the Etmopterus spinax clade from the Southern Hemisphere (Squaliformes, Etmopteridae). Zoologica Scripta, 40 (1), 61-75.

Straube N., Iglésias S. P., Sellos D. Y., Kriwet J. & Schliewen U. K. (2010). Molecular Phylogeny and Node Time Estimation of Bioluminescent Lantern Sharks (Elasmobranchii: Etmopteridae). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 56, 905–917.

Straube N., Schliewen U. K. & Kriwet J. (2008). Dental structure of the Giant Lantern Shark Etmopterus baxteri (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes) and its taxonomic implications. Environmental Biology of Fishes 82, 133-141.

Phylogenomics of archival DNA