Anja Schulze


Anja Schulze
Associate Professor

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 258

Email               Website
(409) 740-4540
(409) 740-5002 Fax

Marine Biology
Marine Biology Graduate Program (MARB IDP)

Marine Sciences
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences




I study phylogeny and population genetics of marine invertebrates, especially of polychaete and sipunculan worms. I am also generally interested in reproduction and development of invertebrates, and the interface between evolution and development. I work locally in Galveston Bay as well as in coral reef and deep sea environments.

B.S., University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1995
Ph.D., University of Victoria, Canada, 2001

Courses Taught
Marine Invertebrate Zoology (MARB 435)  
Evolutionary Biology (MARB 689)

Recent Publications
Schulze, A. and Timm, L. 2011. Epitokes of palolo and un: distinct clades in the genus Palola (Eunicidae, Polychaeta). Marine Biodiversity. DOI:

Schulze, A. 2011. The Bobbit worm dilemma: a case for DNA. Reply to Salazar-Vallejo et al. 2011: Giant eunicid polychaetes (Annelida) in shallow tropical and temperate seas. Revista de Biologia Tropical 59: 1475-1477.

Gambi, M. C., Schulze, A. and Amato, E. 2011. Record of Lamellibrachia (Annelida, Siboglinidae, Vestimentifera) from a deep shipwreck in the Western Mediterranean Sea (Italy). JMBA2 - Marine Biodiversity Records 4: e24. DOI:

Adkins, M. & Schulze, A. 2011. Development of Capitella sp. G from Galveston Bay, Texas. Marine Biology Research 7: 202-207. DOI:

Schulze, A. & Rice, M. E. 2009. Nephasoma pellucidum – a model species for sipunculan development? Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Science 38:209-217.

Schulze, A. & Rice, M. E. 2009. Musculature in sipunculan worms: ontogeny and ancestral states. Evolution & Development, 11: 97-108. DOI:

Schulze, A., Cutler, E. B. & Giribet, G. 2007. Phylogeny of sipunculan worms: a combined analysis of four gene regions and morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 42: 171-192. DOI:

Schulze, A. 2006. Phylogeny and genetic diversity of palolo worms (Palola, Eunicidae) from the tropical north Pacific and the Caribbean. Biological Bulletin, 210: 25-37.