Anja Schulze

Professor and Assistant Department Head
Department of Marine Biology

Anja Schulze
"About three quarters of all species in the ocean are invertebrates!"
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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I studied biology as an undergraduate student, but I was far away from the ocean, in the middle of Germany. I was very fortunate to participate in a number of field trips to the North Sea and the Mediterranean. I remember my excitement when I first saw organisms alive that I had previously only known from textbook or seen preserved in jars. Learning to SCUBA dive opened up another window into life in the ocean and I became hooked. I was fascinated with the diversity of marine invertebrates and that’s still the case many years later.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope that my students develop a scientific curiosity about marine life and will strive to conserve and protect our living marine resources for the rest of their lives.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I like being active in nature, in any way possible. I enjoy outdoor sports (especially if they involve water), gardening and beekeeping.

I am interested in phylogeny, species delimitation and geographic population structuring of marine invertebrates, focusing on marine annelids. My approaches include morphological, reproductive and developmental studies, genomics and transcriptomics.
Ph.D. Biology, University of Victoria, Canada, 2001
Biology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1995
Courses Taught

MARB 435: Marine Invertebrate Biology
MARB 668: Marine Evolutionary Biology
MARB 689: Caribbean Marine Biology


Schulze, A., Hipes, J., Borda, E. and Rice, M. E. 2018. Who’s who in sipunculans: matching larvae and adults using DNA. Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences (in press)

Schulze, A., Grimes, C. J., Rudek, T. E. 2017.Tough, armed and omnivorous: Hermodice carunculata (Annelida: Amphinomidae) is prepared for ecological challenges. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 97: 1075-1080.

Hilliard, J., Hajduk, M., Schulze, A. 2016. Species delineation in the Capitella species complex: geographic and genetic variation. Invertebrate Biology 135: 415-422.

Johnson, N. D., Sanders, C., Maiorova, A. and Schulze, A. 2016. Cryptic speciation in a Pacific sipunculan (Sipuncula: Phascolosomatidae): East-west divergence between non-sister taxa. Zoologica Scripta 45: 455-463.

Lucey, N. M., Lombardi, C., De Marchi, L., Schulze, A., Gambi, M. C., Calosi, P. 2015. To brood or not to brood: are marine organisms that protect their offspring more resilient to ocean acidification? Scientific Reports 5: 12009.

Calosi, P., Rastrick, S. P. S., Lombardi, C., de Guzman, H. J., Davidson, L., Jahnke, M., Giangrande, A., Hardege, J.D., Schulze, A., Spicer, J. I., Gambi, M.C. 2013. Acclimatization to ocean acidification in marine ectotherms: an in situ transplant experiment at a shallow CO2vent system.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B368, 20120444.

Ahrens, J. B., Borda, E., Barroso, R., Paiva, P. C., Campbell, A. M., Wolf, A., Nugues, M. M., Rouse, G. W. and Schulze, A. 2013. The curious case of Hermodice carunculata: evidence for genetic homogeneity throughout the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent basins. 2Molecular Ecology 22: 2280-2291. COVER ARTICLE

Schulze, A., Maiorova, A., Timm, L. E. and Rice, M. E. 2012. Sipunculan larvae and “cosmopolitan” species. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52: 497-510.

Schulze, A., Cutler, E. B. & Giribet, G. 2007. Phylogeny of sipunculan worms: a combined analysis of four gene regions and morphology. 2Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 42: 171-192.

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.

Graduate Students

Samantha Blaine, M.S. Student

Daniel Fanning, M.S. Student

Vanessa Fernandez-Rodriguez, Ph.D. Student

Contact Info

Anja Schulze
Professor and Assistant Department Head
Department of Marine Biology
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4540
Fax: +1 (409) 740.5001

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 258