Invertebrate Zoology Staff
Bastian BentlageResearch Collaborator
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PO Box 37012, MRC 163
Washington, DC 20013-7012
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National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0163
Responsibilities: Research Collaborator
Diplom, Biology, University of Hannover, Germany
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
Generally, I am interested in the biogeographic patterns and ecological processes that govern species distributions and interactions in aquatic environments. As such, I employ methods and concepts from different fields of inquiry, including phylogenetic systematics, population genetics, and ecological modeling. In my research I focus on jellyfish (Cnidaria: Medusozoa), but have worked in the past on sponges (Porifera) and have recently become involved in a molecular ecological project that uses algae as a study system.
Currently a postdoctoral scholar with Charles Delwiche at the University of Maryland, where I work on the molecular genetic responses of green algae to competition.
At the natural history museum I work on the phylogenetic systematics and phylogeography of open ocean and deep sea hydrozoan jellyfish as well as the infamous box jellyfish (Cubozoa).
Bentlage B, Peterson AT, Barve N and Cartwright P (2013) Plumbing the depths: Extending ecological niche modeling and species distribution modeling in three dimensions Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 952-961.
Bentlage B and Lewis C (2012) An illustrated key and synopsis of the families and genera of carybdeid box jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Carybdeida), with emphasis on the “Irukandji family” (Carukiidae) Journal of Natural History 41/42: 2595-2620.
Bentlage B, Cartwright P, Yanagihara AA, Lewis C, Richards GS and Collins AG (2010) Evolution of box jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa), a group of highly toxic invertebrates Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 493–501.
Bentlage B, Peterson AT and Cartwright P (2009) Inferring distributions of chirodropid box-jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Cubozoa) in geographic and ecological space using ecological niche modeling Marine Ecology Progress Series 384: 121-133.
Collins AG, Bentlage B, Lindner A, Lindsay D, Haddock SHD, Jarms G, Norenburg JL, Jankowski T and Cartwright P (2008) Phylogenetics of Trachylina (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) with new insights on the evolution of some problematical taxa. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 88: 1673-1685.
Bentlage B and Wörheide G (2007) Low genetic structuring among Pericharax heteroraphis (Porifera: Calcarea) populations from the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), revealed by analysis of nrDNA and nuclear intron sequences Coral Reefs 26: 807-816.
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