Welcome to Thomas Kleinteich’s site


I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Functional Morphology and Biomechanics Lab at Kiel University, Germany. I am interested in vertebrate functional morphology. My research focuses on the evolution of feeding systems in amphibians, especially on how amphibians deal with different functional constraints on the larval and adult life stage and how the diversity of feeding modes (e.g. suction feeding, biting, tongue projection) we see in todays amphibians evolved. Further, I am interested in the adhesion of amphibian tongues to a variety of different prey items. I use modern 3D imaging and modeling techniques like µCT scanning, interactive 3D modeling, rapid prototyping, and finite element analyses, as well as engineering approaches to study material attributes. I contributed my skills to several studies covering aspects like the evolution of the male reproductive organ in caecilians, the attachment abilities of intertidal fishes, and the evolution of chelae in scorpions.