Professor für Biologie
Hülserweg 8, 41516 Grevenbroich
In his early years Werner Kunz worked on the distribution of birds in his home district near Osnabrück and published the book "Die Vogelwelt des Kreises Bersenbrück" as a schoolboy in 1959. He then studied biology, chemistry and physics in Münster and received his doctorate in 1966 on chromosomes in insects.
After a few years as a research assistant in Münster, he was a visiting scientist at Yale University in New Haven/USA in 1970 and 1971. There he changed his field of work and became a molecular biologist. After returning to Germany in 1973, he began his research as a professor of general biology at the Institute for Genetics at the University of Düsseldorf, where he worked on Drosophila until 1982. Then he changed his field of work again and researched with his group on the human parasite Schistosoma, the causative agent of schistosomiasis, a widespread tropical disease.
Since 2004 he has been working theoretically on the principles of the taxonomic grouping of organisms into species and races and on the theoretical foundations of nature and species protection. He published his results in these two research areas in the books “Do species exist? - Principles of taxonomic classification“ (2012) and “Species Conservation in Managed Habitats - The Myth of a Pristine Nature” (2016).
Werner Kunz photographed birds and butterflies in almost all continents. A selection of the photos is available on the Internet: