Christian D. Jersabek

Biodiversity afficionado

About me

As an aquatic ecologist I have specialized on microscopic organisms in any type of freshwater and inland saline habitats. My favorites are rotifers, a highly diverse and attractive group of bizarre animals, and my particular research focus is on their biogeography and taxonomy. My collecting trips took me to remote corners on our planet, including Hawaii, Mongolia, and East Africa, but most of my research was in the Austrian Alps, where I have been born and raised and where I live with my family.
I am currently affiliated with two scientific institutions: the University of Salzburg, Austria, as a research associate and teacher, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA, where I am an adjunct curator of the world’s most comprehensive collection of rotifers. Most of my work, however, is as a freelance biologist and consulting engineer for ecology.
The 2012 Rubenstein Fellowship will serve to supplement my longstanding work on a ‘World Catalog of Rotifers’ and to provide EOL with content rich and illustrated taxon pages featuring hundreds of species records from my expeditions to several continents.

My info

Full name
Christian D. Jersabek
I am
an educator, a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


43 objects curated
69 taxa curated
66 images set as exemplar
0 articles selected for Overview
133 preferred classifications selected

0 common names added
0 common names removed
0 common names curated

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Curator qualifications

1. EOL-Content Partner: Rotifer World Catalog (2013) – 2. 2012 Rubenstein Fellow – Research Associate, University of Salzburg, Austria – Adjunct Curator, Rotifera Collection, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA – 3. most recent publications: Jersabek, C.D., De Smet, W.H., Fischer, C., Fontaneto, D., Michaloudi, E., Wallace R.L. & Segers, H. (2011) List of Available Names in Zoology, Candidate Part Phylum Rotifera, species-group names established before 1 January 2000. Available from (12 December 2011) – Jersabek, C.D., G. Weithoff & T. Weisse (2011) Cephalodella acidophila n. sp. (Monogononta: Notommatidae), a new rotifer species from highly acidic mining lakes. Zootaxa, 2939: 50-58 – Jersabek, C.D. & E. Bolortsetseg (2010). Mongolian rotifers (Rotifera, Monogononta), a checklist with annotations on global distribution and autecology. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 159: 119-168 – Jersabek, C.D., E. Bolortsetseg & H.L. Taylor (2010). Mongolian rotifers on microscope slides: instructions to permanent specimen mounts from expedition material. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences, 8/1: 51-57.
Curation scope
Phylum Rotifera worldwide; freshwater and marine