PhD Student at University of Graz/Antwerp
Ecologist and Evolutionary Biologist

“I have had the privilege of working on a valuable and beautiful group of fishes. However, their value is not economic but biological and their beauty lies in their marvellous adaption to their habitat.” 

John C. BriggsA monograph of the clingfishes

About me

My name is Maximilian Wagner and I am currently a joint PhD student at the University of Graz and Antwerp. Ever since I was a child, I was intrigued with nature and the diversity that inhabits our planet. Inspired by stories of naturalists and early pioneers of scuba-diving I took up nature photography and began my studies in Biology at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz…


Exploring the intertidal…

My research mainly focuses on the evolution and ecology of intertidal organisms. In my PhD project, I aim to illuminate the underlying genomic and ecological drivers that shaped the diversification of the cryptobenthic clingfish genus Gouania. Apart from that, I am involved in a several projects, which include studies about the biogeography, systematics and evolution of other small benthic fishes and intertidal oribatid mites…


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In Press

First documentation of the otoliths of the species of Gouania (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) in the Mediterranean Sea


Unravelling the taxonomy of an interstitial fish radiation: Three new species of Gouania (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Mediterranean Sea and redescriptions of G. willdenowi and G. pigra

Nature and Art Gallery


Phylogeographic structure and population connectivity of a small benthic fish (Tripterygion tripteronotum) in the Adriatic Sea