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Conservation Genetics in Freshwater Ecosystems

Last update: : Friday 27 September 2019, by Nicolas Busser

Presented by: Kathrin Theissinger, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Date: Thursday 17th October 2019, 13:00-14:30
Place: Amphithéàtre Grünewald, Bâtiment 25

My team applies genetic and genomic methods as a tool to enable a better understanding and management of natural populations, particularly with regard to biodiversity conservation, population dynamics and invasive species management in a wide variety of freshwater species (turtles, amphibians, crayfish, and flies). I am involved in the reintroduction action of the European pond turtle in the Upper Rhine Valley, where I conduct the genetic characterization of the newly established populations in Neuburg (Germany) and Lauterbourg (France). I address research questions concerning evolutionary ecotoxicology, e.g., the influence of pesticides in agricultural landscapes on the natural population structure of frogs, toads and newts, using landscape genetic approaches. Moreover, I investigate the effect of mosquito control with the biocide Bti on chironomid community compositions by using DNA metabarcoding. A specific focus lies on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease crayfish plague by use of transcriptomic data. I will briefly present these main aspects of my work to discuss potential collaboration opportunities.