Welcome to the website of the Molecular Ecology and Genomics Research Group at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and the Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin.

We are a diverse, inclusive, and international research group studying the evolution and ecology of freshwater biodiversity, focusing on the development and use of genomics and bioinformatics approaches. The scope of our work covers whole-community response to environmental change (insects, fungi, plankton, microbes), lineage diversification (insects), genome evolution (insects, fungi), and species-specific gene expression (insects, fungi, fish).

Recent Publications
(complete list)

van Rees et al. (in press) Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2020: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience. Conservation Letters e12771

Lu et al. (2020) Revisiting the phylogenetic position of Caullerya mesnili (Ichthyosporea), a common Daphnia parasite, based on 22 protein-coding genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 151:106891

Serlet et al. (2020) SMART Research: Towards interdisciplinary river science in Europe. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8:63.

Honnen et al. (2019) Artificial light at night influences clock-gene expression, activity, and fecundity in the mosquito Culex pipiens f. molestus. Sustainability 11:6220.

Heeger et al. (2019) Combining the 5.8S and ITS2 to improve classification of fungi. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1702-1711.

Jähnig et al. (2019) In-depth approach to river management. (corresp). Nature 573:32.

Bracamonte et al. (2019) Experimental infection with Anguillicola crassus alters immune gene expression in both spleen and head kidney of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Marine Genomics 45:28-37.

Heeger et al. (2018) Long-read DNA metabarcoding of ribosomal rRNA in the analysis of fungi from aquatic environments. Molecular Ecology Resources 18:1500-1514.

Photo: Alpine Rhithrogena biodiversity (photo by L. Vuataz, Musée cantonal de zoologie, Lausanne)