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 Freie Universität Berlin.
We are a diverse and active group of people broadly interested in the ecology and biodiversity of freshwater organisms (insects, fungi, diatoms, microbes, fish). Our research is largely focused on applying theory and methods from evolutionary bioinformatics and genomics to organisms and communities in stream, river, and lake ecosystems.
Recent Publications (see complete list)
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.
Lu et al. (2018) Daphnia galeata responds to the exposure to an ichthyosporean gut parasite by down-regulation of immunity and lipid metabolism. BMC Genomics 19:932.
Heeger*, Bourne* 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)