Welcome to the Molecular Ecology and Genomics Research Group at the Leibniz IGB and the Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv.de) in 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 problems in stream, river, and lake ecosystems.

Selected Publications

Darwall et al. (in press) The Alliance for Freshwater Life: A global call to unite efforts for freshwater biodiversity science and conservation Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosytems

Heeger*, Bourne* et al. (in press) Long-read DNA metabarcoding of ribosomal rRNA in the analysis of fungi from aquatic environments Molecular Ecology Resources

Grubisic et al. (2018) A transition to white LED increases ecological impacts of nocturnal illumination on aquatic primary producers in a lowland agricultural drainage ditch Environmental Pollution 240:630-638.

Manfrin et al. (2018) Dietary changes in predators and scavengers in a nocturnally illuminated riparian ecosystem Oikos 127:960-969

Watanabe & Monaghan (2017) Comparative tests of the species-genetic diversity correlation at neutral and non-neutral loci in four species of stream insect. Evolution 71:1755–1764.

Wurzbacher et al. (2017) Shifts among Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea define the vertical organization of a lake sediment. Microbiome 5:41.

Rutschmann*, Detering* et al. (2017) DiscoMark: Nuclear marker discovery from orthologous sequences using draft genome data. Molecular Ecology Resources 17:257-266.

Honnen*, Johnston* et al. (2016) Sex-specific gene expression in the mosquito Culex pipiens f. molestus in response to artificial light at night. BMC Genomics 17:22.

Hölker et al. (2015) Microbial diversity and community respiration in freshwater sediments influenced by artificial light at night. Phil Trans Roy Soc B 10.1098/rstb.2014.0130.

Toussaint et al. (2014) The towering orogeny of New Guinea as a trigger of arthropod megadiversity. Nature Communications 5:4001.

Dijkstra et al. (2014) Freshwater biodiversity and aquatic insect diversification. Annual Review of Entomology 59:143-163.

Baselga et al. (2013) Whole-community DNA barcoding reveals a spatiotemporal continuum of biodiversity at species and genetic levels. Nature Communications 4:1892.

*contributed equally

Photo credit

Fiume Tagliamento at Flogogna, Italy (R. Danabalan)