We apply genomics and evolutionary bioinformatics to the study of freshwater communities and ecosystems, primarily streams, rivers, and lakes.
Study organisms include aquatic insects (mayflies, mosquitoes, beetles), fungi, fish, diatoms, and microbial communities.
We are active in the Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research where our work includes environmental genomics, DNA metabarcoding, whole genomes, phylogenetics, population genetics, marker development, and RNAseq.
Research funding comes from the following organizations:
- Belmont Forum
- European Union
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF)
- German Science Foundation (DFG)
- JGI Community Science Program (US Dept. of Energy)
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
- Leibniz Association (SAW/Pakt)
- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Rep. Sudan)
- Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
- International IGB Fellowship Programme in Freshwater Science