PhD Defense by Franziska Kuntke

Franziska Kuntke Department of Chemistry and Bioscience will defend her thesis on: "Molecular techniques in environmental monitoring"

Time

27.08.2018 kl. 10.00 - 13.00

Description

TITLE:

"Molecular techniques in environmental monitoring"

ABSTRACT:

Anthropogenic effects, such as climate changes and emerging new legislation increase the demand for sensitive and precise assessments of the biodiversity. However, the challenge in species identification for some taxonomic groups at different life stages combined with the decline of taxonomic experts implies the need for alternative approaches to morphology-based species identification. Molecular techniques for monitoring biodiversity present such alternatives.

The thesis describes new insights into applications of molecular techniques for monitoring biodiversity ranging from fingerprinting techniques for identifying three brown frog species to qPCR analysis of eDNA concentrations to determine the population size of great crested newts and next generation sequencing of mixed stream invertebrate samples to analyze stream water qualities. The developed approaches have the potential to supplement established conventional methods.  Potentially future management decisions could benefit from implementing high sample throughput and additionally overcome the decline of taxonomic experts.

SUPERVISOR:

  • Professor Jeppe Lund Nielsen, AAU

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE:

  • Associate Professor, Simon Bahrndorff, Dept. of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Denmark (Chairman)
  • Research scientist, Jens Thaulow, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
  • Associate Professor, Philip Francis Thomsen, Dept. of Bioscience, University of Århus, Denmark

AFTER THE DEFENSE A SMALL RECEPTION WILL BE HELD AT FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ 7H. 

Price

Free

Host

Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Section of Biotechnology

Address

Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H, 9220 Aalborg Ø, room number: Auditorium 1.002