Dr Bernd Hänfling

I’m broadly interested in applying molecular tools to study the ecology and evolution of (predominantly aquatic) organisms and ecosystems. More specifically my research concentrates on: environmental DNA (eDNA) and metabarcoding as tools to study biodiversity and ecosystem functioning  in aquatic habitats; geographic structure of freshwater species and community diversity using phylogeographic approaches and DNA barcoding; using population genomics to study the relative impact of selection and genetic drift; the impact of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity and gene flow; population genetics of aquatic invaders. Hybridisation between non-indigenous and native species.