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Dr. Carsten Nowak

Head of Conservation Research Section at the Senckenberg Station Gelnhausen

B1.8: NONINVASIVE GENETIC MONITORING OF THREATENED WILDLIFE SPECIES (project leader)

C3.2: COLD ADAPTED ANIMAL-SPECIES (project leader)

C3.3: QUANTIFYING LOSSES IN GENETIC BIODIVERSITY UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE (project leader)

C3.4: INFERRING DISPERSAL PATTERNS IN AQUATIC INSECTS FROM BAYESIAN GENE FLOW ANALYSIS AND MODEL SELECTION (project leader)

C5.2: EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTATION POTENTIAL OF KEY AQUATIC SPECIES OF DIFFERENT CLIMATIC REGIONS (project leader)

C3.1: COLD-ADAPTED PLANT SPECIES (team member)

My scientific interests concern the fate of biological diversity under anthropogenic environmental change. In particular I use molecular genetic tools in order to reveal cryptic effects of pollution, climate change, and further environmental stressors on the genetic structure of natural populations. In addition, I investigate the role of genetic diversity for the viability of populations under environmental stress. While focusing on the intraspecific level of biodiversity, namely genetic variability within and among populations, research is not restricted to certain taxa. The philosophy behind this approach is to reveal superordinate patterns independent of particular taxonomic groups and, last but not least, to inspire students to study the magnificence of natural diversity. Thus, current studies comprise a variety of different life forms, including bears, beavers, butterflies, and several more animal and plant species.

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