Elizabeta Briski - Invasion Ecology Group

Christopher Akwamioh

Master Student (September 2023
– current)

Research project: Changes in gammarid communities due to global warming

Tobias Keickhöfel

Master Student (November 2023
– current)

Research project: Survival of zooplankton communities in ships' ballast tanks

Kira Läufer

Bachelor Student (May 2024
– current)

Research project: Survival of copepod communities in ships' ballast tanks



Previous group members:

•   Dr. James W. E. Dickey (Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, September 2021 –  August 2023) co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Jonathan Jeschke at IGB Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesAssessing the impacts of emerging invasive alien species from the freshwater pet trade; (January 2018 – March 2018) – Ph.D. exchange student Using the Relative Impact Potential (RIP) metric to assess a possible Ponto-Caspian invader

•   Dr. Ross N. Cuthbert (Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, March 2020 – February 2022) Quantifying climate change effects on invasive species ecological impact

•   Dr. Yaping Lin (Postdoctoral Fellow, June 2017 – July 2020) – co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Aibin Zhan (Chinese Academy of Science) – Evaluation of genetic variation and fitness following the reduction in population size of taxa during the transport and establishment stages
•   Dr. Andrea Barco (January 2015 – January 2017) – Postdoctoral Fellow Evolutionary transitions of species from marine to freshwater habitats and vice versa

   Filipa Alexandra Paiva Antunes (October 2015 – December 2020) – Ph.D. student – The role of geographic origin and life history stages in invasion ecology - a comparative assessment of Northern European, Ponto-Caspian and North American species

•   Isabel Casties (September 2014 – June 2018) –
Ph.D. student
Non-indigenous species in Northern Europe and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River: the importance of geographic origin

•   Elisabeth Renk (November 2021 – January 2024) The effect of salinity on the survival and feeding rates of three pet trade snails

•   Nora Theurich (November 2021 – November 2023) – Master Student Assessing predatory behaviour of non-native crab - Hemigrapsus takanoi - in the Kiel Fjord; (November 2020 – November 2021) Bachelor Student Using comparative functional responses to quantify predatory impacts from the recent invader Hemigrapsus takanoi across demographic, temperature and salinity variations

•   Cindy Giselle Martinez Reyes (August 2019 – September 2023) – Master Student Environmental tolerance of species with and without invasion record under current and future global warming scenarios; (December 2023 – February 2024)Graduate Research Assistant Changes in gammarid communities due to global warming
•   Louisa Langrehr (February 2019 – July 2020) – Master Student – Do anthropogenic stressors facilitate evolution of species and biological invasions?
•   Nora Charlotte Pauli (May 2016 – January 2018)  Master student – Adaptation capacity of Gammarus spp. to different salinity than the original populations of those species are capable to tolerate

•   Elzbieta Kazanaviciute (August 2022 – March 2024) Bachelor Student – co-supervised with Dr. Alex Bush (Lancaster University, UK) – Diversity and relative abundance of gammarid taxa in Schleswig Holstein
•   Christina Sommer (April 2017 – October 2017) Bachelor Student – Parental care of Gammarus salinus
•   Alena Sidow (April 2016 – December 2016) Bachelor Student Comparative assessment of Gammarus sp.      populations from anthropogenically impacted and protected habitats

•   Syrmalenia Kotronaki (July 2020 – August 2021) Graduate Research AssistantComparative assessment of global biodiversity and non-native species diversity; (December 2016 – December 2019) Student Research Assistant

•   Jennifer Catherine Nascimento-Schulze (October 2015 – November 2016) – Student Research Assistant – Introduction bias towards taxa that survive management of ship ballast water – shared project with Lara Schmittmann
   Lara Schmittmann (October 2015 – September 2016) – Student Research Assistant Introduction bias towards taxa that survive management of ship ballast water – shared project with Jennifer Catherine Nascimento-Schulze

   Petra Kundin (July 2018 – August 2018) Erasmus Student

•   Antonios Geropoulos (September 2016 – November 2016) Erasmus Student

•   Gregor Till Stefen (May 2016 – June 2019; September 2021 – April 2023) – Laboratory Technician

•   Fabian Wendt (January 2015 – January 2016) – Laboratory Technician

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