Webinar: the Impacts of Multiple Stressors on Freshwater Biodiversity

Researchers at the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group working with the ExStream system to study the impacts of multiple stressors on freshwater biodiversity

The iBOL Consortium presented its BIOSCAN: Illuminating Biodiversity webinar series on June 30th with Dr. Florian Leese discussing the work of the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group at the Universität Duisburg-Essen, studying the impacts of multiple stressors on freshwater biodiversity with metabarcoding.

Join us for Florian’s webinar Thursday, June 30th at 10 a.m. EST/ 2 p.m. UTC on Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83126494474

Florian studied biology at the Universities of Marburg and Bochum (Germany). After his master’s thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Freshwater Biology and a PhD thesis at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, he built his research group at Ruhr University Bochum, focusing on molecular methods to assess biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. In 2015, Florian became a full professor and head of the Aquatic Ecosystems Department at the Faculty of Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen. He coordinated the pan-European DNAqua-Net consortium (EU COST Action) that focused on developing and implementing environmental DNA-based tools as part of regulatory biomonitoring.


This webinar series is hosted by the International Barcode of Life consortium and is part of a new program with the aim of generating discussion, sharing knowledge, and building community. Subjects reflect one or more of BIOSCAN’s research themes: Species Discovery, Species Interactions, Species Dynamics. Talks could feature fascinating field research sites, novel use of DNA technologies, use or generation of biodiversity data, the intersection of research with emerging social or political issues, or the mobilization of scientific knowledge for greater societal benefit.

Dr. Florian Leese, a middle-aged white man wearing glasses, a blue shirt, and a vest, in front of a mountainous landscape.
Prof. Dr. Florian Leese, head of the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group at Universität Duisburg-Essen
An aerial view of an elaborate mechanical contraption used in aquatic research, at the intersection of a couple of natural streams in the wetlands.
An aerial view of the ExStream system, used by the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group.

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