I’m a limnologist with a strong interest in conservation biology, specifically conservation genetics, and invasion ecology. Most of my research has been concerned with freshwater crayfish. In my bachelor thesis, I studied population ecology of critically endangered white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) and in my master thesis, I compared the ecological impact of native and invasive crayfishes by means of functional response analyses.
My PhD project deals with conservation genetics of native freshwater crayfish and comprises two parts: eDNA and population genetics. In the eDNA part, which is situated at the university of Konstanz, I am going to investigate whether eDNA is an effective detection tool for native stone (Austropotamobius torrentium) and white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) in lotic systems. In the population genetics part, which will be conducted at the university of Freiburg, I examine the effects of isolation and fragmentation on the genetic differentiation of native stone and white-clawed crayfish. The study is funded by a doctoral scholarship of the DBU (https://www.dbu.de/stipendien_20019/597_db.html).
List of publications
Wendler F., Biss R., Chucholl C. (2015) Population ecology of endangered white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes s. str.) in a small rhithral river in Germany. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 24. DOI: 10.1051/kmae/2015020
Chucholl C., Wendler, F. (2016): Positive selection of beautiful invaders: long-term persistence and bio-invasion risk of freshwater crayfish in the pet trade. Biological Invasions 19 (1): 197-208. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1272-5
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