Rebecca Dorendorf

PhD student

Research interests

My research focuses on the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis from sediment samples to study the distribution and impact of invasive bivalve molluscs, particularly the quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). By combining eDNA techniques with sediment core analysis, I aim to uncover colonisation timelines and spatial distribution patterns of these invasive species. I am also investigating the potential of genetic quantification methods, such as digital droplet PCR (ddPCR), to accurately quantify mussel populations and assess their ecological impact. In future, I aim to extend this research to several perialpine lakes, using genomic data to elucidate dreissenid population structure and evolutionary dynamics over time.

Rebecca Dorendorf

Mainaustr. 252

78464 Konstanz