Erasmus Mundus: European Master of Science in Nematology
 Universitat Bielefeld, Germany



University of Bielefeld

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Nematology in Bielefeld

Research Topics

We focus in our research on general, functional and applied aspects of nematode ecology, covering terrestrial and a wide range of freshwater ecosystems (lakes, rivers, groundwater).

Taxonomy and distribution
  • Species list of free-living nematodes in natural ecosystems (lakes, rivers, caves, volcano, soil, forests)
  • Abundance of meio- and macrobenthic organisms (e.g. nematodes, copepods, annelids, chironomids, mollusks)
  • Diversity of free-living nematodes in different habitats
  • Local, regional and global distribution of fresh-water nematodes
  • Characterisation of feeding-types
  • Molecular taxonomy of nematodes

Functional Ecology
  • Benthic Food-Web Ecology
    • Feeding selectivity in meiofauna organisms and nematode species
    • Stable isotope analyses of meiofauna and nematodes
    • Fatty acids as biomarkers
  • Life-cycle and competition
    • Life-cycle experiments with nematodes
    • Nematode growth rate calculations
    • Interspecific resource competition experiments
  • Predator-Prey interactions
    • Nematodes as food for higher trophic levels
    • Effects of macroinvertebrates and fish on meiofauna and nematode communities
    • Nematode - bacteria interactions

Applied Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
    • Biotests with C. elegans (Nematoda) to assess chemicals and other products
    • C. elegans biotests to assess soils and sediments
    • Mesocosm and laboratory experiments for xenobiotica assessment
  • Environmental assessment
    • Maturity index for aquatic habitats
    • Multifactorial/multivariate analyses (nMDS, ANOSIM, CANOCO) of nematode communities
    • Biomonitoring of lakes and streams



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