I have been fascinated by aquatic ecosystems for a long time. Whereas my Masters’ project focused on diversity of insects in high alpine glacial tributaries, the focus of my PhD project will be on understanding the importance of different ecological and evolutionary processes shaping diversity of amphipod communities.
My goal is to establish well-founded knowledge about the distribution and diversity of native and non-native amphipod species in Switzerland. I want to gain a deeper insight into processes forming biodiversity patterns over time and space. Dendritic aquatic systems represent a suitable study system wherein different ecological and evolutionary mechanics, such as dispersal, invasion and speciation, can be studied.