European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology edition:16 location:Wierzba, Poland date:23-28 May 2010
Anthropogenic environmental changes affect various parts of every ecosystem on earth. The aim of my PhD studies is to obtain insight into the effects of global environmental changes on host-parasite coevolution. Crustaceans of the genus Daphnia and their parasites will be used as model system. Influence of productivity changes on Daphnia parasite composition, prevalence and population genetics will be investigated using a field survey and an experimental approach. „Resurrection ecology‟, based on the reactivation of dormant stages, will be used to
test if invading hosts or their parasites influence local Daphnia parasite composition. The results will help us tracing possible effects of global environmental changes on host-parasite interactions.