Lena Kusanke

Conservation Genetics
PhD student
Building C I, Room 004


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Environmental DNA
  • Conservation Biology
  • Fish and Freshwater Ecology
  • Parasitology 

Current Research Projects

Monitoring of the European weather loach (Misgurnus fossilis) via environmental DNA

Academic History 

  • Since 06/2018 PhD Student at the University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 10/2015 – 05/2018 Master of Science, Biodiversity (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
    • Master Thesis: Detection of Aquatic Parasites and their Diversity using Environmental DNA
  • 10/2012 - 08/2015 Bachelor of Science, Biology (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
    • Bachelor Thesis: Community Closure as an Effect of Extreme Heatwaves


  • 28.08.2018: Deutscher Fischereitag (German Fishing Day), Lübeck: Environmental DNA – Nachweis von Fischarten in Binnengewässern: Aktueller Stand, Möglichkeiten und Grenzen. 

Scientific Poster

  • Kusanke, L.; Walther, D.; Kampen, H.; Schäfer, M.: Identification of mosquito blood meal sources (Diptera, Culicidae) utilizing cytochrome b gene PCR (Entomology Congress 2017).