Lena Kusanke

Fish and Freshwater Ecology
PhD student
Building G, Room 124


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



Kusanke, L. M., Panteleit, J., Stoll, S., Korte, E., Sünger, E., Schulz, R., & Theissinger, K. (2020). Detection of the endangered European weather loach (Misgurnus fossilis) via water and sediment samples: Testing multiple eDNA workflows. Ecology and evolution, 10(15), 8331-8344.


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


  • 26.02.2020 -28.02.2020 4th Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics 2020 (ConsGen20): eDNA Monitoring of the endangered European Weather Loach (M. fossilis).

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