Dr. Kathrin Theißinger

Fachstudienberatung
Consultation Hour: Tuesday 1-2 pm during semester, in semester break on appointment
Team Leader "Conservation Genetics"
Contact
Building I; Room 4.06

Research Interests

  • Conservation genetics
  • Evolutionary toxicology
  • Metabarcoding
  • Transcriptomics
  • Phylogeography
  • Wildlife Forensics

Academic History

  • Since 06/12 Team Leader "Conservation Genetics" at the Institute of Environmental Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany
  • Since 06/11 Coordinator of the degree programme "Bachelor of Environmental Sciences" at the Institute of Environmental Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany
  • Since 04/11 Researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany
  • 07/07 – 03/11 PhD at the Institute of Molecular Ecology, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany, in cooperation with the Senckenberg Research Institute, Department of Limnology and Conservation, Gelnhausen, Germany.
  • 09/06 - 06/07 Researcher at the Senckenberg Research Institute, Department of Limnology and Conservation, Gelnhausen, Germany.
  • 08/06 Diploma in biology, Institute of Molecular Ecology, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany
  • 11/04 – 10/05 Master Thesis at the Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia
  • 10/00 – 10/04 Biological studies Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany

Teaching

  • Molecular Ecology II (AÖK5)
  • Literaturbeschaffung und Abstraktion (UWI2a)
  • Untersuchungsplanung, Darstellung und Präsentation (UWI2b)
  • Messung von Umweltparametern (Limnologie) (UWI3a)
  • Projekt Umweltwissenschaften (UWI3b)
  • Fachstudienberatung Bachelor Umweltwissenschaften

Current Research Projects

  • Amphibians in agricultural landscapes: chemical landscape fragmentation implemented in a habitat modeling approach - (DFG-project; Christoph Leeb). more info
  • Noble Crayfish Transcriptomics: Comparing molecular responses of the crayfish immune system to an Aphanomyces astaci infectionmore info
  • Effects of mining effluents on species composition and stress gene activation in aquatic macroinvertebrates (Jenny Makkonen). more info
  • Metabarcoding of macrozoobenthos in Bti-treated swamps (Nina Röder). more info
  • Population management of noble crayfish (Astacus astacus) in Europe (Anne Schrimpf).
  • eDNA detection of the freshwater fish Misgurnus fossilis (Lena Kusanke)
  • Reintroduction and genetic characterization of the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) in the Upper Rhine Valley (Keerthi Vaasan)
  • Mating system analyses in the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis)

Former Research Projects

  • Survival in the mud: The impact of Irrigation on the genetic Variability of Earthworms considering Operational Taxonomic units (Lena Bauer)
  • Amphibians in the agricultural landscape - direct and indirect effects on population connectivity and viability (Patrick Lenhardt). more info
  • Genetic  identification of two poison frog species in zoos (P. Bodenseh, J.-C. Fischer)
  • Noble Crayfish phylogeography in Europe (A. Schrimpf)
  • Development of a reliable, non-invasive method for wild boar (Sus scrofa) population size estimation (K. Kolodziej)
  • Comparative phylogeography of cold adapted freshwater insects in Europe
  • Genetic identification of wild cats in Germany using hair samples
  • Mating system of flatback turtles (Natator depressus) in Australia

Peer Review Publications

(reprints on request)

Work in progress

  • K Theissinger, N Röder, S Allgeier, AJ Beermann, CA Brühl, A Friedrich, S Michiels and K Schwenk: Mosquito control actions affect chironomid diversity in temporary wetlands of the Upper Rhine Valley. Molecular Ecology, under review.

  • O Pacioglu, K Theissinger, A Alexa, C Samoila, R Schulz, A Schrimpf, JP Zubrod, O SÎrbu, M PÎrvu, S Lele, JI Jones and L Parvulescu: Multifaceted implications behind the competition of native and invasive crayfish: a glimmer of hope for the native’s long-term survival? Biological Invasions, under review.
  • J Panteleit, NS Keller, J Jussila, H Kokko, J Makkonen, R Schulz, K Theissinger, A Schrimpf: Three haplotypes of the crayfish plague agent Aphanomyces astaci found to be responsible for recent crayfish plague outbreaks in Germany and Austria. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, submitted manuscript.

2019

  • J Panteleit, T Horvath, J Jussila, J Makkonen, W Perry, R Schulz, K Theissinger, A Schrimpf (accepted): Invasive rusty crayfish (Faxonius rusticus) populations in North America infected with the crayfish plague disease agent (Aphanomyces astaci ). Freshwater Science.

  • R Andriantsoa, S Tönges, J Panteleit, K Theissinger, VC Carneiro, J Rasamy, and F Lyko (2019): Ecological plasticity and commercial impact of invasive marbled crayfish populations on Madagascar. BMC Ecology, 19, 8-17. DOI: 0.1186/s12898-019-0224-1

 2018

  • K Theissinger, A Kästel, V Elbrecht, J Makkonen, S Michiels, S Schmidt, S Allgeier, F Leese, CA Brühl (2018): Using DNA metabarcoding for assessing chironomid diversity and community change regarding mosquito control actions in temporary wetlands. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, 1: e21060
    DOI 10.3897/mbmg.1.21060
  • J Makkonen, J Jussila, J Panteleit, NS Keller, A Schrimpf. K Theissinger, R Kortet, L Martín-Torrijos, JV Sandoval-Sierra, J Diéguez-Uribeondo, and H Kokko (2018): MtDNA allows the sensitive detection and haplotyping of the crayfish plague disease agent Aphanomyces astaci showing clues about its origin and migration. Parasitology, doi: 10.1017/S0031182018000227

2017

  • A Schrimpf , M Piscione, R Cammaerts, D Herman, M Collas, A Jung, F Ottburg, I Roessink, X Rollin, R Schulz, K Theissinger (2017): Genetic characterization of Western European noble crayfish populations (Astacus astacus) for advanced conservation management strategies. Conservation Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-017-0981-3
  • PP Lenhardt, CA Brühl, C Leeb, K Theissinger (2017): Amphibian population genetics in agricultural landscapes: Do non-visible barriers in viniculture drive the population structuring of the European common frog (Rana temporaria)? PeerJ, DOI 10.7717/peerj.3520
    • J Panteleit, NS Keller, H Kokko, J Jussila, J Makkonen, K Theissinger, A Schrimpf (2017): Investigation of ornamental crayfish reveals new carrier species of the crayfish plague pathogen (Aphanomyces astaci). Aquatic Invasions, 12, (1:) 77–83.
        • PP Lenhardt, K Theissinger (2017): Repeated randomized selection of genotypes for reliable population differentiation in data containing siblings. European Journal of Wildlife Research.  DOI 10.1007/s10344-016-1061-6

        2016

        • K Theissinger, C Falckenhayn, D Blande, A Toljamo, J Gutekunst, J Makkonen, J Jussila, F Lyko, A Schrimpf, R Schulz, H Kokko (2016): De Novo assembly and annotation of the freshwater crayfish Astacus astacus transcriptome. Marine Genomics. doi:10.1016/j.margen.2016.02.006

          2014

          • A Schrimpf, K Theissinger, J Dahlem, I Maguire, L Parvulescu, HK Schulz, R Schulz (2014): Phylogeography of noble crayfish (Astacus astacus) reveals multiple refugia. Freshwater Biology. 59, 761–776. doi:10.1111/fwb.12302

          2013

          • A Müller, P Lenhardt, K Theissinger (2013): Pros and Cons of external swabbing in amphibians. European Journal of Wildlife Research. DOI 10.1007/s10344-013-0747-2
          • P Lenhardt, RB Schäfer, K Theissinger, C Brühl (2013): An expert-based landscape permeability model for assessing the impact of agricultural management on amphibian migration. Basic and Applied Ecology, 14, 442–451.
          • K Theissinger, M Bálint, K Feldheim, P Haase, J Johannesen, I Laube, SU Pauls (2013): Glacial survival and postglacial recolonization of an arctic-alpine freshwater insect (Arcynopteryx dichroa, Plecoptera, Perlodidae) in Europe. Journal of Biogeography, 40, 236–248 doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02793.x
          • K Kolodziej, I Nikolov, HK Schulz, K Theissinger, R Schulz (2013):Evaluation of Fecal Storage and DNA Extraction Methods in Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). Biochemical Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10528-013-9573-1

          2012

          • K Kolodziej, HK Schulz, K Theissinger, C Ebert, U Hohmann, R Schulz (2012): Comparison of established methods for quantifying genotyping error rates in wildlife forensics. Conservation Genetic Resources, DOI 10.1007/s12686-012-9729-z

          2011

          • K Kolodziej, K Theissinger, J Brün, HK Schulz, R Schulz (2011): Determination of the minimum number of microsatellite markers for individual genotyping in wild boar (Sus scrofa) using a test with close relatives. European Journal of Wildlife Research, DOI 10.1007/s10344-011-0588-9
          • A Schrimpf, HK Schulz, K Theissinger, L Parvulescu, R Schulz (2011): The first large-scale genetic analysis of the vulnerable noble crayfish Astacus astacus reveals low haplotype diversity in central European populations. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 401, 35.
          • K Theissinger, M Bálint, P Haase, J Johannesen, I Laube, SU Pauls (2011): Molecular data and species distribution models reveal the Pleistocene history of the mayfly Ameletus inopinatus (Ephemeroptera: Siphlonuridae). Freshwater Biology, 56 (12), 2554–2566.
          • J Taubmann, K Theissinger, KA Feldheim, I Laube, W Graf, P Haase, J Johannesen, S Pauls (2011): Modelling range shifts and assessing genetic diversity distribution of the montane aquatic mayfly Ameletus inopinatus in Europe under climate change scenarios. Conservation Genetics, 12, 503 – 516.
          • M Bálint, S Domisch, CHM Engelhardt, P Haase, S Lehrian, J Sauer, K Theissinger, SU Pauls, C Nowack (2011) Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change. Nature Climate Change, 1, 313-318.
          • M Bálint, L Ujvárosi, K Theissinger, S Lehrian, N Mészáros, SU Pauls (2011): A neglected diversity hotspot: genetic variation in the Carpathians. In: Proceedings of Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Heidelberg.

          2009

          • SU Pauls, K Theissinger, L Ujvarosi, M Bálint, P Haase (2009): Patterns of population structure in two closely related, partially sympatric caddisflies in Eastern Europe: historic introgression, limited dispersal and cryptic diversity. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 28 (3): 517-536.
          • K Theissinger, K Feldheim, A Seitz, SU Pauls (2009): Isolation and characterization of 11 polymorphic trinucleotide microsatellite markers in the stonefly Arcynopteryx compacta (Plecoptera: Perlodidae). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 357-359.
          • K Theissinger, NN FitzSimmons, CJ Limpus, CJ Parmenter, AD Phillott (2009): Mating system, multiple paternity and effective population size in the endemic flatback turtle (Natator depressus) in Australia. Conservation Genetics, 10, 329-346.

          2008

          • K Theissinger, K Feldheim, J Taubmann, A Seitz, SU Pauls (2008): Isolation and characterization of 10 highly polymorphic di- and trinucleotide microsatellite markers in the mayfly Ameletus inopinatus (Ephemeroptera: Siphlonuridae). Molecular Ecology Resources, 8, 1285-1287.

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