Dr. Daniel Grabner

Scientific coordinator Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1439 RESIST


Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecology
Universitätsstrasse 5
D-45141 Essen

Room S05T03B48
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In ecological research, parasites are often neglected, as researchers usually focus on the free-living host species. However, parasites create an additional layer of complexity to all kinds of phenomena observed on the level of the host individual, the population, or interactions between different species. Nevertheless, the knowledge on the effects of parasites on ecological processes is limited.

Currently my research focus is on diversity, life cycle and ecology of parasites in aquatic macroinvertebrates and the associated effects of those parasite groups on their host populations. The major model systems we investigate are microsporidians, trematodes and acanthocephalans in amphipods and aquatic insect larvae. Furthermore, I’m interested in the effects of non-indigenous host and parasite species on indigenous populations.