Bernd Hänfling


  • IV1 1SA

    United Kingdom

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Research Expertise

I am a molecular ecologist with over 25 years’ experience in studying the ecology and evolution of freshwater organisms. My primary expertise is the development and application of molecular tools for research and conservation management. An overarching aim in my research is to understand the natural and anthropogenic processes which determine the distribution of freshwater biodiversity. This includes many research papers on the phylogeography and population genetics of freshwater fish and invertebrates, the colonisation history and dispersal of invasive species and using population genomic approaches to understand local adaptations. Most recently my research has focused on the development of environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches to monitor changes in biodiversity. This includes the development of eDNA metabarcoding to estimate fish community diversity for WFD monitoring of lentic ecosystems using eDNA approaches to investigate fundamental ecological questions in aquatic ecosystems. I am also interested in evidence-based conservation and in translating fundamental research into management strategies and policies. To that end I’m keen to engage closely with stakeholders to ensure maximum knowledge transfer.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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