Dr. Gerlien Verhaegen


Zoologisches Institut und Museum Vogelwarte

Haus 6.2

Soldmannstr. 23
17489 Greifswald





My research interest lies in the ecology and evolution of aquatic invertebrates, from freshwater snails to deep-sea jellyfish. My current postdoctoral project focuses on studying the diversity, distribution, ecology, and genetic connectivity of Southern Ocean gelatinous zooplankton. For this I am investigating environmental DNA as well as population genetics, and apply ecological niche modelling techniques. While affiliated with the University of Greiswald, my actual working environment is the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung in Bremerhaven. A more comprehensive description of the project can be found here:

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Research topic

Gelatinous zooplankton of the Southern Ocean: diversity, distribution, ecology, and genetic connectivity