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Bastian Egeter

Bastian Egeter

Post-Doc Researcher

Post-Doc Researcher
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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I am a researcher and educator in biology, ecology and conservation. I have a wide range of interests, with a focus on molecular ecology. This extends to DNA-based diet analysis, small vertebrates, nematodes, plant pathogens and agri-environment issues.

I have a particular interest in amphibians and my PhD was centred around assessing the impact of introduced mammals on endangered native New Zealand frogs (Leiopelma). This largely involved measuring and comparing prey DNA detection periods in the stomachs and faeces of vertebrates and applying these to data collected during extensive and remote fieldwork.

Other projects I have been involved with include the detection and identification of Antarctic nematodes (Panagrolaimus davidi), the only organism that can survive extensive intracellular freezing throughout its tissues, and assessing the potential for feral pigs to act as a vector for the plant pathogen (Phytophthora agathidicida). P. agathidicida is infecting an iconic large tree species, the kauri, and is currently incurably fatal.

In 2014 I set up a long-term lizard monitoring programme at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, NZ. The aim of the project is to assess the degree to which lizard populations benefit from the absence of introduced mammalian predators, and also to use the programme as an education tool for visitors to the sanctuary. This project is ongoing and I continue to act in an advisory capacity.

As part of the EnvMetaGen group I will be working on a diverse array of next generation sequencing projects with the overall aims of benefiting conservation and ecosystem services.

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