Staff

Rosetta Blackman

Dr. Rosetta Blackman

Department Aquatic Ecology

About Me

I am fascinated by rivers: understanding the processes within them and how this shapes biodiversity. Having used traditional morphological techniques to assess plant, algae and macroinvertebrate biodiversity for many years as a freshwater ecologist in the UK, my aim now is to utilise rapidly developing molecular tools, such as environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect all levels of biodiversity at a catchment scale.

My PhD focused on using eDNA to detect invasive and non-native species which led to a number of exciting developments both in terms of finding a new non-native species and developing methods for end-user application. Now I want to apply this to all levels of biodiversity. eDNA offers an unprecedented opportunity for ecologists to gain a much greater insight into biodiversity within aquatic systems and it is with this technique that I want to develop a holistic approach to river ecosystem assessment in order to conserve and protect freshwater habitats. 

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Projects

Developing tools and protocols on how to use novel eDNA technology in the context of biodiversity monitoring in riverine ecosystems.

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Address

E-Mail: rosetta.blackman@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 6796
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU G06

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Research Group

Altermatt Lab

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Research Focus

Environmental DNA, biodiversity monitoring ecosystem function, freshwater conservation


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