Nils Struck

University of Innsbruck
Department of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25     (Room 513)
A-6020 Innsbruck



As a master’s student of Ecology and Biodiversity, my current task is to assist Veronika Hierlmeier in the INTERREG-A-project “protectAlps”, which is a joint venture of the University of Innsbruck and the Landesamt für Umwelt Bayern. My thesis will be part of this project, focusing on a possible link between the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), morphology, and inbreeding in bumblebees as well as Formica exsecta and Formica sensu stricto. Our target locations are the Zugspitze in Germany and the Hoher Sonnblick in Austria. With this project, we hope to gain new insights into POP impact on insects, especially regarding the tree line in alpine regions.


Research Topics:

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Traditional morphology and geometric morphometrics

Other interests:

  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation biology
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