Uglylab: agent based modeling and simulation platform

Intruction: download Uglylab1.2.0.zip and unzip. Java SE Development Kit 8 (jdk8) has to be installed in order to use all the possibilities, but the software also runs with only Java Runtime Environment 8 (jre8) excepted for some features. Here is a short user manual (installation and basic use): Uglylab-User-Manual.pdf . . . → Read More: Uglylab: agent based modeling and simulation platform

Diversity, ecology and evolution of aquatic chytrids

Chytrids are zoosporic fungi that occupy a basal position in the fungal tree. They are saprotrophic or parasitic on a wide range of animal, plant and protist hosts. Recent environmental DNA surveys of microbial eukaryotes with next generation sequencing technology show the occurrence and a high diversity of chytrids in pelagic freshwater and marine ecosystems. […] . . . → Read More: Diversity, ecology and evolution of aquatic chytrids

The role parasites play in modifying trophic interactions and ecosystem properties

This postdoctoral project aims at getting insight in the role parasites play in modifying trophic interactions and ecosystem properties. The fact that parasites can have pronounced effects on their host population is now well established. How this may influence ecosystem properties is however less clear. The importance of predation for community structure and ecosystem productivity through […] . . . → Read More: The role parasites play in modifying trophic interactions and ecosystem properties

Host-Parasite-Herbicide Interactions in Lake Phytoplankton: an Eco-Evolutionary Approach

This project was my PhD thesis which I conducted at the water research institut EAWAG (ETH Zürich) under the supervision of Dr. Bas Ibelings and Dr. Piet Spaak. In this project I studied the influence of anthropogenic pollution on host-parasite interactions. In nature, organisms experience simultaneous biotic and abiotic stressors. Parasites are ubiquitous and they […] . . . → Read More: Host-Parasite-Herbicide Interactions in Lake Phytoplankton: an Eco-Evolutionary Approach

Spatio-temporal dynamics of Planktothrix rubescens and heterotrophic bacteria in Lake Zurich

This project was my master thesis which I conducted at the limnological station of the University of Zürich under the supervision of PD Dr. Thomas Posch and Prof. Jakob Pernthaler. The main objective was the establishment of an empirical dataset, describing the seasonality and potential coexistence patterns of the major freshwater heterotrophic bacterial groups and […] . . . → Read More: Spatio-temporal dynamics of Planktothrix rubescens and heterotrophic bacteria in Lake Zurich

3D Agent based simulation tool (first version)

This project was my master thesis. The principal aim was to build a flexible and user friendly agent based modeling tool to simulate species interactions under a variety of conditions and properties in a 3D environment. Then, we applied it on a specific host-parasite system, where the host is the microalgae Asterionella formosa and the […] . . . → Read More: 3D Agent based simulation tool (first version)

Simulation of spatial dynamics of host-parasite interactions with a cellular automaton

The objective of this project was to simulate the dynamics of host-parasite interactions, by considering spatial structure and environmental stress. The aquatic model system we study consists of the microalgae Asterionella formosa as the host and the chytrid fungus Zyghorhizidium planktonicum as the parasite. The host is a diatom, which mainly reproduces asexually. However, rare […] . . . → Read More: Simulation of spatial dynamics of host-parasite interactions with a cellular automaton