Iris S. Schlick-Steiner, BSc
Currently going an abroad semester in Italy
I am currently studying the master of Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Innsbruck.
The diversity of organisms (in particular animals and plants) fascinates me, and I love learning about them and how they interact with each other in ecosystems. At the moment, I have a particular soft spot for spiders 😊.
For my master thesis, I want to find out if / how urbanization impacts the genetic diversity of the spider Araneus diadematus and its position in the food web. My thesis partners, Marion Pranter and Kelly Penning, focus on the spider Nuctenea umbratica and the ant Formica fuscocinerea, respectively. Together, we sampled these organisms in Innsbruck and its surroundings – at every time of day and night, really getting to know the town and its inhabitants.
Population genetics and genomics