DI Thomas Peham


In my PhD project, I will work on soil fauna diversity and its assessment in an alpine agricultural landscape. The focus will be on soil macrofauna diversity among several land-use types in South Tyrol, an area which is very intensively agriculturally managed. Therefore, also differences between organic and conventional farming will be considered. Additionally to specialising in earthworm determination, I will jump into the molecular detection of nematodes from environmental-DNA samples. Finally, the transfer of biodiversity knowledge to the general public via soil quality or sustainability indicators shall complement my thesis.

Research topics
Soil fauna diversity
Soil science
Land use effects
Soil management impact
Soil pollution
Soil monitoring

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