Bernd_Hanfling

Dr Bernd Haenfling

Senior Lecturer/ Chair of the Evolutionary Biology Group (EvoHull)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Biological and Marine Sciences

Summary

Dr Bernd Hänfling is a senior lecturer and molecular ecologist with more than 20 years' experience in studying the ecology and evolution of freshwater organisms. He has been applying his scientific expertise to teach undergraduate students in ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation since 2007. Current research projects focus on the application of eDNA and 'next generation sequencing' approaches. They include eDNA analysis of freshwater fish communities, assessing the impact of invasive species and population genomics of pond fish. School of Environmental Sciences

Journal Article

Prospects and challenges of environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring in freshwater ponds

Harper, L. R., Buxton, A. S., Rees, H. C., Bruce, K., Brys, R., Halfmaerten, D., …Hänfling, B. (2019). Prospects and challenges of environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring in freshwater ponds. Hydrobiologia, 826(1), 25-41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3750-5

Temporal and spatial variation in distribution of fish environmental DNA in England’s largest lake

Lawson Handley, L., Read, D. S., Winfield, I. J., Kimbell, H., Johnson, H., Li, J., …Hänfling, B. (2019). Temporal and spatial variation in distribution of fish environmental DNA in England’s largest lake. Environmental DNA, 1(1), 26-39. https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.5

Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding of pond water as a tool to survey conservation and management priority mammals

Ghazali, M., Harper, L. R., Lawson Handley, L., Carpenter, A. I., Murray-Dickson, G., Di Muri, C., …Hänfling, B. (2019). Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding of pond water as a tool to survey conservation and management priority mammals. Biological Conservation, 238(October 2019), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108225

Limited dispersion and quick degradation of environmental DNA in fish ponds inferred by metabarcoding

Li, J., Lawson Handley, L. J., Harper, L. R., Brys, R., Watson, H. V., Di Muri, C., …Hänfling, B. (2019). Limited dispersion and quick degradation of environmental DNA in fish ponds inferred by metabarcoding. Environmental DNA, 1(3), 238-250. https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.24

The effect of filtration method on the efficiency of environmental DNA capture and quantification via metabarcoding

Li, J., Lawson Handley, L. J., Read, D. S., & Hänfling, B. (2018). The effect of filtration method on the efficiency of environmental DNA capture and quantification via metabarcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18(5), 1102-1114. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12899

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hänfling welcomes applications in the fields of environmental DNA, population genomics and phylogeography. Completed PhDs PhDs - Dr Hastings Zidana (2006-2008) - Thomas Mathers (2009-2013) - Dr Andrea Simon (2008-2012) - Cathleen Thomas (2008-2012) - Dr Daniel Jeffries (2011-2015) Postdocs - Dr David Weetman (2003-2006) - Dr Helen Wilcock (2004) - Dr Thorid Zierold (2006-2007) - Dr Isabela Douterelo-Soler (2008) - Dr Mark Cullings (2010-2013) - Dr Caitriona McInnerney (2013-2014) - Dr Helen Kimbell (2015-2016) - Dr Harriet Johnson (2016-2017) - Dr Peter Shum (2016-2017) - Dr Hayley Watson (2016-2017) Current PhD supervisions - Jianlong Lee (from 2014) - Rosetta Blackman (from 2014) - Lynsey Harper (from 2015) - Marco Benucci (from 2015) - Graham Sellers (from 2015) - Cristina Di Muri (from 2016)