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Britta Meyer

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


+41 (0)61 207 03 04

+41 (0)61 207 03 01


Britta Meyer

PhD student in the group of Walter Salzburger. Works on genetic diversity, coalescence and phylogeny of East African cichlids.

Current research

In my research project I am interested in the genetic diversity of the cichlid assemblage in East Africa. Therefore I will analyze SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and nuclear DNA sequences in East African cichlids. This genome-wide data set will be used to draw conclusions about their population genetics, demographic history and phylogeny.

In my spare time

My big love is the water, that is why I like islands, oceans, lakes, ships, swimming, snorkeling, being at the beach, bathing in the sun and enjoying the sounds of the waves. And if there is no water, I like reading, watching birds and traveling.


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Teaching Experience

Fieldwork and Animal Care

2011 1 month excursion to Zambia (Lake Tanganyika, cichlids)
2009 1 month excursion to Nicaragua (Lake Xiloa and Apoyo, cichlids)
2006 1 month excursion to Madagascar (Fort Dauphin area, mainly lemurs)
2004 2 months care taking of different Malacostraca and Decapoda
2004 4 months care taking and experiments with fishes from genus Poecilla
2002-2003 Several months field assistant in a radio telemetry project of Northern Goshawk
2002 1 month working at a Biological Station (Rybachy, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Russia, bird trapping and ringing)
2001-2008 Field assistant in bird surveys called „Seabirds at Sea“ on research vessels on North and Baltic Sea
2001 1 year voluntary ecological year (Bird observatory, Helgoland, Germany, trapping and ringing of birds and taking biometrical data, sexing, aging and determination of condition of migrating birds and mapping of breeding birds)

Further Education

Professional Affiliations

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1980 in Hamburg, Germany
2009-now PhD student in the Salzburger Group, University of Basel, Switzerland
2007-2008 Diploma studies at the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and at the Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation, University of Hamburg, Germany
2001-2007 Studies of Zoology, Biochemistry and Conservation Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany
2000-2001 Voluntary ecological year, Bird observatory, Helgoland, Germany