||Research assistant (doctoral student) at the Dept. of Animal Ecology at the Bielefeld University, Germany.
Doctoral thesis: Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on periphytic meiofauna in littoral zones of lakes (supported by the Erken Laboratory, Sweden).
||Diploma thesis: Population-growth of Panagrolaimus cf. thienemanni and Poikilolaimus spec. at different food-densities.
||Studies of biology at Bielefeld University, Germany
All kinds of submerged hard substrates at the shore line of lakes are covered with periphyton which consists not only of algae, but also of bacteria, fungi and other organic and inorganic components. The periphyton serves as habitat for all kinds of meiofauna organisms such as nematodes, rotifers and microcrustaceans which are very important for lake food webs. This extreme habitat makes high demands on the meiofauna community because biotic and abiotic factors are permanently changing. But how do biotic and abiotic factors affect the composition of periphitic meiofauna?
Here is a short overview of my ongoing projects:
Temporal variation of periphytic meiofauna.
Effect of selected herbivores on periphytic meiofauna.
Feeding behaviour of free-living nematodes.
Effects of biocides on periphytic communities.
Schroeder, F., Peters, L. & W. Traunspurger (2012):Temporal variations in epilithic nematode assemblages in lakes of different productivities. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 181 (2): 143 - 157.
Schroeder, F., Traunspurger, W., Pettersson K. & L. Peters (2012): Temporal changes in periphytic meiofauna in lakes of different trophic states. Journal of Limnology 71 (1): 216 - 227.
Schroeder, F., Muschiol D. & W. Traunspurger (2010): Fluctuating food availability may permit coexistence in bacterivorous nematodes. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 178(1): 59-66.
Muschiol, D., Schroeder F. & W. Traunspurger (2009): Life cycle and population growth rate of Caenorhabditis elegans studied by a new method. BMC Ecology 9:14. Abstract
Schroeder, F., Traunspurger W. and Peters, L. (2010): Jahreszeitliche Sukzession epilithischer Nematoden und anderer Meiofauna in Seen unterschiedlicher Trophie. Oral presentation, Annual meeting of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL), 26. September - 01. October 2010, Bayreuth, Germany.
Schroeder, F., Traunspurger W. and Peters, L. (2010): Seasonal dynamics of epilithic nematodes and other meiofauna in lakes of different productivity. Oral presentation, 14th International Meiofauna Conference, 12.-16. July 2010, Gent, Belgium.