Wednesday Mar 16, 2022

Alica Ohnesorge – Species Detective Without Sorrow

In our second episode, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews biological oceanographer Alica Ohnesorge. Alica is a PhD-student in her final year and works on eDNA, a powerful method that collects DNA from seawater samples rather than from organisms themselves. With this method, Alica is able to tell which organism has been present in the water column at a given time. She discusses the undeniable pros of the method but also how it is sometimes overestimated. In her relatively short academic career, Alica has worked in a broad background and she affirms how a good dose of bravery can lead to working in diverse places including Barbados, Australia, Seychelles, China and Denmark.


Intro and outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from and

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