F.K. Neijnens MSc (Floris)
PhD candidate - Environmental Science
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
Internal postal code: 89
6500 GL NIJMEGEN
PhD project: The distribution of disease vector species in freshwater ecosystems: a global perspective
Many infectious diseases around the world are becoming increasingly prevalent due to changing environmental conditions, such as climate change and land use change. It is important to understand better the factors that influence the prevalence of organisms carrying these diseases. In my PhD, I will quantify the influence of several factors, including biodiversity and nutrient input, on the prevalence of disease vector species in lake, pond and stream ecosystems. With these relationships, I will then develop, test and apply a global model that predicts vector species occurrence and abundance as function of various abiotic and biotic freshwater ecosystem characteristics.
This project is a collaboration between the Radboud University and Deltares.