Dr. L.D. (Laura) Bertola

  • Researcher
  • Conservation genetics
  • Phylogeny/ Phylogeography
  • Population genetics
  • Environmental DNA

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5652
E-Mail: bertola@cml.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A318
Personal Homepage: www.cml.leiden.edu/​organisation/​staff/​bertola.html

Research topic

Laura is interested in how the rapidly developing field of genetics can contribute to the field of conservation biology. During her PhD-research she applied various genetic techniques to gain insight into the distribution of genetic diversity in the lion. These data provide a rational basis for prioritising populations for conservation efforts, but also give insight into evolutionary drivers which may have contributed to the current genetic make-up. Phylogeographic data can contribute to defining management strategies, both for in situ conservation and for breeding of captive stocks. 

She has explored different sources of DNA e.g. by non-invasively collecting hair and scat samples and by using ancient DNA approaches for specimens in natural history collections. Analogue to this, She is currently working on a project on environmental DNA, in which they want to access the applicability of DNA isolated directly from aquatic samples for water quality monitoring.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016