Institut for Biologi

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Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard

Ph.d., Postdoc

Curriculum Vitae




Research topics

Environmental DNA, biodiversity, conservation, ecology



13 peer-reviewed publications (incl. Conservation Biology and Nature Ecology & Evolution)

Citations (Google Scholar): 553



2018-pres.        Postdoc researcher at Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Dept. of Bioscience (BIOS), Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

2015                   Research assistant at Section for Evolutionary Genomics, Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

2014                   Research assistant at DNA & Life, NHMD, UCPH

2012                   Student assistant at Center for GeoGenetics, NHMD, UCPH



2018                   PhD degree in biology. Section for Evolutionary Genomics, NHMD, UCPH. Thesis title: Investigating marine vertebrate communities and populations through seawater environmental DNA

2014                   MSc degree in biology. Center for GeoGenetics, NHMD, UCPH. Thesis title: Monitoring of marine fishes using environmental DNA from seawater samples

2012                   BSc degree in biology. Vertebrate department, NHMD, UCPH. Thesis title: Search for the European weatherfish using environmental DNA



2019                   Teaching at the course Experimental Evolutionary Biology, BIOS, AU

2014-2017        Teaching at courses on ancient DNA and evolution, NHMD, UCPH



Present             Assisting with the supervision of three Ph.D. students and one graduate student

2015-2018        Assisted with the supervision of four graduate students and five undergraduate students. Training of an associate professor from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in eDNA metabarcoding          



2019                Completed Introduction to Leadership course at AU


Selected talks

2018                   Workshop on eDNA in monitoring, AU, Denmark

2017                   OIKOS annual meeting, Danish Society OIKOS, Denmark

2015                   FISKEHAB meeting, Danish Technical University, Denmark


Research stays at other universities

2017                   Three months visiting Prof. Pierre Taberlet at Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France.



2016                   Augustinus Foundation. “To Grenoble to learn from the French DNA experts”

                             DKK 15,000. Main applicant

2015                   Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (Mo-RTC), Qatar. AQUATAR - Exploring the life of aquatic vertebrates in Qatar using environmental DNA from seawater”

DKK 3,345,921. Co-applicant

2011                   University of Copenhagen. Internationalization grant for one semester of study at James Cook University, Australia. DKK 13,000. Main applicant


Outreach and communication

2019                   Talks for high school students and teachers about eDNA-based biomonitoring

2015-2019        Interviews for television (TV2 Østjylland), newspapers (Politiken, Berlingske Tidende), online magazines (The Atlantic, Science News for Students,, The Scientist), and podcasts (Nature)

2018                   After-school activity for children during Girls in Science Week


Service to the scientific community

2015-2019        Peer reviewer for Journal of Applied Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Environmental DNA, Ecological Applications, and University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program


Other voluntary work

2020                                          President of the Junior Researcher Association (JRA) at AU

2019                                           Member of the communications committee of the JRA


Field work

2012-2019        Field work in Denmark and Qatar to collect eDNA samples from aquatic habitats