Department of Biology

Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard

PhD, Postdoc

Curriculum Vitae




Research topics

Environmental DNA, biodiversity, conservation, ecology



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

Citations (Google Scholar): 1184



2018-pres. Postdoc researcher at Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Dept. of Biology (BIO), 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



2020 Completed Teacher Training Programme, AU

2020 Teaching at the course Genetics and Evolution, BIO, AU

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

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



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

2015-2020 Assisted with the supervision of one PhD student, five 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