Arne Bielke

MSc student

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Biographical information

since 2020: MSc student, Evolutionary Systems Biology, University of Vienna, Austria.

Working title: The role of smRNA regulation during recurrent ecotype formation.
Supervisor: Ovidiu Paun.

2016-2019: BSc Biology, Leibnitz Universität Hannover, Germany.

Thesis: Pantala flavescens (Fabricus, 1798), isolation of a species.



After I finished my apprenticeship as a laboratory technician, I started to study biology at the Leibnitz University of Hannover. I quickly became enthralled by population genetics, conservation genetics and ecology. Luckily, I had the opportunity to combine these fields in a bachelor thesis concerning population genetics in a potential panmictic dragonfly species at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.

After one year as a research assistant at this Institute, I started the Evolutionary Systems Biology Master's program at the University of Vienna. Following a six-week internship at the Plant Ecological Genomics group, I decided to also write my master's thesis here. The project I am currently working on focuses on Heliosperma pusillum. This alpine plant adapted to two different environments, forming ecotypes. By providing naturally formed biological replicates, Heliosperma pusillum is an excellent model for studying recurrent ecotype formation. To gain deeper insights into the mechanisms behind recurrent ecotype formation, I am analyzing smRNA profiles of reciprocal transplanted individuals and individuals grown in a common garden.


David FJ, Herzog R, Bielke A, et al. 2021. The first complete mitochondrial genome of the migratory dragonfly Pantala flavescens Fabricius, 1798 (Libellulidae: Odonata). Mitochondrial DNA Part B 6: 808-810.