Conservation Biology

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MSc thesis

The effect of lamp proximity to aquatic habitats on the attraction of adult aquatic insects

Artificial night lighting is increasing globally and there is a shift to more energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Little is known about the consequences of ecological light pollution. Aquatic insects like mayflies (Ephemeroptera) and caddisflies (Trichoptera) are highly threatened in Switzerland. Therefore it is crucial to identify the effects of artificial light at night on the attraction of adult aquatic insects.


The aim of our research project is to detect the distance threshold of the attraction of adult aquatic insects from the water to an artificial light. Our study will be conducted within the boundaries of the regional nature park of Gantrisch. We will place LED lamps and flight intercept traps along the river Gürbe at different distances from the water edge to collect our data.

Curriculum Vitae

Year Description
2016 - present Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution with special qualification in Animal Ecology and Conservation at University of Bern
2012 - 2016 Bachelor of Science in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution at University of Bern
BSc Thesis: Comparing long-term effects of alternative mowing regimes in hay meadows on wild bee abundance using pan traps and sweep netting
2008 - 2011 High School at Gymnasium Thun Seefeld High School at Gymnasium Thun Seefeld