Jens Christian Nejstgaard
My main expertise is in plankton ecology (freshwater and marine), with focus on process studies and experimental quantification of population dynamics and trophic interactions from individual to ecosystem-scales, in response to environmental forcing in a changing world. I have 3 decades of experience in designing and leading international mesocosm experiments.
To overcome present bottlenecks in plankton ecology, I develop new approaches ranging from molecular and video-based in situ techniques to international networks of large-scale mesocosm experimentation.
The ultimate aim is to quantify individual interactions enabling a better understanding of how whole plankton ecosystems functions and reacts to environmental pressures in complex natural systems.
In my lab we presently focus on development of in situ and laboratory video systems using deep learning algorithms to enable automatic zooplankton detection, sizing and enumeration at high spatial and temporal scales, as well as determination of zooplankton feeding based on molecular gut content analyses.
Examples of forum and board memberships:
since 2016 Senior Scientist / Group Leader, IGB
2014-2016 Researcher, IGB
since 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia, USA
2011-2014 Associate Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia, GA, USA
2009-2010 Senior Research Scientist at Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway (20% additional EU-project coordinator position)
2001-2010 Senior Research Scientist, UNI Research/UNI Environment, Bergen, Norway
1996 -2001 Research Scientist, University of Bergen, Norway
1997 Ph.D. (Dr. Scient) Univ. of Bergen, Norway
NEJSTGAARD LAB: ZOOPLANKTON ECOLOGY
Post Doc Dr. Katharina Makower
PhD student Tim Walles
Master Student Fayaz Ahasan
Technician Maren Lentz
Technical members in the LakeLab Core Group team:
PostDoc Dr. Maria Belayeva