I am Post-doctoral research fellow at IZW and at BeGenDiv (see: Affiliations). Mosquitoes are my organism of interest and I have been working on projects relating to mosquito-borne diseases since 2000. Since my PhD was conferred in 2009, my research has focused on degraded DNA; in the form of museum-curated specimens, and more recently, flies and mosquitoes. Using the latter, we have successfully used DNA metabarcoding to non-invasively sample wildlife in Berlin. This same technique will be applied to the Hyena faecal samples.