The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Phillip is based at NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators s.r.l. in Italy.

Project Title & Synopsis: Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Freshwater Ecosystems

I am based at Nemo (Italy) and focus my research on indirect and direct biological impacts of AIS on native species. I will investigate disease transmission, evolutionary effects and economic damage caused by burrowing activities of the crayfish Procambarus clarkii, a potential vector for the so-called crayfish plague. I will furthermore assess the trophic effects of the introduced american bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus by conducting stomach content analyses. Finally, possible interactions among invasive species will be considered.

Host Institution/s: Department of Biology, University of Florence & NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators s.r.l.

Supervisor(s): Prof. Felicita Scapini & Dr. Elena Tricarico

Biography: After attending Highschool in Osakis, MN (USA) and finishing my A-levels in Germany, I studied Biology at the University of Kassel with a spezialisation in Animal- and Plantphysiology, Limnology and Botany. My thesis focused on the biogeographic distribution, evolution and systematics of Thaumaleidae (Diptera) in Europe. After graduating, I stayed in the Department of Limnology at the University of Kassel and focused on a monitoring study on amphibian populations and species diversity in the nature reserve Dönche in Kassel (Germany). I consider myself a biologist with a broad interest in conservation of ecotype biodiversity, herpetology and limnology. Currently I am a PhD student at the University of Florence focusing on the impacts of aquatic invasive species in fresh water ecosystems.


Haubrock, P. J., & Altrichter, J. (2016). Newts in the nature reserve Dönche: Evaluation of diversity, breeding behaviour and threats due to a decline in habitat suitability. Biologia, 71(7), 824-834.

Haubrock P. J. & J. Altrichter (2016). Northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus) migration in a nature reserve: multiple incidents of breeding season displacements exceeding 1km. Herpetological Bulletin, 138: 31.


Diploma in Biology – University of Kassel,Germany


  • Fishing & Microfishing
  • Biogeography
  • Limnology
  • Herpetology & Entomology