Dr. Vasco Elbrecht

University of  Guelph, Canada.



Professional Preparation



Postdoc, University of Guelph, Canada. 2017-present.


PhD Student, Aquatic Ecosystem Research, University of Duisburg-Essen. 2014-July 2017.

MSc in Biology, major in biodiversity, Ruhr-University Bochum. 2011-2013.

ERASMUS scholarship, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2010-2011.

BSc in Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum. 2007-2010.





Selected Publications


Vamos*, Elbrecht*, Leese (2017). Short COI markers for freshwater macroinvertebrate metabarcoding. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics.


Elbrecht, Peinert, Leese (2017). Sorting things out - assessing effects of unequal specimen biomass on DNA metabarcoding. Ecology and Evolution


Elbrecht, Vamos, Meissner, Aroviita & Leese (2017). Assessing strengths and weaknesses of DNA metabarcoding based macroinvertebrate identification for routine stream monitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Elbrecht & Leese (2017). Validation and development of freshwater invertebrate metabarcoding COI primers for Environmental Impact Assessment. Frontiers in Environmental Science 


Elbrecht & Leese (2016). PrimerMiner: an R package for development and in silico validation of DNA metabarcoding primers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Elbrecht, Taberlet, Dejean, Valentini, Usseglio-Polatera, Beisel, Coissac, Boyer, Leese (2016). Testing the potential of a ribosomal 16S marker for DNA metabarcoding of insects. PeerJ.

Elbrecht & Leese (2015). Can DNA-Based Ecosystem Assessments Quantify Species Abundance? Testing Primer Bias and Biomass - Sequence Relationships with an Innovative Metabarcoding Protocol. PLoS ONE.

Elbrecht, Feld, Gies, Hering, Sondermann, Tollrian & Leese (2014). Genetic diversity and dispersal potential of the stonefly Dinocras cephalotes in a central European low mountain range. Freshwater Science.