MSc. Yana Yankova
Limnological Station
University of Zürich
Seestrasse 187
CH-8802 Kilchberg
yana.yankova@limnol.uzh.ch

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+41 (0)44 63 49229
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+41 (0)44 63 41225
Research Interests
Keywords
Education
Previous Positions and Research Experience
Fellowships and Awards
List of Publications

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Research Interests

My research focuses on the impact of long-term climate changes on physical properties and phytoplankton dynamics in deep temperate lakes. I am particularly interested in temporal changes of thermal stratification, spatio-temporal metalimnion developments, shifts in timing of phototrophic blooms and community composition, toxic algae. Based on a long-term (> 36 y) data set available for Lake Zurich, I investigate the links between ongoing climate warming, lake warming and the increasing quantitative and qualitative imbalance in the phytoplankton community structure, dominated nowadays mainly by the toxic filamentous cyanobacterium Planktothrix rubescens.


Keywords

lake warming, long-term data, Lake Zurich, thermal stratification, metalimnion, P. rubescens, phytoplankton dynamics


Education

2013 PhD candidate at the Limnological Station, University of Zurich, Interactions between global change, biodiversity, and feedback mechanisms
2004 - 2011 Biology studies at the Free University of Berlin

Previous Positions and Research Experience

2012 - 2013 Internship at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam (Germany) Assistance in the project GHG-AQUAFLUX and GHG water/air fluxes modeling with the scale model SWAT
2010 - 2011 Diploma thesis at IGB Berlin: research on long-term development of the water temperature and its influence on the plankton development in Lake Arendsee by applying the freshwater lake model Flake

Fellowships and Awards

2013 Member of URPP Global Change and Biodiversity of University of Zurich; since 2014: Member of the Steering Committee of URPP GCB

List of Publications

Yankova, Y., Villiger, J., Pernthaler, J., Schanz, F., and Posch, T. (2016) Prolongation, deepening and warming of the metalimnion change habitat conditions of the harmful filamentous cyanobacterium Planktothrix rubescens in a prealpine lake. Hydrobiologia 776: 125-138
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