Dr. Dahl, Mathilde Borg


Department for Bakterielle Physiologie

Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 8 - room-nr.: 1.60

17489 Greifswald

phone: +49 (0)3834 420 5929
fax:      +49 (0)3834 420 5902
email:   mathildeborg.dahl (at)uni-greifswald(dot)de

Curriculum Vitae
08/2018 – 04/2019 Postdoc start-up-grant, “RESPONSE” graduate school, University of Greifswald, Germany
04/2015 – 01/2018 Dr. rer. Nat., graduate school “RESPONSE – Biological responses to novel and changing environments” (www.uni-greifswald.de/response/), University of Greifswald, Germany
10/2014 – 01/2015 Scientific Assistant at the Sec. of Terrestrial Ecology, University of Copenhagen. Address: Universitetsparken 15, 2300 København, Denmark.
02/2012 – 08/2014 M.Sc. Biology, Section of Microbiology, Center for Permafrost (CENPERM), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
09/2008 – 01/2012 B.Sc. Biology, Forest and Landscape, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
09/2006 – 10/2008 Substitute teacher Address: Hillerødsholmskolen, Hillerødsholmallé 2, 3400 Hillerød, Denmark.
Research Interests
  • terrestrial ecology and microbiology
  • cold temperate, alpine  and arctic regions
  • climate change
  • soil microbial communities
  • soil food web
Research experience
  • PhD thesis: “Exploring the diversity of nivicolous myxomycetes: An analysis of the genetic diversity, species distribution and community composition”.
    Supervised by Professor Martin Schnittler.
  • Establishing species barcoding and a reference database for dark-spored myxomycetes. Investigating community structure in a parallel barcoding study of the myxoamoebal, bacterial and fungal community from soil along a natural altitudinal gradient.
    Fieldwork: German Alps and Rocky Mountain.
    Lab work: DNA extraction, Illumina library construction (18S SSU, 16S SSU, ITS) from soil samples, Sanger sequencing, Scanning Electron Microscopying (SEM).
    Analysis: Bioinformatic pipelines, multivariate statistics and network analysis.
    Software: R (open source), Usearch (open source; Edgar, 2010), MEGA6TM, ImageJ (open source), Gephi (open source), STAMP (open source).
  • Master thesis: “Effects of increased warming and shading on soil fungi in Arctic”. Supervised by Professor MSO Anders Priemé.
  • Investigating fungal community composition and response to in situ climate change manipulation treatments of increased shading or temperature in a subarctic shrub heath.
    Fieldwork: 6 weeks of extensive fieldwork in Kobbefjord, SV Greenland. Measures of in situ CO2-flux’ (Li-COR, IRGA), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI, ‘greenness’) and pin-point analysis (vegetation composition and cover).
  • Lab work: Illumina library construction (fungal ITS2 amplicons from soil samples), qPCR and enzyme assays (cellulase, laccase). spectrophotometric technics was used to estimate the microbial biomass (MicC, -N and -P) and nutrients (TOC, DON, inorganic-N and -P) in extracts from chloroform fumigated soil samples.
    Analysis: multivariate statistics: ordinations and cluster analysis.
    Software: R (open source), CANOCO 5TM, STAMP (open source), SAS Enterprise Guide 6.1TM, MEGA6TM.
Awards and travel grants
04/2019 – 04/2021 Accepted in the Female Mentoring Program for PostDocs and Junior Professors; “KarriereWegeMentoring Wissenschaft MV”, University Greifswald
08/2016 The ISME16 Travel Grant (750 EUR) – Travel grant for conference participation in Canada 2016.
06/2013 Selskab for Arktisk Forsking og Teknologi (5000 DK kr. ~ 670 EUR) – Travel grant for M.Sc. fieldwork in Greenland 2013.
06/2013 DM Studerendes rejsepulje (1000 DK kr. ~ 130 EUR) – Travel grant for M.Sc. fieldwork in Greenland 2013.
  • Dahl M, Brejnrod A, Russel J, Sørensen S and Schnittler M (2019) Fine scale niche differentiation among amoebal communities of dark-spored myxomycetes determined by landscape structures as well as biotic factors. Microbial Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s00248-019-01347-1.
  • ShchepinO, Schnittler M, Erastova D, Prikhodko I, Dahl M, Azarov D, Chernyaeva E and Novozhilov Y (2019) Community of dark-spored myxomycetes in ground litter and soil of taiga forest (Nizhne-Svirskiy Reserve, Russia) revealed by DNA metabarcoding. Fungal Ecology. doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2018.11.006.
  • Dahl M, Shchepin O, Schunk C, Menzel A, Novozhilov YK and Schnittler M (2018) A four year survey reveals a coherent pattern between occurrence of fruit bodies and soil amoebae populations for nivicolous myxomycetes. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-30131-3.
  • DahlM, Brejnrod A, Unterseher M, Hoppe T, Feng Y, Novozhilov Y, Sørensen S and Schnittler M (2017) Genetic barcoding of dark-spored myxomycetes (Amoebozoa) – identification, evaluation and application of an identification threshold for species differentiation in NGS studies. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12725.
  • Dahl M, Priemé A, Brejnrod A, Brusvang P, Lund M, Nymand J, Kramshøj M, Ro-Poulsen H and Haugwitz M (2017) Warming, shading and a moth outbreak reduce tundra carbon sink strength dramatically by changing plant cover and soil microbial activity. Scientific Report. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-16007-y.
  • Unterseher M, Karunarathna S, Garcia Cruz R, Dagamac N, DahlMet al (2017). Mycobiomes of sympatric Amorphophallus albispathus (Araceae) and Camellia sinensis (Theaceae) – a case study reveals clear tissue preferences and differences in diversity and composition. Mycological Progress. doi: 10.1007/s11557-018-1375-8.
  • Schnittler M, Shchepin O, Dagamac N, Dahl M and Novozhilov Y (2017) Barcoding myxomycetes with molecular markers: challenges and opportunities. Nova Hedwigia 104: 323–341.
  • Eusemann P, Schnittler M, Nilsson H, Jumpponen A, Dahl M, Würth D, Buras A, Wilmking M and Unterseher M (2016) Habitat conditions and phenological tree traits overrule the influence of tree genotype in the needle mycobiome – Picea glauca system at an arctic treeline ecotone. New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.13988.