Elise Ida Blum Samuelsen has finished her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Copenhagen University (KU), with lead supervisor Chris J. Barnes (GLOBE, KU).
Elise investigated the potential pathogens (bacteria and fungi and possible stem-boring insects as vectors) which are currently causing a disease threatening the critically endangered Hawaiian endemic plant Brighamia insignis. Using genetic markers she found some potential pathogens, so this is a valuable first step towards conservation efforts of this rare and special Hawaiian plant. She received the highest possible mark. Congratulations, Elise!
Thanks to collaborators Nina Rønsted and Seana Walsh and the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii.
Hi! I am Elise Biersma, an evolutionary biologist studying polar plants and microbes.