Research interests

I am passionate about understanding organism-environment relationships and the underlying molecular responses to changing environmental conditions. In my research, I try to contribute to a better understanding of how organisms and microbial communities respond to changing temperatures and the presence of xenobiotic substances such as insecticides and heavy metals. My research involves:

  • Studying the molecular mechanisms of thermal adaptation.
  • Characterizing con-founding environmental factors in field-based proteomics assessments.
  • The structure and functioning of microbial communities.

To this end, I combine laboratory- and field studies, (meta)proteomics, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics to mine and make sense of molecular functional data. I hope a better understanding of these mechanisms will facilitate novel assessment tools and tell us more about how species and communities will fair in impacted environments.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2018 - 2022 PhD Student, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, emphasis on molecular biology, experimental ecology and bioinformatics
  • 2016 – 2018 Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Biology and Limnology, University of Oslo, Norway, emphasis on experimental ecology, evolutionary biology and statistics
  • 2013 – 2016 Research scientists, Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (Italy): Applied ecology, behavioural biology, conservation biology (marine mammals)
  • 01.2017 – 02.2017 Research scientist, WildSeas (Norway): Applied ecology, behavioural biology, conservation biology (marine mammals)
  • 2012 – 2015 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, emphasis on immunology and biochemistry


Blattner, L., Ebner, J., Zopfi, J. and von Fumetti, S. (2021) “Targeted non-invasive bioindicator species detection in eDNA water samples to assess and monitor the integrity of vulnerable alpine freshwater environments”, Ecological indicators. Elsevier, 129, p. 107916. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107916.

Ebner, N. J.; Ritz, D. und von Fumetti, S. (2020) Abiotic and past climatic conditions drive protein abundance variation among natural populations of the caddisfly Crunoecia irrorata, Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-72569-4

Ebner, N. J., Ritz, D. und von Fumetti, S. (2019) «Comparative proteomics of stenotopic caddisfly Crunoecia irrorata identifies acclimation strategies to warming», Molecular ecology. John Wiley & Sons, S. 54. doi: 10.1111/mec.15225.  


Joshua Ebner
Klingelbergstrasse 27
4056 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 08 10