M.Sc. Petra Thea Mutinova

Research Interests

  • phycology, particularly diatoms
  • biodiversity of diatoms
  • aquatic ecology
  • microalgae cultivation
  • environmental DNA barcoding of diatoms

Current project

DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST – Topic: Biodiversity of Benthic Baltic Sea Diatoms


Project description

Diatoms (Bacillariophyceae) are important primary producers in global ecosystems and are frequently used as indicators for biomonitoring. In light of increased disturbances and flooding events affecting coastal areas, there is a need to expand knowledge surrounding diatom communities in these changing ecosystems to obtain a reliable baseline for future monitoring. However, studies on benthic diatoms in coastal waters of the Baltic Sea are still rare, and diatom biodiversity in Hütelmoor nature reserve and its surrounding areas, the model sites of Baltic TRANSCOAST, is still yet to be investigated. Therefore, the main objective of the PhD project is to perform a comprehensive floristic study in this area, accompanied by community structure analyses. Diatom species will be identified by both traditional morphological methodology and rapidly evolving DNA barcoding techniques. Using these two approaches in parallel will facilitate the development of a reliable reference species database. Combining the results with the other studies of Baltic TRANSCOAST, the outcomes will contribute to our understanding of processes implementing biodiversity in changing coastal areas, and thus provide the best way to monitor these ecosystems in the future.



Mutinova, P.T., Kulichova, J. & K.I. Ugland (2017). Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Diatom (Bacillariophyceae) Communities in a Peatland Area. Cryptogamologie, Algologie 38: 253-266.

Mutinova, P.T., Neustupa, J., Bevilaqua, S. & A. Terlizzi (2016). Host Specificity of Epiphytic Diatom (Bacillariophyceae) and Desmid (Desmidiales) Communities. Aquatic Ecology 50: 697-709.


Professional Experience        
2016-(2019) Research assistant Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) Section for Freshwater Ecology / Pelagic Freshwater Ecology From 4/2019 leave of absence to pursue PhD at the University of Rostock
since 2019 PhD Student Thesis: Biodiversity of Benthic Baltic Sea Diatoms Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2015 M.Sc. Thesis: Substrate Specificity of Epiphytic Communities of Diatoms (Bacillariophyceae) and Desmids (Desmidiales) Charles University in Prague (CUNI)
2012-2015 Master studies Biology, Botany; specialization: Phycology and Ecology of Algae Charles University in Prague (CUNI)
2012 B.Sc. Thesis: Seasonal Dynamics and Diversity of Protist Organisms in Peat Bog Microhabitats Charles University in Prague (CUNI)
2009-2012 Bachelor studies Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Charles University in Prague (CUNI)
Stays abroad      
2014 MSc Exchange Program University of Oslo (UiO) Marine Biology


Petra Thea Mutinova
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Straße 3
D-18059 Rostock
Tel. +49 381 498 6095
Fax. +49 381 498 6072

Petra Mutinova