Research Interest

I am researching the interactions between microbes and gel particles in the sea surface microlayer under UV exposure.
My project is part of the PhD program “EcoMol – the Ecology of Molecules” which aims to extend ecological principles to the non-living molecular environment.

With a combination of biological, chemical and physical experiments, both field and lab based, we work towards a mechanistic understanding of the interactions between the molecular components and the microbiome of the sea surface microlayer.

Academic Degrees

2013 - Master of Science: Organismic Biology and Evolution.
Humboldt University and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Thesis: Fragmentation – A Reproductive Strategy of Reef Building Corals and its Importance for their Evolutionary Success

2008 - Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences.
University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Thesis: An approach using Polypterus embryos to revealing ancestral gene repertoires and their expression patterns prior to Teleost diversification

Research Positions Held

  • 2016-2018 - Scientific Officer Microbiology and Biochemistry. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2016-2017 - Project Manager, Sabrina Seafloor Survey. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2016 - Research Assistant, Avian Ecology. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2015-2016 - Research Assistant, Cognitive Neuroethology. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2015-2017 - Tutor, Biology. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2011-2012 - Lab Assistant. Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007-2008 - Lab Assistant. University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
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