My project focuses on investigating the role of Transparent Exopolymer Particles (TEP) in the Sea Surface Microlayer (SML). TEP is an aggregation of plankton exudates that due to its “sticky” nature functions as the main transport vector for organic carbon, nutrients and trace metals. Using a combination of lab experiments and in situ-experiments, I will be looking at the effects of primary productivity, bubble bursting and UV radiation on TEP in the SML and Bulk water.

 In addition, I will be characterizing on a more complete scale, the composition of TEP in SML and Bulk water. Thus far gel particles have only been measured in relation to the amount of acidic polysacharides that are stainable by Alcian Blue (TEP) or protein-containing particles stainable by Coomassie Brilliant Blue (CSP). However, there are many other materials that form TEP and so I hope to use mass spectrometry methods to elucidate what components make up TEP and to use novel techniques to compare TEP, CSP and lipids.



08/2011 – 11/2012

MRes in Ocean Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Masters’ thesis at National Oceanographic Center (University of Southampton) Division Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, Working group of Dr. Martha Gledhill


Topic: Diurnal Cycling of Fe in phytoplankton as way to combat Fe stress


08/2007 – 04/2011

BSc Marine Biology, Alaska Pacific University, USA, Senior Project with working group of Dr. David Scheel and the octopus project


Topic: Prey Specialization of Enteroctopus Dofleini





06/2016 - current

PhD Student at Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Germany


11/2014 - 08/2015

Clinical Lab Assistant for Sonora Quest Laboratories, Prescott, Arizona USA


04/2013 – 01/2014

Fisheries Observer and Catch Monitor, focusing on species identification and bycatch monitoring with National Marine Fisheries Service, Newport, Oregon USA



Research Cruise Experience


13/06/2016 -16/06/2016

Participation in PASSME and MarParCloud projects on RV Senckenberg in Jade Bay, Germany

Focus: Biogeochemical cycles in the Sea Surface Micro Layer and Bulk water


05/2012 – 07/2012

Arctic Research Cruise on RRS James Clark Ross with the National Oceanographic Center

Focus: The effect of global climate change on the biogeochemical cycle


Technical and Software Skills


Fluorescence microscopy, microbiology, phytoplankton biochemistry, mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, spectrophotometry, Microsoft Office, SigmaPlot, Matlab, Ravenlite, SPSS, Endnote, Oracle database

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