Cyanobacteria are important pioneer organisms and primary producers in microbial communities of tidal flats. Not least because of their extraordinary high tolerance and adaptability towards strongly fluctuating and extreme environmental conditions they contribute substantially to the diversity of this habitat. The aim of this DFG-founded research project is the investigation of cyanobacterial populations from microbial communities of tidal flats worldwide (subtropical to (sub-)arctic) and their patterns of diversity along geographical and ecological gradients. Based on high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA fragments conclusions about community composition and diversity as well as putative biogeographical patterns can be drawn.
Protists (eukaryotic microbes) are the dominant primary producers in aquatic environments and, at the same time, they are the major consumers of bacteria and thus a crucial link between phytoplankton primary production, bacterial secondary production and higher trophic levels. The ecological key role of protists is sharply contrasted by an only vague understanding of their diversity and distribution. The objective of this DFG-founded project is the investigation of diversity as well as biogeographical patterns of protists based on high-throughput sequencing of 18S rRNA + ITS fragments of plankton samples from about 250 European lakes.
Scientist, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, research project „Biogeography of Protists in European lakes“
PhD student, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, PhD project: „Molecular diversity of Cyanobacteria in worldwide distributed tidal flats“
Master studies „Biotechnology and Applied Ecology“, TU Dresden (International Graduate School Zittau) and the University of Applied Science Zittau/Görlitz, Master thesis: „Analysis of the gene expression in a hybrid population of dog roses at Strohmberg (Upper Lusatia/Saxony)“, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz, Department of Botany
Degree: M.Sc. Biotechnology 2013
Bachelor studies „Biotechnology“ at the University of Applied Science Furtwangen, Bachelor thesis: „Characterisation of a putative resistance protein in Arabidopsis thaliana“, University Tübingen, Center for Molecular Biology of Plants, Department of Plant Biochemistry
Degree: B.Eng. Biotechnology 2007