I hold an MSc in Biological Oceanography (Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel) and a BSc in Biosciences (Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg). For my MSc thesis, I studied the influence of artificial light at night on the feeding activity of the sea urchin Arbacia lixula from the Adriatic Sea.
After graduating, I worked as a Student Research Assistant in the Benthic Ecology group at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, testing a novel PlanktoScope for the imaging of plankton communities from the Kiel Fjord (Baltic Sea). I also conducted salinity acclimations of Asterias rubens sea stars from the North Sea, while working at the Kiel Marine Organism Culture Centre (KIMOCC) at GEOMAR.
My wider research interests include experimental benthic ecology and architecture. I hope to combine these interests during my PhD project by investigating the interaction between benthic species and coastal infrastructure. My aim is to develop new design strategies to improve the sustainability and ecological multifunctionality of these man-made structures