Aquatic microbes shaped the conditions for life on earth as we know it! With oceans and lakes changing due to anthropogenic activities, understanding the complex microbial interaction networks that drive biogeochemical cycles is a prerequisite for predicting what the future might bring. My work focusses on eukaryotic microbes, their interactions, and strategies of resource acquisition.
Half 'plant' - half 'animal'
I am particularly fascinated by organisms that combine a ‘plant-like’ with an ‘animal-like’ lifestyle. By both photosynthesizing and feeding on other microbes these mixotrophs assume the roles of both primary producers and consumers, raising many questions about their physiology as well as consequences for carbon and nutrient cycling.
2013 - PhD, University of Utrecht, Mixotrophs in aquatic ecosystems: linking physiology to food web dynamics
2007 - MSc, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Impact of iron limitation on the mechanical stability and silica metabolism of diatoms
2018 – present Assistant Professor, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
2015 – 2018 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, USA, and Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, ES
2013 – 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, USA
2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Lund University, Lund, SE
2008 – 2013 PhD Student, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, NL
2009 – 2010 Guest Researcher, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, NL
2007 Junior Researcher; Leibniz-Institute of Marine Research (GEOMAR), Kiel, DE
2005 – 2006 Student Research Assistant, Leibniz-Institute of Marine Research (GEOMAR), Kiel, DE and
Alfred Wegener-Institute of Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, DE