About me

I am a geobiologist with over 7 years of experience in research, teaching, and student supervision at Harvard University and the University of Bremen.

Please refer to my full CV here: CV (updated 02/2021)

Research Experience

Since 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (USA). Advisor: Prof Dr Ann Pearson

Postdoctoral Researcher, MARUM, University of Bremen (Germany). Advisor: Prof Dr Kai-Uwe Hinrichs


Doctoral Researcher, MARUM, University of Bremen (Germany). Advisor: Prof Dr Kai-Uwe Hinrichs


2015 PhD in Geosciences, MARUM, University of Bremen (Germany). Thesis: Factors controlling the lipid composition in marine planktonic Thaumarchaeota. Advisor: Prof Dr Kai-Uwe Hinrichs
2012 M. Sc. Marine Geosciences, University of Bremen (Germany). Thesis: Microbial carbon cycling in the hypersaline, anoxic Orca Basin, northern Gulf of Mexico. Advisor: Prof Dr Kai-Uwe Hinrichs.
2010 Study abroad at University Centre of Svalbard/University of Bergen (Norway).
2009 B. Sc. Geosciences, University of Bremen (Germany). Thesis: Changes in the stress field of the Western Alps - Structural & Geological Mapping in the Upper Rhône Valley. Supervisor: Prof Dr Cornelia Spiegel.


2020 International Ocean Discovery Program, Expedition 388 (Equatorial Atlantic Gateway), RV Joides Resolution, 9 weeks; Role: Organic geochemist; Chief scientists: Prof. Dr. Gerson Fauth and Prof. Dr. Tom Dunkley Jones.  SCHEDULED.
2019 Black Sea, RV Poseidon cruise POS539 (2 weeks); Role: Microbiologist. Responsibilities: Microbial activity measurements, sediment and water sampling. PIs: Dr. Martin Könneke, Prof. Dr. Karin Zonneveld
2010 Organic geochemist, RV Atlantis cruise AT18-2 (4 weeks), northern Gulf of Mexico. Sediment and CTD sampling of seafloor brine pools and environments affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Starboard observer during DSV Alvin dive 4658. NSF funded project: Brine seep microbial observatories (PIs: Profs S. B. Joye, Andreas Teske, Ian McDonald). Cruise Blog | Video
2010 Field geologist, expedition on central Svalbard (4 weeks). Investigation of Paleogene bentonites as stratigraphic markers for the Paleocene-Eocene boundary and circum-arctic volcanism (PIs: Prof Cornelia Spiegel, Solveig Estrada).
2009 Field geologist, structural mapping in the Western Alps, Switzerland (3 weeks). Investigation of the tectonic history of the Aiguilles Rouges external massif (PI: Prof Cornelia Spiegel).
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