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My research focusses on the effects of global change on biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services in coastal wetlands. These play an important role in coastal protection and carbon sequestration. 

I studied Biology at University of Hannover with a focus on plant ecology. For my Diplom thesis I did a research project on the development of salt marshes after a change in tidal regime on the island Langeoog. To continue working on this ecosystem I moved to the University of Groningen where I did a PhD on livestock grazing as a nature management tool in salt marshes. Afterwards I started a Postdoc at University of Hamburg, where I build my own ‘Coastal Ecology’ research group. During this time I was able to spend time as a visiting scientist at University of Antwerp and Fudan University Shanghai. 


2019 – present Lecturer in Marine Ecosystem Services, University of East Anglia

2014 – 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Hamburg

2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Groningen

2009 – 2013 PhD in Ecology, University of Groningen

2002 – 2008 Diplom (MSc) in Biology, University of Hannover

Academic Background

PhD Opportunities

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Groningen

1 Jan 200930 Jun 2013

Award Date: 24 Jan 2014

Master of Biology, Leibniz University Hannover

1 Oct 20021 Jul 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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