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Biography

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. 

Career

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

I am currently advertising PhD studentships as main supervisor and co-supervisor:

1) Can we restore Blue Carbon? - Assessing Carbon dynamics in restored UK salt marshes through molecular tools

https://www.aries-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/can-we-restore-blue-carbon-assessing-carbon-dynamics-in-restored-uk-salt-marshes-through-molecular-tools/

2) Give salt to the earth: Using economics and natural sciences to support salt marsh conservation

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/give-salt-to-the-earth-using-economics-and-natural-sciences-to-support-saltmarsh-conservation-brunnschweiler-eco22cdcc/?p137038

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However, feel free to email me to discuss alternative projects in coastal ecology and sources of funding.

Click here for other PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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

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