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

Opportunity for a PhD-studentship to study the effect of microplastic on ecosystem services in salt marshes in collaboration with Cefas. 

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