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Broadly speaking I am interested in how the oceanographic environment and changes in the abiotic conditions of this environment affect how species move and where to, whilst bearing the ecological and evolutionary consequences of movement in mind. This includes an interest in the effects of climate change on marine systems. In the past, I have been strongly interested in the physiological responses and the adaptability of corals to ocean acidification and warming. However, during my final two years as an undergraduate I increasingly became fascinated with physical oceanographic properties such as currents and how changes in these properties affect species. This led me to working with data gathered with biologgers, attached to marine mammals, which provide information about the behaviour as well as the oceanographic features encountered by these animals. For my doctoral research I am looking at changes in diving behaviour of seals in oceanographic rather than geographic space. I am interested in which oceanographic features are important for seals, how they are traced and used by seals. Particularly, I want to pay attention to regarding the environment from the perspective of the seal: the oceanographic perspective.
In September 2013, I started as a doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Dr. Lars Boehme and Prof. Mike Fedak. Since January 2014 I am the co-president of the postgraduate St Andrews Bionetwork. Earlier in 2013, I received a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Marine Biology from the University of St Andrews. For my academic achievements in the academic year 2012/13 I was awarded with the Deans’ List Award from the University of St Andrews. Later in 2013, I received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the category ‘Life Science’ for my essay titled ‘Extracting drift rates from compressed dive profiles by using a step-wise filtering method’ from the international awards programme ‘The Undergraduate Awards’. Before I fully focused my research activity on marine biology, I used to work as a student research assistant and intern in the group of Prof. Seth J Davis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany from 2007-2012.