I am from Germany and I studied Geosciences (BSc.) and Marine Geosciences (MSc.) at the University of Kiel with a strong focus on paleoceanography, biogeochemistry and climate changes. During this time I worked as a research assistant at GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Science where I also wrote both of my theses within the Paleoceanography research group.
Within the frame of my Master’s thesis I investigated the influence of ocean acidification on the element incorporation into the skeleton of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa measuring samples from seven different Norwegian reefs.
After I have been working at the University of Bergen as a research assistant since November 2015, I am now enthusiastic about my own PhD project within the Ice2Ice project in collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, the Geophysical Institute, Bergen and the Bjerknes Center. In August my PhD started with a research cruise from Reykjavik to SE Greenland where I got the chance to be part of collecting the sediment cores for my project. During the next three years I will try to find out more about changes in water mass properties which have a huge impact on the strength of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation during abrupt climate changes, known as Dansgaard-Oeschger events. Hereby I will focus on the mid-to late Marine Isotope Stage 3 using foraminifer assemblages, sortable silt, ice rafted debris and tephrachronology to constrain an independent age model for the developed high-resolution record.