Fieldwork

While at times difficult and frustrating,
there really is nothing as exciting or rewarding as fieldwork!

Sulphur springs in Mexico
  • April 2018 (3 weeks)
  • April 2017 (3 weeks)
  • April 2016 (3 weeks)
Multiple fieldwork trips with Prof. Dr. Jens Krause and Dr. David Bierbach
  • Julian Petrasch

    analysis of fright waves shown by the local population of Poecilia sulphuraria and Gambusia eurystoma

  • surveyed 5 km of the sulphur spring habitat for fish abundance, water chemistry, habitat structure and diving behavior

  • collected data on bird predation

  • social network analysis of sulfur cave–dwelling molly Poecilia mexicana

  • investigated the influence of food and predation cues on the social network behavior

  • collected data on eye degeneration

Thermally-altered freshwater systems in Europe
  • May 2018
  • May 2017
  • March - September 2016 (4 trips)
Multiple fieldwork trips with Dr. David Bierbach & Dr. Gregor Kalinkat
  • sampled abundance of fish and macroinvertebrates

  • deployed water chemistry data loggers

  • collected catch and release data (Visible Implant Elastomer tagging)

  • sampled abundance of fish and macroinvertebrates

  • deployed water chemistry data loggers

Aquaculture in Norway
  • 2012 (Erasmus, 6 months)
  • 2014 (thesis work, 6 months)
Research visit at the Marine Developmental Biology working group of Prof. Dr. Sigur Stefansson
  • implementing/monitoring of feeding regimes

  • sampling of different developmental stages of Gadus morhualarvae

Tagliamento, Italy
  • 2013 (2 weeks)
Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dr. Jana Petermann
  • surveyed 2 km of stream habitat

  • sampled abundance of fish and macroinvertebrates

  • collected data on water chemistry, succession and temporal stability

  • assessed aquatic-terrestrial interactions

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 2010 (6 months)
Animal care trainieeship at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR)
  • Brent Kort

    recorded shark activity across 37 swimming beaches

  • helped maintain local breeding program of African penguins Spheniscus demersus at UShaka Marine World

  • collected data on sardine and marine mammal activity for the Sardine Run survey 2010

  • conducted quarterly surveys on local shellfish collection

  • assisted in providing medical treatment to stranded marine mammals

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • 2009 (5 months)
SSI Dive Control Specialist work experience program
  • monitored reef health (100m transects) and collected data on fish abundance for Reef Check Australia

  • provided guided dives and assisted with the training of 50+ SSI Open Water divers

  • responsible for weekly boat maintenance and safety drills