Fieldwork

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

Extreme aquatic environmentS IN MEXICO
Tabasco region
  • 1-month fieldwork trips in 2016, 2017 and 2018
Sulphide springs of the BAÑos del Azufre system
    • surveyed 5 km of the sulphur spring watershed for fish abundance, water chemistry, habitat structure and diving behaviour
    • analysis of collective escape waves shown by the local fish population (Poecilia sulphuraria and Gambusia eurystoma)
    • collected data on activity patterns and success rates of avian predators preying on fish
Caves with Active Sulphidic springs
    • comparative studies of sociality of cave– and surface-dwelling ecotypes of Poecilia mexicana
    • investigated behavioural adaptations of cavefish in response to prey and predation cues 
    • collected data on the onset of eye degeneration and implications for social behaviour
Thermally-altered freshwater systems in Europe
GILLBACH (GERMANY) & KONIN LAKES (POLAND): 
  • multiple fieldwork trips between 2016 and 2018
    • monitoring of temperature and basic water chemistry profiles of thermally-altered freshwater sites with data loggers
    • sampled abundance, species richness and distribution of fish and macroinvertebrate community along a thermal gradient
      • seine fishing
      • dip netting
      • crayfish traps
      • catch-and-release (Visible Implant Elastomer tagging)
    • evaluation of parasite load and body size condition of native and non-native fish

Bat Hibernation caves
Limestone cave in Bad Segeberg
  • 1-week fieldwork trip in 2018
    • monitoring of spatio-temporal variation of bat activity preceding hibernation (August-November)
      • infrared camera
      • acoustic monitoring with bat detectors
      • automated counts via light barrier at the hibernation roost 
    • acoustic surveys of vocalisation (social calls) during autumn swarming 
AQUACULTURE IN NORWAY​
RESEARCH VISIT AT THE MARINE DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY WORKING GROUP OF PROF. DR. SIGUR STEFANSSON​
  • 2012 (Erasmus, 6 months)
  • 2014 (thesis work, 6 months)
Marine Harvest Norway AS
(Bergen, Hordaland)
    • visit of several on- and off-shore aquaculture facilities
    • implementing and monitoring of feeding regimes during production of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)
      • sampling of different larval developmental stages of
      • determination of feeding efficiency and growth rates

TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY​
Field Research Station Tagliamento (FIRST)
  • 2-week fieldwork trip in 2013
    • surveyed and characterised transects along 2 km of stream habitat of the Tagliamento river
      • physical and chemical water parameters
      • characterisation of riparian community (measurements of biodiversity)
      • aquatic-terrestrial interactions 
    • spatio-temporal stability and dynamic changes of macroinvertebrate communities in response to flow regime
    • assessment of insect activity density using pitfall traps during the day and light traps at night
    • observations of competitive interaction between the invasive plant Solidago canadensis and native fauna
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Animal care trainieeship at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR)
  • 2010 (6-month internship)
Sardine Run Survey
    • recorded shark and marine mammal activity across 37 swimming beaches
    • assessed abundance and distribution of avian predators
    • collection of data on small-scale, seasonal beach seine fishery
Penguin rookery & Quarantine at UShaka Marine World
    • helped maintain local breeding program of African jackass penguins Spheniscus demersus
    • assisted in providing medical treatment to stranded marine mammals

GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA​
SSI Dive Control Specialist work experience program
  • 2009 (100+logged dives in 5 months)
Cairns dive center
    • provided guided dives and assisted with the training of 50+ SSI Open Water divers
    • taught several workshops on marine diversity (i.e fish and coral identification)
    • responsible for weekly boat maintenance and safety drills
Reef Check Australia
    • monitored reef health (100m transects)
    • collected data on fish abundance and species richness