Room: Nautilus 327
Phone: 01248 388232
I am a postgraduate student originally from Germany and graduated with a B.Sc. in Marine Vertebrate Zoology from Bangor University in 2018. My dissertation project explored whether Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) influence the recovery and distribution of the keystone herbviore Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin) on Caribbean coral reefs and potential implications for reef resiliency. I have since moved onto an MScRes in Ocean Science within the School of Ocean Science at Bangor University. My research project is focussed on evaluating the ecological roles of territorial damselfishes (Pomacentridae) on caribbean coral reefs, specifically the reefs of the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory. I will utilize photogrammetric 3D-modelling technology in order to identify structural & biotic microhabitat characteristics of different species and identify potential species habitat shifts in response to the loss of structural complexity of coral reefs in the last decades.
My research interests lay mostly within the field of coral reef ecology and conservation with specific focus on identifying changes in populations and species distributions in response to anthropogenic and natural stressors. I aim to expand on this work in the future and work with organisations and governments in order to implement new protection and management policies for these important ecosystems.