Academic CV


10/2020 – NOW
PhD Zoology – University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Topic: Adaptions to visually noise environments in cuttlefish

09/2017 – 12/2019
M.Sc. Marine Biology – University of Algarve, Faro (Portugal)
Thesis title: Habitat preference and behavioural ecology of bobtail squids (Sepiolidae)

10/2013 – 07/2017
B.Sc. Biology – Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (Germany)
Thesis title: The influence of terminal end structures on settlement behaviour and attachment strength in the barnacle Balanus improvisus.

Internships & Fieldwork

09/2019 – 09/2019 | FULL-TIME
Ecology of Vision Lab (University of Bristol), Bristol (UK) + Gavarnie (France)
Fieldwork assistant on the impact of light pollution on migrating moths in the French Pyrenees.

09/2019 – 09/2019 | FULL-TIME

Marine Biological Association, Plymouth (UK)
Research project on the processing of polarization and intensity information in the visual system of the European cuttlefish Sepia officinalis.

04/2019 – 05/2019 | FULL-TIME
HYDRA Institute Field Station, Elba (Italy)
Lab and field work within the scope of my M.Sc. thesis on the habitat preference of bobtail squids.

02/2019 – 04/2019 | FULL-TIME
OIST Marine Science Station, Okinawa (Japan)
Lab and field work within the scope of my M.Sc. thesis on the behavioural ecology and habitat preference of bobtail squids.

10/2018 – 12/2018 | FULL-TIME
Ecology of Vision Lab (University of Bristol), Bristol (United Kingdom)
Research project on the intricacies of polarization vision in several crustaceans

09/2018 – 09/2018 | FULL-TIME
OIST Marine Science Station, Okinawa (Japan)
Lab study on the mating and egg laying behaviour of the oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana

07/2018 – 09/2018 | FULL-TIME
Ikeda Lab (University of the Ryukyus), Okinawa (Japan)
Field study on the spawning sites of Okinawa’s local population of the oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana

09/2017 – 05/2018 | FULL-TIME

Ramalhete Marine Station (CCMAR), Faro (Portugal)
Research project on the rearing sound environment of different marine species kept for aquaculture purposes.

06/2017 – 07/2017 | FULL-TIME
Hydrobiological Station Umberto D’Ancona, Chioggia (Italy)
Research study on the cognitive mechanisms govering female choice for multiple mail traits in the peacock blenny Salaria pavo.

11/2015 – 02/2016 | FULL-TIME
Marine Conservation Cambodia, Koh Seh (Cambodia)
Conservation project on seahorse populations (survey dives and data analysing) as well as outreach to local fishermen about non-destructive fishing methods and conservation work.

10/2015 – 11/2015 | FULL-TIME

COREsea, Koh Phangan (Thailand)
Internship in a marine station, assisting master students with their field work (mainly survey dives and data analysis).

05/2015 – 07/2015 | PART-TIME
Zoological Museum of Kiel University, Kiel (Germany)
Anatomical study on Brachyura (Decapoda, Crustacea) as well as survey dives for a new exhibition.

08/2011 – 09/2011 | FULL-TIME
Privatbrauerei Rolinck GmbH & Co. KG, Steinfurt (Germany)
Assistant in a brewery’s laboratory, working on quality control procedures.

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Work experience

12/2019 – 08/2020| FULL-TIME
Biocenter – Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg (Germany)
Research assistant in the Department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology, working on the spatial information processing and visual flower inspection behaviour of the diurnal hummingbird hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum and the nocturnal elephant hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor

02/2017 – 04/2017 | PART-TIME
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Oceanic Research, Kiel (Germany)
Research assistant in the Department of Chemical Oceanography, analysing trace gas concentrations in sea water samples by means of gas chromatography coupled to a flame photometric detection (GC-FPD).

06/2016 – 01/2017 | PART-TIME
AGROLAB Group, Kiel (Germany)
Laboratory assistant, working on environmental analyses of fresh water samples.

04/2016 – 07/2016 | PART-TIME
Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (Germany)
Research assistant in the Department of Human Biology, supporting experiments of first-year students within the field of human biology.

Funding, Grants & Scholarships

  • The Malacological Society of London Early Career Research Grant (04/2021 – 07/2021)
  • University of Cambridge School of the Biological Sciences Fieldwork Grant (04/2021 – 07/2021)
  • Cambridge Climate Life and Earth (C-CLEAR) NERC DTP Studentship (10/2020 – 03/2024)
  • Cambridge Trust European Scholarship (10/2020 – 09/2023)
  • Merit Scholarship of the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education (09/2018 – 09/2019)
  • Erasmus Traineeship Grant (04/2019 – 06/2019)
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Internship Grant (02/2019 – 04/2019)
  • National Geographic’s S.E.E. Initiative Grant for an OpenROV Trident (12/2018)
  • Erasmus Traineeship Grant (10/2018 – 12/2018)
  • Erasmus Traineeship Grant (06/2017 – 07/2017)
  • Promos Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (11/2015 – 02/2016)



Dive Certifications

Native speaker

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
02/2019 | Faro (Portugal)

Fluent (C2)

PADI Divemaster
01/2016 | Koh Seh (Cambodia)

Intermediate (B2)

PADI Rescue Diver
11/2015 | Koh Phangan (Thailand)

Basic (A2)

Tropical Conservation Diver
10/2015 | Koh Phangan (Thailand)



PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
10/2015 | Koh Phangan (Thailand)



PADI Open Water Diver
03/2014 | Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Professional memberships

Marine Biological Association (United Kingdom)
The Malacological Society of London (United Kingdom)