Bacteria are the biggest players in the global biochemical pathways, yet our knowledge about the extent and complexity of interactions that take place in natural microbial communities barely scratches the surface. An understanding in what shapes microbial diversity and function is therefore crucial, given their key role in those major ecosystem functions.

In my doctoral project, I aim to employ theoretical and experimental methods involving monocultures and synthetic microbial communities to help elucidate how species interactions affect the functioning, diversity and evolution of bacterial communities.

Since Oct. 2016: PhD Candidate in the iDiv Doctoral Program (yDiv) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Research topic: “Testing Ecological Theories with Microbial Communities”
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel (Institute of Biodiversity), Prof. Dr. Stan Harpole (iDiv).

2014-2015: MRes in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation at Imperial College London
Project 1: “Variation in Behaviour and Resistance to Fungal Endoparasites between Closely Related Clones of the Anciently Asexual Rotifer Adineta vaga” (Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Wilson).
Project 2: “Effects and Interactions on Phenotypic Trajectories and Metabolic Activity of Community Bacteria” (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Timothy Barraclough).

2010-2014: BSc (Hons) in Biology at University of Hull (UK)
Dissertation: “Is Soil Mesofauna Abundance and Diversity Related to Farming Methods?”