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My CV

Academic Qualifications

2014 - 2020       

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in biology of populations, genetics, and eco-ethology

PSL Research University, Paris, France

Thesis title: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks.

PhD supervision: Prof. Serge Planes, Prof. Yannis Papastamatiou

               

2010 - 2012             

Master of Science (MSc) in Animal Biology

University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Thesis title: Has resort related large-scale mangrove habitat destruction resulted in a change in the prey community and therefore in a dietary shift of nursery bound juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris.

Supervision: Prof. Walter Salzburger, Prof. Samuel Gruber

2006 - 2009           

Bachelor of Science (Bsc) in Cell Biology

University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Thesis title: Immunocytochemical Investigation of the Renin Angiotensin System in Kidney Tissue of normotensive, treated and untreated double transgenic Rats (dTGR).

Supervision: Prof. Hans Imboden

Research Positions and Work Experiences

 

06/2020 - present          

Medical Laboratory Dr. Risch (Liechtenstein) - Research fellow & study coordinator

Coordinating and managing medical studies to investigate a) the genetic and phenotypic determinants of blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors (GAPP Study), and b) to test the utility of a fertility bracelet (AVA, Switzerland) to diagnose and monitor symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 (COVI-GAPP Study). www.blutdruck.li  www.covi-gapp.li
Supervision: Prof. Dr. med. Lorenz Risch

10/2014 - present

OCW – Science & Communication (Switzerland) - Shark Researcher & Scientific Communicator

Conducting scientific research through multiple international collaborations and raising
awareness of sharks and marine environments through outreach events (e.g., presentations,
seminars), non-peer reviewed articles, podcasts, documentaries, and vlogs.

07/2022 – 12/2023         

Soneva Fushi (Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives) - Senior Director Marine Science

Leading and coordinating all scientific research pertaining to the environmental health of marine ecosystems around  Soneva resorts, managing a team of marine biologists involved in marine research and guest services, and responsible for all R&D functions and guest activities related to marine biology in all Soneva resorts. www.soneva.com

01/2021 – 12/2022         

Sail and Explore Association (Switzerland) - Scientific expedition leader

Leading scientific expeditions for an association committed to marine science and conservation with a special focus on plastic pollution, sharks, and rays. www.sailandexplore.com

10/2020 - 01/2021         

Physioshark, CRIOBE (French Polynesia) - Postdoctoral researcher & project leader 

Assessing the effects on climate change on the physiology and ecology of reef sharks. www.physioshark.com

Supervision: Dr Jodie Rummer, Dr Serge Planes 

06/2020 - 08/2020           

Erfolgswelle AG (Switzerland) - Fundraising coordinator

Fundraising for new, innovative, and scientific film productions.

11/2016 – 04/2017           

CRIOBE (French Polynesia) - PhD Research

Coordinating and conducting fieldwork for my PhD project entitled: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks. 

Supervision: Dr Jodie Rummer, Dr Serge Planes

12/2014 - 06/2020       

SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre (D’Arros Island, Seychelles) - PhD Researcher

Coordinating and conducting fieldwork for my PhD project entitled: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks. 

Supervision: Dr Serge Planes, Dr Yannis P. Papastamatiou

12/2013 – 05/2014           

CRIOBE (Moorea, French Polynesia) - Research Assistant & Study Coordinator

Coordinating and conducting the sampling of juvenile sicklefin lemon, Negaprion acutidens, and blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus.

Supervision: Dr Serge Planes

11/2013                             

SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre (D’Arros Island, Seychelles) - Marine Ecologist & Research Assistant

Movement assessment of sub-adult and adult reef sharks

Supervision: Dr James Lea

03/2012 - 12/2012

Medical Laboratory Dr. Risch (Bern, Switzerland) - Laboratory Assistant

Analysing blood and plasma samples for medical and diagnostic tests.

Supervision: Dr. Ute Weidemann, Prof. Dr. med. Lorenz Risch 

01/2012 – 02/2012           

Lemon Shark Aggregation Study (Florida, USA) - Marine Ecologist & Research assistant

Tagging and tissue sampling of adult sharks, deployment of acoustic receiver, and fishing. 

Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Steven Kessel

01/2011 – 08/2011           

Bimini Biological Field Station (Bimini, Bahamas) - MSc Researcher

Dietary investigation in juvenile lemon sharks. Supervision: Dr Kristine Stump, Dr Samuel Gruber

06/2010 – 12/2010           

Pathology Länggasse (Bern, Switzerland) - Laboratory assistant

Preparation and dispatch of medical diagnostic results. 

Supervision: Dr Hans Jörg Altermatt

10/2009 – 12/2009           

Bimini Biological Field Station (Bimini, Bahamas) - Research intern

Assistance in fieldwork related work.

Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Kristine Stump

01/2010 – 04/2010

08/2009 – 10/2009           

Gymnasium Bern Kirchenfeld (Switzerland) - High school teacher

Teaching classes and practical courses in zoology, ecology, cell biology, immunology, and genetics. 

Supervision: Dr Heinz Stöckli & Franz-Xaver Troxler

06/2005 - 06/2013             

Café Aarbergerhof (Switzerland) - Bartender and waitress

Long-term employment as a bartender and waitress

Grants, Awards and Sponsorships

Research grants

12/2022

Fürst Franz Josef von Liechtenstein Stiftung for research entitled: “The influence of environmental factors on cardiovascular parameters in the general population» with K. Grossmann & L. Risch ($32,000)


12/2022

Swiss Heart Foundation Research Grant for research entitled “The influence of foehn winds on cardiovascular parameters in the general population» with K. Grossmann & L. Risch ($50,000)


08/2016

Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Keystone Grant for PhD research ($7,750)


12/2014

Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Keystone Grant for PhD research ($13,880)
 

05/2014

Basler Stiftung für biologische Forschung Grant for PhD research ($4,000)
 

03/2014

Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Keystone Grant for PhD research ($35,000)
 

02/2011

Swiss Shark Foundation Research Grant for Master research ($4,000)

Travel awards
05/2019

Flying Sharks Travel Award for American Elasmobranch Society (AES), USA (220 €)
 

03/2018

CRIOBE Travel Award for Rencontres de l’Ichtyologie en France, France (530 €)
 

07/2017

Women in Marine Science Award for Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, French Polynesia (550 €)
 

06/2017

Flying Sharks Travel Award for Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, French Polynesia (550 €)
 

06/2017

EPHE Travel Award Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, French Polynesia (550 €)
 

06/2017

CRIOBE Travel Award Indo-Pacific Fish Conference French Polynesia (1000 €)
 

06/2016

AES Student Travel Award American Elasmobranch Society, USA ($500)
 

04/2016

CNRS/CRIOBE Travel Award International Coral Reef Symposium, USA (804 €)
 

03/2015

EPHE Travel Award American Elasmobranch Society, USA (300 €)
 

02/2015

EPHE Travel Award International Coral Reef Symposium, USA (800 €)
 

03/2014

Save Our Seas Foundation Travel Award Sharks International meeting, South Africa ($1,000)
 

07/2013

AES Student Travel Award American Elasmobranch Society, USA ($800)
 

08/2012

Reisefonds für den akademischen Nachwuchs der Universität Basel American Elasmobranch Society, Canada

($2,000)
 

10/2012

Taiwan Youth Trekker Award Surveying the Taiwanese fishery landing sites, Taiwan ($2,500)
 

Sponsorship
05/2016

Mares and Fourth Element Dive and snorkeling equipment for features in the media

 

For a more detailed CV, please send me an email.

Photo © Rainer von Brandis | SOSF

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