My CV

Academic Qualifications

2014 - 2020       

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), PSL Research University, Paris, France

Thesis title: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks. Supervision: Dr Serge Planes, Dr Yannis Papastamatiou

               

2010 - 2012             

Master of Science in Animal Biology, University of 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: Dr Walter Salzburger, Dr Samuel Gruber

2006 - 2009           

Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology, University of Bern, Switzerland

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

Supervision: Dr Hans Imboden

Research Positions and Work Experiences


01/2021 – present         

Scientific expedition leader: Sail and Explore Association, Bern, Switzerland - freelance

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

06/2020 - present          

Research fellow & study coordinator, Dr Risch, Principality of Liechtenstein - part time    

Testing the utility of a fertility bracelet to diagnose and monitor symptoms potentially related to COVID-19. Supervision: Prof Dr med Lorenz Risch, Kirsten Grossmann www.risch.ch  www.covi-gapp.li

10/2014 - present

Researcher, scientific communicator, mentor & coach - freelance

Raising awareness of sharks through public presentations, media engagements and as a mentor and coach.

10-2020 - 01/2021         

Postdoctoral researcher & project leader: Physioshark, CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia                         

Assessing the effects on climate change on the physiology and ecology of reef sharks. Supervision: Dr Jodie Rummer, Dr Serge Planes wwww.physioshark.com

06/2020 - 08/2020           

Fundraising coordinator, Erfolgswelle AG, Switzerland - part time

Fundraising for new, innovative, and scientific film productions.

12/2014 - 06/2020       

PhD Research: SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre, D’Arros Island, Seychelles

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

11/2016 – 04/2017           

PhD Research: CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia

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

                                    

12/2013 – 05/2014           

Research assistance, CRIOBE,  Moorea, French Polynesia 

Coordinating and conducting the sampling of juvenile sicklefin lemon, Negaprion acutidens, and blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus. Supervision: Dr Serge Planes

11/2013                             

Research assistance: SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre, D’Arros Island, Seychelles

Movement assessment of sub-adult and adult reef sharks Supervision: Dr James Lea

01/2012 – 02/2012           

Research internship: Lemon Shark Aggregation Study, Florida, USA

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

Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Steven Kessel

01/2011 – 08/2011           

M.Sc. Research: Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas

Dietary investigation in juvenile lemon sharksSupervision: Dr Kristine Stump, Dr Samuel Gruber

10/2009 – 12/2009           

Research internship: Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas

Assistance in fieldwork related work. Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Kristine Stump

03/2012 – 12/2012           

Research assistance: Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr Risch, Bern, Switzerland

Analysing blood and plasma samples for medical and diagnostic tests.Supervision: Dr Ute Weidemann,

Prof Dr med Lorenz Risch

06/2010 – 12/2010           

Medical secretary and assistance: Pathology Länggasse, Bern, Switzerland

Preparation and dispatch of medical diagnostic results. Supervision: Dr Hans Jörg Altermatt

08/2009 – 10/2009           

High school teacher: Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern, Switzerland

Teaching classes and practical courses in zoology, ecology, cell biology, immunology, and genetics. Supervision: Dr Heinz Stöckli

01/2010 – 04/2010       

High school teacher: Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern, Switzerland

Teaching classes and practical courses in zoology, ecology, cell biology, immunology, and genetics. Supervision: Franz-Xaver Troxler

06/2005 - 06/2013             

Bartender and waitress: Café Aarbergerhof, Bern, Switzerland

Long-term employment as waitress and bartender 

Grants, Awards and Sponsorships

 

05/2019                             

Travel Award: Flying Sharks

Participation in the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting, Snowbird, Utah, USA: 220 €

03/2018                           

Travel Award: CRIOBE

Participation in 7th Rencontres de l’Ichtyologie en France (RIF), Paris, France: 530 €

07/2017                             

Travel Award: Women in Marine Science

10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 550 €

06/2017                            

Travel Award Flying Sharks

10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 550 €

06/2017                             

Travel Award: CRIOBE

10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 1000 €

08/2016                           

Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Continuous Grant 

PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $7,750

06/2016                             

AES Student Travel Award

American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: $500

05/2016                             

Mares and Fourth Element

Dive Equipment sponsorship for several features in the media

04/2016                             

Travel Award from CNRS/CRIOBE

13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Hawai’i, USA: 804 €

03/2015                            

Travel Award from the École Doctoral of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

32nd meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, New Orleans, USA: 300 €

02/2015                             

Travel Award from the Ecole Doctoral of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawai’i, USA: 800 €

12/2014                              

Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Continuous Grant 

PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $13,880

05/2014                             

Basler Stiftung für biologische Forschung Grant

PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $4,000

03/2014                             

Save Our Seas Foundation Travel Award

Sharks International meeting in Durban, South Africa: $1,000

03/2014                              

Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Grant

PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $35,000

07/2013                              

AES Student Travel Award 

American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting, Albuquerque, NM, USA: $800

10/2012                              

Taiwan Youth Trekker Award

Financial support to explore the Taiwanese fisheries and shark landings: $2,500

08/2012                           

Reisefonds für den akademischen Nachwuchs der Universität Basel, Switzerland.       

American Elasmobranch meeting, Vancouver, Canada: $2,000

02/2011                              

Swiss Shark Foundation Research Grant 

Master project at the Bimini Biological Field Station: $4,000

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

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