My primary research interest is the ecology, evolution and host-parasite co-evolution of aquatic (limnic, marine) and terrestrial protozoan/metazoan parasites and pathogens (e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungi). I am particularly interested in how changes in environmental conditions influence dispersal and migration of parasites/pathogens and their intermediate hosts/vectors. My work integrates a variety of disciplines, such as phylogenetics, systematics, ecology, ichthyology, zoogeography, oceanography, genomics and population genetics. In our lab we combine traditional morphological with up to date molecular techniques.
Various research projects for MSc and BSc students as well as for short internships are available all year round. They range from field studies, lab experiments/analyses to literature-based meta-analytical approaches. Please contact me for more details.
Since 2010 Professor at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) and the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
2004 – 2010 Research Group Leader “Aquatic and Terrestrial Parasitology”
2008 Habilitation in Zoology (Associate Professor), funded by the DFG, DAAD, EU
2004 Research Associate, Institute of Zoomorphology, Cell Biology and Parasitology, Heinrich-Heine University
2003 PhD in Life Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.)
2001 – 2003 Research Associate, Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IfM-Geomar)
2000 – 2002 Young Research Group Leader “Marine Pathology”
2000 Diploma in Biology (Dipl. Biol.)
1999 Research Associate, Federal Research Centre for Fisheries
1995 – 2000 Studies of Biology at the University of Kiel (field of studies: parasitology, zoology, marine and fishery biology, oceanography, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology)
2008 – dato Editor in Chief – Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
2008 – dato Subject Editor – Parasitology Research
2009 – dato Wissenschaftlicher Beirat – Bulletin of Fish Biology