Now Postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) working at extending our understanding of the roles of Photosynthesizers in the global Earth system.
Within the Climate Geology group at the Geological Institute, I am in charge of the Coccolithophore Culture Laboratory and I am investigating the imprint of carbon concentrating mechanisms in coccolithophore organic and inorganic geochemistry.
Before working at Climate Geology, I studied (BSc) Marine Biology & Biochemistry and (MSc) Geological Oceanography in Canada. Lately I also completed a doctoral thesis in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at the ETH looking at the biochemical and metabolic effects on hydrogen isotope composition of organic compounds in plants.
Following that extraordinary experience with the Plant Physiological Ecology group, I visited laboratories at the University of Oxford (UK) and the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer, France) over the last months to explore how vital effects on stable-isotope composition of organic molecules could be exploited in novel ways to track important marine biogeochemical processes.
In general, I am fascinated by the interactions and feedbacks between the biosphere, including humankind (e.g. immense aspects of plastic & fossil fuel pollution), and the geosphere at different spatial and temporal scales in marine and terrestrial environments. The development of new tools such as those involving stable isotope measurements to investigate biogeochemical processes is fundamental to my research. As such, I am also collaborating on projects at (A) the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ-Potsdam) investigating the changes in aridity and precipitation patterns at the end of the last ice age (15.000 – 10.000 years ago) across the European continent using a novel dual biomarker approach involving hydrogen isotopes and (B) the International Marine Litter Research Unit at University of Plymouth investigating the real risks of plastic pollution.
2018 - 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam within the Organic Surface Geochemistry laboratory
2013 - 2017: PhD student, Research assistant at ETH Zürich (Environmental Sciences) within the Plant Physiological Ecology group