I am currently in my Master for marine biology at the University of Rostock. As part of my master’s thesis I got the opportunity to do an internship at STRI in the O’Dea lab. I will do my master’s thesis in the Eco-Evolutionary Interactions Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen for which I will do the fieldwork in Panama. I will collect clams at both sides of the Panama Isthmus to investigate the evolution of symbiotic interactions between Microbes and Lucinid clams. The main goal will be the development of these lucinid clam shells as a marker for microbial nitrogen fixation of symbionts. For further studies I will also collect and look into existing fossil records to get a grasp of the changes before, during and after the closure of the Isthmus. I am very interested in ecological evolutionary processes and I love searching for fossils.
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