Coastal Ecology Workshop 2015

Last week we had the Coastal Ecology Workshop (CEW) in Westerhever, Germany. As always it was a great mixture of interesting talks, a nice, although rather foggy, excursion and lots of informal evening fun.

The participants of the Coastal Ecology Workshop 2015

The participants of the Coastal Ecology Workshop 2015

This year we had 43 participants from the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Germany, with most of the people coming from Germany. This could of course be due to the proximity of the venue and many participants from Hamburg, but was likely also due to the new project BEFmate, a collaboration of the Universities of Oldenburg and Göttingen. The presentations about the project were very interesting and gave a good overview about the experiment in which biodiversity effects on the marsh of Spiekeroog are investigated and compared to artificial islands installed in the Wadden Sea. Continue reading

New job = old job

Since March 2014 I worked at the Applied plant ecology group of Prof. Kai Jensen at the University of Hamburg. The position was funded via the INTERFACE project, for which we applied in 2013. Since my colleague Antonia Wanner left our group in the beginning of 2014 I took over managing the project together with my colleague Andreas Dänhardt of the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science.

Now I got the opportunity to get a university position here within group. This means that I will be able to keep supervising the two PhD-students in the INTERFACE project, but I will also be able to start new projects and establish my own lab. I am really grateful for this opportunity! Already another PhD-student joined the team: Dennis Schulze just started a project investigating the effect of grazing on sediment deposition and accretion in salt marshes. However, next to more opportunities for research, the new position also brings some more teaching with it. But, I am looking forward to this too, as it will enable me to broaden my experience … and to find good students for projects.

So, thanks to everybody who supported me this far! Here’s to three more years in Hamburg!

The colleagues from the Applied plant ecology group and me at the Coastal Ecology Workshop 2014.

The colleagues from the Applied plant ecology group and me at the Coastal Ecology Workshop 2014.