Graduate students at CeNak
Currently (as of March 2021), seven graduate students are conducting work for their PhD projects on animal biodiversity at the CeNak. The PhD students form a club with regular meetings. They are associated with the MIN Graduate School and the LIB Graduate School (ZFMK Bonn).
Graduate student representatives:
I did my bachelor's and master's degree in biology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. This is where I started working on Oedipodinae grasshoppers. Due to the expertise and the number of collection objects, I moved to the Centrum für Naturkunde (CeNak) Hamburg for my PhD. Here, I have been working on the convergent evolution of the Oedipodinae of the Nearctic and Palaearctic since April 2019. Last year I was elected as one of the two PhD student representatives of the CeNak.
Since May 2019 I have been part of the invertebrate working group at the CeNak, studying the taxonomy of the group Halammohydra (Cnidaria) for my PhD. I use morphological as well as molecular methods. I did my master studies of marine biology in Rostock, but I wished to come back to Hamburg because I knew the CeNak very well from my bachelor studies in Hamburg and a few student jobs.
Academic contact person:
I am the manager of the molecular genetic lab at CeNak. My research is mostly in entomology and herpetology. In 2020, I became the contact person for graduate students at CeNak. Students receive support and advice from me on scientific, technical, and formal questions. Furthermore, I collaborate with my colleague Matthias Geiger (ZFMK, Bonn) to establish a joint graduate school.