ArcticNet cruise 2013, CCGS Amundsen

At work on the CCGS Amundsen in Baffin Bay 2013

I am a PhD candidate in oceanography under supervision of Prof. Louis Fortier and Prof. Marcel Babin in the Takuvik Joint International Laboratory (CERC in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier) at Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

For my PhD I work on the spatiotemporal variability of mesozooplankton and their coupling with primary production. To reach my study goals I am utilizing a new optical underwater imaging system (Lightframe Onsight Keyspecies Investigation, LOKI) and machine learning algorithms. I developed an automatic species recognition model down to the developmental stage of species which can reliably turn images into taxonomic information. Furthermore I work on how lipid content of copepods is linked to migration behaviour.

For my final M.Sc. thesis project I worked on spatial predictive modeling of pan-Arctic zooplankton. I used present time and future environmental data to predict zooplankton parameters like depth distribution and presence/absence into the future (max. year 2100). Future data was taken from the Canadian Earth System Model 2 (CanESM2), 5th generation IPCC data.

Other research interests are described briefly on the research page or are documented in my CV.


    Education & Training

    • Ph.D. Candidate 2016 - Anticipated

      Ph.D. Candidate in Oceanography

      Université Laval, Canada

    • M.Sc. and M.I.N.C. 2012

      Master of International Nature Conservation (M.I.N.C.)

      University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA; University of Lincoln, New Zealand; University of Göttingen, Germany

    • B.Sc. 2010

      Bachelor of Biology

      University of Göttingen, Germany

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    Select Awards, Scholarships & Grants

    • Nov 2016
      John W. Davies Memorial Award from the SNAMES (Arctic Section)
      Received this award from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Arctic Section (SNAME AS) for studies on underwater imaging of plankton in the Arctic and the development of a machine learning model which automatically identifies species on images.
    • JUN 2016
      Award for excellence in doctoral studies (Fonds Richard-Bernard)
      Received the Bourse Richard-Bernard by Université Laval, marking excellence in doctoral studies in the biology department. http://www2.ulaval.ca/fondation/faire-un-don/fonds.html?fonds=142
    • NOV 2014
      Best oral presentation award
      Received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the Québec-Océan conference 2014 for my presentation: “Automated zooplankton identification for the North Water Polynya and adjacent waters”.
      Download the presentation, slides in french:
    • JAN 2013
      Outstanding Poster Presentation Award
      Outstanding Poster Presentation Award at the 2013 Arctic Frontiers Conference, Tromso, Norway. Title: “Assessing spatiotemporal variability in the mesozooplankton using a newly developed plankton imaging system”
    • SEP 2012
      Award to participate in the AWI summer school: Climate Change in the Marine Realm
      This international climate school was organized by the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany and touched various aspects of climate change in the marine realm such as the physical basis, mitigation efforts, case studies on coastal erosion and more. Award approx. 1.500€.
    • 2012 - 2015
      Takuvik Doctoral Scholarship
      Takuvik scholarship from the CERC in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier, 10,000$/year.
    • 2012 - 2014
      Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership and Sustainable Development - Scientific Leadership
      Universite Laval awarded me this scholarship of 10,000$ per year for excellence in scientific leadership. The scholarship was sponsored by the ``Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l’Université Laval``. The initial funding period of 2012-2013 was renewed for the period of 2013-2014.
    • APR 2012 - OCT 2011
      Otto Bayer Fellowship to study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
      Reception of a Otto Bayer Fellowship from the Bayer Foundation for studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on future predictions of zooplankton, 7.000 €
    • FEB 2011
      ISAP fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study in New Zealand
      ISAP (``Internationale Studien- und Ausbildungspartnerschaften``) fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study for my M.Sc. in New Zealand. ISAP translates to International Study and Training Partnerships, 5.500€.