Every two weeks, a new guest takes a seat across from Jan-Claas Dajka and talks to him about current research projects, curious anecdotes as well as paths, detours and companions in the (not only) scientific career. Jan is interdisciplinary postdoc in marine ecology and marine governance at HIFMB. Chatting with ecologists, geographers, bioacousticians, mathematicians and many more, he shows the interesting and diverse personalities behind the transdisciplinary research at HIFMB. The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) is a research institute located in Oldenburg. It researches marine biodiversity and its importance for the function of marine ecosystems. In doing so, it develops the scientific basis for marine nature conservation and ecosystem management.
In this episode, Soli Levi tells us about a very new and unexplored study field: emotions in marine governance. Soli is developing a theoretical framework to bring emotion into management decisions and talks about her plan with case studies in Ireland. We also talk about Soli’s multifaceted past as a turtle conservationist and working with NGOs in Greece, remote work as a business development coordinator and so much more.
Solomon Sebuliba considers himself a conservation biologist turned political ecologist who, in his PhD at HIFMB, looks at biodiversity as a concept. Specifically, he considers the inherent power that terms like “biodiversity” or “biological diversity” have. Through this, he came up with his own concept, the “Bio Ocean”. We also talk about Solomon’s deep and varied CV, working on the ICUN Red List, moving with his family from Uganda to Germany and much more. A must-listen!
Master’s student and our very own podcast editor Nina Tombers chats about her experience of the Master’s career stage. We chat about her Thesis work on population genetics at the Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen and her student assistant job here at HIFMB. She gives us a look into the behind the scenes of podcasting, Switzerland, tropical population genetics, her training to become a nature guide in South Africa and how she plans the future.
In this Episode, Sharlene Fechter talks about being a Master’s student at HIFMB. She covers her thesis work on stakeholders of the Weddel Sea in Antarctica and how she built a diverse skillset to jumpstart an interdisciplinary career in science. We also talk about how becoming a young mother early in her career motivated her even further and how she is currently searching for a PhD-position in Australia.
First up: Apologies for the month of radio-silence. After the first in-person conference in two years, holidays and some production issues, we're back with a banger of an episode! HIFMB-Postdoc Irene Roca talks about her career as an ecoacoustician and introduces us to the fascinating world of soundscape ecology. And yes, this includes audio snippets of orca, humpback whales, fish and four seal species. Don't miss this one, as Irene talks about her recent trip to Antarctica and the intricacies of behavioural science through sound. Intro and outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from quicksounds.com and pixabay.com.
In this one, we have interdisciplinary PhD student Amelie Luhede. She splits her PhD between the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, University of Bielefeld and HIFMB to combine aspects of economics and environmental management. Through her quite young career, Amelie has switched fields often and has thus learned to appreciate switching perspectives in environmental planning. In her recent project, she is taking on the perspective of the decision makers and applies the economic concept “Value of Information” to find out how much it’s worth to gain information in a management decision. She applies this concept to a variety of systems in Northern Germany and (surely soon) beyond.
Today on the HIFMB Podcast, we have postdoctoral researcher Ravi Ranjan – a community ecologist working on complex models that explore the generation and maintenance of diversity. Ravi has a strong maths-background and applies it here to multi-species competition in phytoplankton communities. We talk about the history of species competition models, his move from India to Michigan, PhD programme differences between the USA and Europe, his work on snow leopards and much more. Intro and outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from quicksounds.com and pixabay.com.
In this episode, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews Prof Kimberley Peters, Professor for Marine Governance at HIFMB. She gives us insights into her vision for her newly formed Marine Governance group at the institute and dives (pun intended) into her most recent book publication, the Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space. Through that, she discusses the value of publishing books vs. papers. She also opens up about the role of failure and fortune in an academic career and enriches the conversation with personal anecdotes from her life. A true storyteller at work! Intro and outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from quicksounds.com and pixabay.com.
In our second episode, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews biological oceanographer Alica Ohnesorge. Alica is a PhD-student in her final year and works on eDNA, a powerful method that collects DNA from seawater samples rather than from organisms themselves. With this method, Alica is able to tell which organism has been present in the water column at a given time. She discusses the undeniable pros of the method but also how it is sometimes overestimated. In her relatively short academic career, Alica has worked in a broad background and she affirms how a good dose of bravery can lead to working in diverse places including Barbados, Australia, Seychelles, China and Denmark. Intro and outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from quicksounds.com and pixabay.com.
In our first episode of the HIFMB-Podcast, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews ecologist Josie Antonucci Di Carvalho. Josie works on the harmonisation of how phytoplankton is sampled in the German and Dutch Wadden Sea and we discuss her recent work in this EU-funded subsidy programme called “INTERREG”. Josie also has an exciting career path that led her out of and back into academia as she has a tonne of experience in working with wildlife stations in Brazil, her homeland, and Germany, where she lives now. Intro and Outro supported by the wonderful voice of Dr. Kimberley Peters and sound effects from quicksounds.com and pixabay.com.