I am a chemical ecologist and my passion is to investigate ‘language of life’ in our oceans. Over the years I have developed an expertise in investigating chemically mediated interactions between seaweeds and microbes under present and future oceans i.e. climate change stressors.
I am currently a Research Fellow at PML and affiliated to the University of Essex as Honorary Lecturer and Visiting Fellow.
I completed my PhD in Algal Chemical Ecology at Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR) with an international fellowship. Following the completion of my PhD and a family care break, I was awarded an international research grant from the DFG excellence cluster ‘Future Ocean’ to work on chemical ecology of invasive seaweeds at GEOMAR. During that time, I was awarded an international research fellowship to pursue my next research project on volatile info-chemistry of seaweeds at University of Essex, United Kingdom. This was followed by a one year research scientist position at GEOMAR.
My research interests include:
- Fouling and anti-fouling
- Dynamics in chemically mediated interactions under fluctuations of biotic and abiotic factors
- Chemical ecology of invasive seaweeds
- Marine trace gases: chemical ecology and atmospheric chemistry
- Seaweed pathogen interactions
- Macrophytes under climate change