I am a senior scientist and a chemical ecologist at PML with a passion to investigate ‘language of life’ in our oceans. Over the years I have developed an expertise in investigating chemically mediated communication between seaweeds and microbes under present and future oceans i.e. climate change stressors.
I completed my PhD in Algal Chemical Ecology at Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Germany with an international fellowship. Following the completion of my PhD and a family care break, I was awarded an international research grant from the German Research Foundation (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 short one-year research scientist position (80% FT) at GEOMAR before I joined PML.
I am an Associate Editor of 3 international journals including high ranking journals like Journal of Ecology. Additionally, I am leading the guest editing of a special topic for Frontiers in Marine Science. I am a reviewer for 14 peer-reviewed journals and sit on the grant review board of the British Ecological Society (BES) and British Phycological Society (BPS). I have been the main convenor of sessions in 4 international conferences and jointly organized the BPS 2020 meeting. I am also an active science communicator across a variety of media and have extensive experience in successful communication of scientific ideas and results to the public. https://kids.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2019.00067
I am committed to the development of the next generation of scientists, as supervisor and mentor to students and have supervised/co-supervised > 35 students to date. If you are interested to do an internship/undergraduate/Master/MRes/PhD project, feel free to contact me.
My research interests include:
- Marine infochemicals
- Fouling and anti-fouling of seaweeds and seagrasses
- Dynamics in chemically mediated interactions under fluctuations of biotic and abiotic factors
- Chemical ecology of invasive seaweeds
- Volatilomics and volatile infochemistry
- Seaweed pathogen interactions
- Macrophytes under climate change
Personal research webpage: Marine chemical ecology lab