Assessing the impact of pollution on the worlds mangrove forests
I have a background in Intercultural Communication and Management as well as in International Development with the focus on climate policies and sustainable resource use. Currently, I am studying Social Ecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. I have been engaged with social-ecological methods such as material and energy flow analysis, as well as topics on social metabolism, social-ecological transformation, and colonization on ecosystems.
During my first Masters program I have developed a strong interest in sustainable resource use especially regarding marine resources and coastal ecosystems which is why I have been working on topics like the Blue Economy and Deep Sea Mining. With my second Master, I was able to further advance my knowledge of the ecology of marine ecosystems and oceanography.
During my internship at GRID-Arendal, I am working as a communications officer for the GEF Blue Forests Project to promote better coastal ecosystem management by harnessing the values associated with carbon and ecosystem services. Coming from the northern part of Germany and growing up by the Baltic Sea I’ve always loved the ocean and its vibrant ecosystems. I am especially interested in this project since I am about to write my master thesis on mangrove forests; comparing the distribution of potential and actual vegetation and what that means for their Blue Carbon Stocks. The internship at GRID-Arendal gives me the opportunity to work together with experts all around the world end enhance my practical and academic skills.