Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

My research interests lie in the field of marine biogeochemistry, with a focus on element cycling in coastal systems, biogeochemical responses to anthropogenic pressures, and, particularly, benthic nitrogen turnover. Excess availability of land-derived nitrogen in coastal waters has led to coastal eutrophication all around the world, including the Baltic Sea; at the same time, element turnover processes in the coastal zone can temporarily retain and permanently remove nitrogen, thereby mitigating its transport to open waters. Understanding nitrogen turnover in the coastal habitat is thus imperative for understanding its fate in the wider marine system.


Research projects:

Check in with the microbes: using metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to comprehend seasonal organic carbon limitation of coastal benthic denitrification (PostDoc: Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation, CoastClim project, 2022)

Elucidating seasonal substrate limitation of benthic nitrate reduction in the coastal Baltic Sea (PostDoc: Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation, 2020-2021)

Biogeochemical links between eutrophication and climate change in the Baltic Sea (PhD student: Academy of Finland, 2013-2018)

BONUS COCOA - Nutrient cocktail in coastal zones of the Baltic Sea (PhD student: funded jointly by the EU and the Academy of Finland, 2014-2017).


Curriculum vitae

Since 2020.  Post-doctoral researcher (University of Helsinki).

2014-2019.  PhD in Aquatic Sciences (University of Helsinki).

2012-2014.  Research Associate in Biological Oceanography (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel).

2009-2012.  MSc in Biological Oceanography (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, University of Kiel).

2006-2009.  BSc in Environmental Sciences (Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg).

Fields of Science

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • marine biogeochemistry, coastal biogeochemistry, sediment biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycle, benthic-pelagic coupling, coastal filter, eutrophication, Baltic Sea, nitrate reduction, isotope pairing technique

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.