Where are you from, and what is your role in Extreme 2004?
from the University of Greifswald, which is in the far northeast
of Germany at the Baltic shore. I participate in the Extreme
2004 expedition as a guest of Horst Felbeck and Craig Cary.
What questions are you trying to answer and why?
I'm working on my Ph.D. thesis at the Institute of Marine Biotechnology
(http://www.marine-biotechnologie.de) and try to investigate the symbiotic
bacteria that live inside Riftia
pachyptila, the giant
tubeworm. My goal is to analyze the symbiotic relationship between the
bacteria and their host.
Why is this research important? What are the benefits?
benefit of this kind of research might be the better understanding
of interactions between bacteria (for example,
bacteria) and higher organism, like plants, animals, or even humans.
is your background, and what lured you into marine science/education?
I have studied biology here in Greifswald and already wrote my diploma thesis in molecular biology about the proteins in Riftia symbionts. That's how I ended up being involved in marine science on a molecular level.