Michaela obtained her PhD from the University of Hamburg in 1998. Before joining Cefas, she worked at the University of Hamburg, Germany and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK on the effects of environmental change on meiofauna communities. She has 18 years post-doctoral experience in marine ecology, investigating the composition, structure and function of marine ecosystems. Her research involves multidisciplinary field surveys and experiments in the laboratory and the field assessing the response of benthic assemblages to natural and anthropogenic disturbance.
Michaela has been an Associate Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Marine Biodiversity since 2008 and is a reviewer for over 20 scientific journals including Nature, PLoS ONE, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Marine Ecology Progress Series. She has been leading Cefas’ scientific input into multidisciplinary EU- and NERC-funded research programmes that are significant in terms of science potential and impact.
Michaela has significant experience and involvement in international and national fora. She chaired the ICES Study Group on Biodiversity Science between 2007 and 2009 and has been a member of the related Working Group since. Michaela is a scientific advisor to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on biodiversity-related issues in relation to the delivery of a UK network of Marine Protected Areas.
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