I am a German biologist specialised on animal behaviour, ecology and physiology. During my studies, I examined cognitive capabilities of wild mouse lemurs in Madagascar and douc langurs in Vietnam and I investigated correlations among group living and ecological, physiological and health variables in wild sifakas in Madagascar. I gained valuable experiences concerning field work by spending many months conducting behavioural observations in the wild, and acquired methodological skills on endocrinological, microbiological and parasitological analyses of faecal samples.
While I really loved working as a scientist, it was especially during my PhD that I started to see clues of what I actually enjoyed doing: editing colleagues’ manuscripts, crafting presentations and posters and presenting my work to both, fellow researchers and the public. I also started participating in Science Slams across Germany. Bridging the gap between science and the public is now more important than ever, which is why I decided to pursue a career as science communicator.