Dr. Sandra Vardeh
+49 (0)641-99 35775
IFZ, Level 4, Rm. B425
As a postdoctoral reseacher, I am working on the BfN funded MEERESENTEN project, which aims to determine thresholds for long-tailed ducks wintering and molting in the German part of the Baltic Sea:
- Determining breeding success of seaducks breeding in the Russian Arctic.
- Using data loggers to improve understanding of habitat parameters during migration and resting stages.
- Studying nutritional ecology using stable isotope analysis and genetic methods.
At the same time, the age structure of sea ducks will be determined in wintering areas. From these figures, population thresholds will be derived.
- PhD in Biological Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2011-2016.
Thesis title: "Population Genetics, Demography and Population Viability of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) in Australia"
Supported by a UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship and faculty stipend
Supervisors: Prof. William Sherwin, Dr. Jennifer Sinclair.
- Diplom (equivalent MSc) in Biology, IFM-GEOMAR and Kiel University, Kiel, Germany. 2011
Thesis title: "Can parasites mediate sympatric speciation through their host’s MHC genes? Example of the three-spined stickleback from Iceland"
Supervisors: Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre, Prof. Thorsten Reusch
International and European Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB/ECCB) in Montpellier, France
SCB Oceania Conference (SCBO) in Fiji - Best student presentation award
Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Lisbon, Portugal
International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) in Baltimore, US
Oceania Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology in Darwin, AU
Awards and Grants
Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Research Grant for
“Parasitism and the immune system in Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor)”
in collaboration with Australian National University researchers
Australian Geographic Seed Grant
Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award
Linnean Society NSW: Joyce Vickery Scientific Research Fund