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Hanna Scheuffele (PhD, commenced 2018)

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Co-supervisors: Dr Fredrik Jutfelt

My career in academia started in 2010 in Marburg, Germany where I studied Biology with a focus on marine science. Among other projects, I worked on the hunting behaviour of the lionfish Pterois volitans, an invasive fish species in the Caribbean. I successfully completed my Bachelors with a thesis on the microhabitat use and prey selection of the coral feeding snail Coralliophila violacea in the waters surrounding the Sinai Peninsula in 2014. 

I continued my studies with a Masters in marine biology at the University of Bremen, Germany. My interest in fish physiology awoke during my research on temperature effects on the metabolic rates of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) at Alfred Wegener Insitute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany. I decided to continue my path along this way by conducting research on temperature effects on mitochondrial pathways of Antarctic Notothenioids. By then it became clear that I found my scientific passion in fish ecophysiology and climate change. To deepen my knowledge in this field, I joined the IFREMER in Brest, France to research how the blood binding properties of European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) are affected by ocean acidification.

After the completion of my Masters I took a position as research scientist at the AWI. Within the project BIOACID I looked at the effects of ocean acidification on various marine taxa. Following up, I got offered a position by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to support the IPCC authors by editing the reports they publish on a regular basis.

Looking to continue my career in academia and get my hands wet by working on fish again, I started my PhD in the Clark Lab in late 2018, funded by a Deakin University Postgraduate Research (DUPR) scholarship. Within my project I look at the physiological mechanisms underlying the ‘temperature size rule’ phenomenon, whereby aquatic organisms like fishes cannot grow as large in warmer waters. I am looking forward to the upcoming years of work within the Clark Lab and am excited to be given this great opportunity!

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