Planarian Collection Manager
As a naturalist I am attracted to everything that nature has to offer. And since you are expected to know what you want in life at the age of 18, I decided to do my BSc and MSc in Nature and Forest management (specialization animal ecology) at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands. After all, I was focusing on the big stuff (birds, mammals, fish or trees) while demoting the tiny…After finishing my studies I’ve been working as an ecologist/engineer at an Environmental Agency. This quiet life lasted until I got married and moved as trailing spouse to the US and France to end up in Germany. During these years I learned to also appreciate the smaller things in life. Pinning beetles and helping identifying spiders in the Natural history Museum of Denver certainly catalyzed this seemingly sudden extension of interests. At EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) I was trained as a caretaker of Zebrafish which happened to be the last steppingstone to my role as Planarian collection manager. Here I am responsible for the design and optimization of cultivation systems to meet all needs of our extensive collection of planarians. This also includes coordinating and participating in field expeditions to collect new planarian species and incorporate them into our collection, the dream of any true naturalist!