Jessica Schiller, M.Sc.
I studied the bachelor of Biology at the University of Bremen, with a focus on Marine Biology. During my bachelor thesis I started to work with seaweed. I continued in Bremen with the master of Marine Biology during which I spent seven months at the Ocean University in Qingdao, China to conduct the practical research for my master thesis. This work was done in cooperation with the Chinese Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science (IOCAS) and aimed at analyzing the effects of physiological stressors on nutrient uptake and growth of Undaria pinnatifida.
My current PhD studies are part of the same Sino-German Cooperation project entitled “The invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida: a prominent Asian food source spreading in European waters”.
In my research I am interested in effects of physiological stress on the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida, with attention to life history stages, as well as differences between populations and mechanisms of range expansion. Another aspect of the project is the genetic relationship of populations along the European coast, with the analyses conducted by our project partners at IOCAS.