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Charlotte Havermans
Junior Group Leader, PhD
Helmholtz Young Investigator Group ARJEL - Arctic Jellies
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
  • Marine
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Career Development
Marine Ecology
evolutionary ecology, genetics, OMICS, pelagic ecology, gelatinous zooplankton, amphipod crustaceans, optics, field work, deep sea, biodiversity, integrative taxonomy, public outreach
  • Both Polar Regions
I am a polar and deep-sea biologist working on the impact of climate change on polar organisms and food web structure. I finished my PhD on evolutionary ecology of Antarctic crustaceans in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2012. Since then, I have conducted multiple fellowship stays abroad, and move to Germany in 2015 for two postdoc positions at the University of Bremen, for which I obtained funding through the German Science Foundation. I worked on the ecology, trophic role and resilience to change of a range-expanding amphipod, Themisto. I have been at sea over a year all cruises combined, and could join expeditions to both polar regions.
Currently, I am leading a Junior Group at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, that investigates the role of gelatinous zooplankton and their impact on changing Arctic ecosystems. This 6year programme will investigate the distribution, diversity, trophic role and resilience of "jellies" using "OMICS" (incl. environmental DNA), optic and acoustic field techniques and modelling.
I am a passionate researcher who would be happy to give advice or brainstorm on career paths, collaborations, public outreach, scientific ideas, internship and field opportunities. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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  • One-on-One Mentoring
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    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Participation in live online discussions
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    APECS Council or Executive Committee Member. Transcripts will be
    posted online for future reference.

  • Assisting with proposal development

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
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  • Telephone/Skype conversations
  • Email Exchange
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
  • Gordon Conferences
  • Arctic Frontiers
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