October 2004 – October 2007
Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Marine Laboratory, University of Guam, USA
In the course of my postdoctoral stay in Guam, I conducted several lab- and field-based projects in the frame of a postdoctoral research fellowship that had been awarded to me by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. For this, together with my host, Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp, I set up a microbiological and a biomolecular laboratory on the remote tropical island of Guam.
During our 3-years stay on Guam, my wife gave birth to our first son, Robin. So we still have strong bonds to the tropical island, with Robin being a true ‘Guamanian’.
Places visited during my research stay in Micronesia:
Guam (USA): Most of my research I conducted on the reefs off the island of Guam. Interestingly, the main spot for my field experiments was Apra Harbor, a deep-water port on the western side of the island. This harbor offers protection from strong waves and currents and hosts an impressive benthic diversity.
Palau (Republic of Palau): Palau is an island country and a pristine paradise. With about 200 island, many of which are uninhabited, it is an exciting place to live and work at.
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Rota (Northern Mariana Islands)