About Me

Welcome to my page!Simone2

I’m currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Technical University of Munich, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan at Juergen Geist’s Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology. Until June 2016, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Richard Connon’s lab at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Department Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis).

The increasing worldwide chemical pollution of freshwater systems, with largely unknown long-term effects on aquatic life and on human health, is one of the key environmental problems we are currently facing. Especially in areas of intense pesticide use that discharge complex mixtures into surface waters, aquatic ecosystems and food webs are exposed to a number of disturbances that shape species abundance and diversity. My main interest is how these contaminants affect aquatic ecosystems, with a focus on invertebrate communities and chemical fate. I like to combine both whole-organism response with sublethal endpoints such as gene expression and swimming behavior, since many contaminants can cause adverse effects even at very low concentrations that are difficult to detect otherwise.

My current research projects include ecotoxicological assessments of a number of contaminants, individually and in mixtures, using invertebrate and algae species in laboratory toxicity studies to investigate their effects on sublethal and lethal endpoints following contaminant exposure. I’m utilizing outdoor mesocosm studies to assess long-term community effects and effects on different trophic levels in a more ecologically relevant setting. See more under ‘My Research’.