- July 2022 – June 2025: Postdoctoral Researcher, Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, the GLOBE institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
-March 2022 – June 2022: Research assistant at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
- July 2021 – January 2022: Research assistant at Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- July 2018 – June 2021: PhD student in avian microbiomes at Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- November 2016 – November 2017: Laboratory assistant at Center for Social Evolution, Section for Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- December 2015 – June 2016: Wildlife Educator and Animal Care at Ohio Wildlife Center (Education), OH, USA
Publication and research summary
I have 20 peer-reviewed publications, including in high-profile journals such as Molecular Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Frontiers in Microbiology, and Trends in Microbiology. Seven of them are part of my PhD thesis and I am the first author in 13 of them. Two additional manuscripts are resubmitted after revisions, three are almost ready to be submitted.
Service as a peer-reviewer (WoS researcher ID: AAC-8777-2019)
I have reviewed 46 manuscripts (including first and second revisions) for the journals Molecular Ecology, ISME Communications, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PeerJ, Genomics, Microbial Ecology, mSphere, Royal Society Open Science, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology part D: Genomics and Proteomics, Emu, Journal of Avian Biology, BMC Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Microbiology, Microbiology spectrum and BMC Animal Microbiome. Additionally, I have done 1 grant review for the Icelandic Research Fund in 2022. I am also an associate editor of the Frontiers in Microbiology editorial board and currently editing a special issue on “Evolution and Diversity of Avian Gut Microbiomes”, where I have edited 2 manuscripts.
Received research grants (PI in all of them)
- 2017 British Ecological Society Mini-Research Grant ($4,000.00).
- 2017 OIKOS Society travel grant ($500.00).
- 2017 DANIDA Fellowship Center Travel Grant ($3,200.00).
- 2014 Libby Yunger Research Mini Grant, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, USA ($1500.00)
Honours and Awards
- 2022: PhD award of the year – recognition of excellence during the PhD by the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2015: Departmental and College Honours – Earlham College, Indiana, USA
- 2015: Phi Beta Kappa – recognition of academic achievements by the USA Phi Beta Kappa honour society.
- 2014: Millard S. Markle Award in Biology, Earlham College, Indiana, USA
Teaching and supervision merits
• Two pedagogical courses on “Supervision of BSc and MSc students” (March 2021) and “Introduction to University Pedagogy” at the UCPH (September 2018)
• Lectures in MSc courses Evolutionary Ecology (2018-2021) and Ornithology (2019) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
• Teaching assistant in BSc courses Cell Physiology (2013), Ecological Biology (2014), and Biological Diversity (2014) at Earlham College, USA.
• Partial supervision of a PhD student
• Two-month supervision of a visiting postdoctoral researcher
• Three-month supervision of a visiting PhD student
• Co-supervision of six MSc student projects
• Co-supervision of two BSc student projects
• Field supervision of two BSc students
Selected poster and oral presentations
• Danish Microbiological Society Annual Congress, Denmark (poster). “Nutrient-limited subarctic caves harbor diverse and complex soil microbiomes” (11th Nov., 2021).
• Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (invited seminar). “Drivers of avian-gut microbiome associations” (28th Oct., 2021).
• 2021Molecular Ecology and Evolution lab, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden (invited seminar). “Barriers and gradients in avian-gut microbiome associations” (14th Oct., 2021).
• Society of tropical ecology (invited seminar). “Avian gut-microbiomes of New Guinea: Are there any barriers and gradients?” (5th Oct., 2021).
• ASM World Microbe Forum (poster). “Species-specific but Not Phylosymbiotic Gut Microbiomes of New Guinean Passerine Birds Are Shaped by Diet and Flight-associated Gut Modifications” (June 2021).
• Danish Microbiological Society Annual Congress, Denmark (poster). “Cloacal swabs and alcohol bird specimens are good proxies for compositional analyses of gut microbial communities of Great tits (Parus major)” (Nov. 2019).
• Gordon Research Conference on Animal Microbial Symbiosis, USA (poster). “The gut microbiota of Parus major (Great Tits) flexibly responds to macronutrient dietary contents” (June 2019).
• International Biogeography Society Biennial Conference, Malaga, Spain (poster/flash talk). “Avian blood parasite prevalence is governed by host communities and colonization histories” (Jan. 2019).
• Danish Microbiological society Conference, Denmark (poster/flash talk). “Impact of fungus-farming termite fungal diet on the gut microbiota of the omnivorous cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis” (Nov. 2018).