I am a postdoctoral researcher working at the Centre for Ocean Life at the Technical University of Denmark. My research interests lie in community and population ecology. I seek to understand how patterns in community composition and species' evolution are shaped by the environment and evolutionary constraints, which jointly determine competitive strategies. Understanding communities from the perspective of strategies, or functional traits, allows us to predict what they will look like under completely novel conditions. With major environmental changes under way, I believe that this is the most promising approach to understand what the future will look like.
To this end, I study how phytoplankton functional traits change across space and time - from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and on time scales ranging from hours to decades. I try to explain patterns in traits and communities with a combination of statistical & basic machine learning techniques, and use theoretical models, to explore their implications for a changing environment.