I have graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Lueneburg, Germany. After my graduation in 2002, I worked on atmospheric models at the Institute of Coastal Research in Geestacht, Germany and later co-ordinated scientific panel meetings for the European Food Safety Authority until 2004. I started my PhD at Griffith University in June 2004 on the relationship between fish harvest and environmental drivers. During my research I developed advanced short and long term tagging methods for estuarine fish. Since 2008 I am Research Fellow and Adjunct with the Australian Rivers Institute and Griffith Centre for Coastal Management. I am the co-founder and leading scientist of Humpbacks & High-rises - a not for profit research organisation dedicated to urban marine mammal research and protection.