After purchasing the general matriculation standard in 2012 in Leverkusen, I studied Biology in Düsseldorf. In 2015 I came to Rostock and studied Aquaculture. In this time, I decided to look forward for aquatic sciences and collected practical experiences at the State Research Center for Agriculture and Fisheries Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and at the Thuenen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries. Here, I prepared my Master thesis dealing with predation behavior of an invasive species, I was aware of from the river Rhine near Düsseldorf –the round goby. Fascination for this species led me go back to the river Rhine, in this time near Basel.
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Invasive species are a fundamental challenge in modern aquatic ecosystem management. Commonly caused by human activities, ecosystem impacts might be disastrous and hardly fixable. An important topic the modern society is challenged with deals with optimal management strategies. Is removal of those species from invaded habitats an adequate option? How can further dispersal be prohibited? What are short- and long term effects of invasions on ecosystems? Are there pros of invasions? When do invasive species have to be assumed to be an integrated part of the ecosystem? And at least: What is a natural ecosystem?