Carina Bunse puts Bacterioplankton in the Spotlight

This Friday, don’t miss  PhD thesis dissertation with Carina Bunse, as she defends Bacterioplankton in the light of seasonality and environmental drivers. Her opponent, Assistant Professor Mathew Church will be visiting from the University of Montana, USA, and her examining committee will consist of Professor Jörgen Johansson, Umeå University, Assistant Professor Björn Karlsson, Linnaeus University, and professor Gesa Weyhenmeyer, Uppsala University.

Carina has worked at LNU’s Department of Biology and Environmental Since for the past six years. Focusing on Baltic Sea bacterioplankton as “keystone elements in marine microsystems,” and researching the oft puzzling questions as to how these bacteria respond to environmental changes, Carina used model bacteria, natural assemblages and field studies. A deeper understanding of bacterioplankton and its reaction to environmental changes can help to lay the groundwork of knowledge for how we can work to save the Baltic Sea in the future.

An interview with Carina in anticipation of her upcoming defense:

What inspired you to reach out to Jarone Pinhassi to study at Linnaeus Univeristy?

I read a scientific article about marine bacteria and how they could use light as an alternative energy source, I found it very interesting. During that time I was searching for a research group to do my degree project in and just gave it a try. I got a positive reply and 6 month later, I started to do my project work in Kalmar. Somehow the initial 6 month turned into a 6 years’ stay….

What have you learned about yourself in your educational journey to this point?

That I like fieldwork and to communicate marine issues (my research results but also other subjects) with students, colleagues and during outreach events. Before I have never felt comfortable to give talks or presentations, but I really learned to enjoy it. Further, during my educational journey I have found many international friends, that have and continue to inspire me on a daily basis

What will you miss about LNU?

My colleagues and the nature around our lab and Kalmar.

What do you look forward to in the future?

I am looking forward to learn something new about another subject in a related research field, to meet new people and discover new seas.

What advice would you offer a new student in our research group?

To look and learn what students around you and in other groups are working with, one can always learn many useful skills that might come handy someday. And if you need some inspiration, look into the microscope: Marine microbes are a beautiful!

Thank you Carina, for all your work! 


Carina’s Defense will be held at Fullriggaren, Kocken, Kalmar Campus at 09:30 on Friday, 12th January 2018. See you there!

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