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Born in Berlin (Germany) and raised in Brighton (UK), Annika Schlemm is a biology master's student at the University of Cambridge, having completed her bachelors degree at the University of Oxford. Annika's environmental research has taken her across five countries to undertake a myriad of explorations, from being decorated in pandanus scars in French Polynesia, to working at a desk in Princeton University.

 

Now Annika spends her days in the Aquatic Ecology lab investigating the effect of microplastic pollution on the health and ecosystem functioning of freshwater mussels. As well as providing important filtration and nutrient cycling services, these underappreciated organisms can also show us how healthy the rest of the ecosystem is. 

Her research has been published in Conservation Science and Practice and Animal Cognition, and watch out for the several papers that are currently in the works!

Annika hopes to use her environmental research and media background to communicate the value of nature and empower people to mitigate further environmental destruction.

Photo of Annika courtesy of Ben Cherry