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, and whether we can use mussels to remove plastic pollution. 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.
Annika hopes to use her environmental research and media background to be part of the movement that illuminates the ecological and climate crisis and empowers people to act with scientific and moral clarity to mitigate further destruction.
Photo of Annika courtesy of Ben Cherry