I am a marine economic researcher specialized on seaweed farming, focusing on topics at the intersection of natural- and social sciences.
My background in environmental mediation and myy passion to work closely with local communities, brought me to work 6 years in green projects on Africa (mostly Cameroon and Madagascar). The insights of having worked so closely on the ground helps me understand the gaps between theoretical sustainable solutions for the environment and the reality of communities having to implement them.
After these years more focused on tropical forests, their value chains and climate change mitigation and an umbrella topic, I returned to oceanography and dove into the research and innovation part sustainable solution. Seaweed farms are living a renaissance these days and high claims are made about their potential. The are ranging from feeding the world with seaweed protein to arriving at a global net carbon balance through seaweed farming. But that’s only part of the story. How we can realistically use seaweeds’ potential, and how we can cultivate them in a sustainable way, is what I am focused on right now. This means I am specializing in ecosystem services of seaweed farms, monetization of ecosystem services and the socioeconomic as well as ecological carrying capacity seaweed farms.