Daniela Walch and Christina Hess are our two new bioCEED student representatives at UNIS this semester.Daniela is studying Biology and Geography in a Master of Education programme at Potsdam University (close to Berlin). For her master’s thesis, she is looking into influences of freshwater discharge to arctic fjords with remote sensing techniques – and enjoying every cold tiny bit of it! She spent the last months before coming up here sailing as a teacher for biology, geography and politics on a traditional tall ship with the “High Seas High School”. Here, she got to enjoy amazing marine landscapes as well as the possibility of combining those with hands on experiences for the students, that they took along.
She is also enthusiastic about sustainability topics and education for sustainable development as well as student-led teaching. While studying for semester abroad at Bergen University, she participated in the first BISC (Bergen International Student Conference) and met inspiring people there! As a bioCEED representative, she hopes to encourage fellow students to make the most out of their learning experience at UNIS. Christina is a MSc student in “Biology of Environmental Change” at the University of Eastern Finland. During her studies, she spent some time in Tromsø and Svalbard, where she attended some master courses in marine and arctic biology. Currently, she is writing her MSc thesis in the Department of Arctic Biology, focusing on terrestrial biology and plant ecology. She is interested in the development of teaching and communication of science. During her time as a bioCEED representative, she hopes to contribute to the improvement of teaching for and with students.
Both Daniela and Christina are looking very much forward to contribute into bioCEED and we welcome them warmly!