I am interested in ecosystem functions, their ecological controls and how they are affected by human action. Specifically, I work in stream ecosystems and studied how land use in stream catchments controlled stream metabolism by shifting dissolved organic matter and nutrient regimes. In my PhD thesis, I aim at understanding the spatial distribution of periphyton diversity in entire stream networks and how the interaction of the periphyton community with nutrients translates into important ecosystem functions like primary production and nutrient uptake. Furthermore, I am a member of the EuroRun Project, the 1st Collaborative European Freshwater Science Project for Young Researchers. EuroRun aims at investigating CO2 fluxes from streams all over Europe by a team of European early career researchers.