PhD Marine Ecology and Genetics
Micaela has experience in both conservation research and applied ecology in environments ranging from coral reefs in the tropics, to the Baltic Sea, and lakes in Sweden and Greenland in the North. Her work focuses on the motto ‘from molecules to space’ which means that she studies the environment by examining genes in the cells, monitoring ecosystems by SCUBA diving and recording global weather patterns from satellites. For the moment she works on environmental DNA (eDNA) in aquatic systems. eDNA means that she collects a gallon of water from a lake and by using new methods (which she developed during a post-doc in Denmark) can look for genetic fingerprints in the water samples and determine what kind of plants and animals can be found in the lake. Micaela gained her genetic skills at Harvard University, USA and her marine ecology education in Finland, Australia, USA and Sweden. She has in the past worked for global consumer-market intelligence corporations as senior reporter and market analyst. She is guest-lecturing in conservation biology and genetics in many different countries and has worked both in academia and for municipalities.