I am a marine biologist with a passion for the aquatic world. My PhD on the conservation genetics of European seahorses provided valuable information for captive breeding and international monitoring programmes. As principal scientist with Nekton my work broadly focuses on the state of the oceans. This includes among other aspects, documenting biodiversity, connectivity and impacts of human activities. I previously led microplastics research was the first to reveal the ubiquity of this pollutant in the deep sea which resulted in further interest about marine debris in our most remote oceans. I am a member IUCN Seahorse Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist group, where I seek taxonomic clarifications and to understand conservation status of these fishes across the globe.