Jana C. Massing


Research Interests

My aim is to develop and apply new modelling approaches for complex ecological communities, with particular focus on marine microbes. Applying cutting-edge concepts from nonlinear dynamics and network science, I seek to understand the structure and dynamics of such communities. With these models, I want to gain understanding of how diversity of species in communities emerges, functions and fails. My overarching aim is to understand the consequences of the vast microbial diversity in the oceans and its response to climate change.


2020 – today PhD candidate in Ecosystem Modelling at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity and the University of Oldenburg

2019 – 2020 Scientific assistant at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen

2017 – 2019 Master studies in Marine Biology at the University Bremen

2018 Scientific assistant in the Marine Zoology department, University Bremen participating in research cruise to Peru (CUSCO project)

2014 – 2017 Bachelor studies in Bioscience at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster