Who are we?
My name is Andrea. I am a third-year PhD student in Biology and when I am not doing field work in Australia, you can find me in Biology building B. My project revolves around the small Australian Bogong moth, which migrates over 1500 km to a very small region in the Snowy Mountains in order to survive the hot Australian summers. I am investigating how these moths find their way, including which external information they use to orient, and how that information is processed in their tiny brains. I have been representing NDR in various roles since 2015 and was NDR’s chairperson during the academic year of 2015/16. I have now started my second term as chairperson and am very much looking forward to what promises to be an exciting year for NDR!
My name is Lana and I have just kicked off my second year as a PhD student in Biology. The focus of my PhD studies is aimed at understanding how a biological compass changes and adapts through different visual environments. For this, I use the dung beetle as my model organism. Apart from the downside of having to work with poo, I get to spend a couple of months every year at our field station in South Africa for behavioural work, which is a pretty good deal! I joined NDR for one term, back in 2016 as the vice-chairperson. Now, I am back yet again and have re-joined at the same position. I am more excited than ever, and looking very much forward to what this year has in store!
My name is Brian and I am a PhD student at Astronomy located in the Astronomy building on Sölvegaten. I am in my 2nd year of the studies and in my work I observe stars in the centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The idea is to understand what type of stars we find in our Galaxy, and by tracing their chemical composition and using models for stellar evolution we can begin to say something about events that has happened over the last 12 billion years in our Galaxy—the greater goal being saying something about how we ended up where we are. I joined NDR May 2017 and will be the secretary for the working committee, member of the board for research education, and interface between NDR and LDK.
My name is Juan Pablo and I am a PhD student at the Microbial ecology group in the Ecology building. I am working on the molecular ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi in relation to the biogeochemical cycles. I have been part of the NDR working committee since September 2016. My main task will be to attend to other boards meetings and to bring news to the NDR working committee.
My name is Megan and I am a first-year PhD student from the Department of Geology. You can find me mostly in Geocentrum II. My work aims to study the variation of the Earth’s magnetic field over time, using proxies such as magnetic minerals in archaeological ceramics, with a goal to understand how the magnetic field is maintained and produced. I joined the NDR committee this year and I am the main author of the How to ‘PhD’ at Lund University. I am looking forward to meeting you all!
My name is Victoria and I am a PhD student at the division of physical chemistry located at the Kemicentrum. I am now in my 3rd year of studies and my project focusses on interactions between key molecules in an immune cell contact to better understand the initial steps of an immune response. I started working in the NDR committee May 2017 and am looking forward to an exciting year where I can involve myself with more than just science and get to know a lot of interesting people. My main task will be to update you on all upcoming events and progress of our work.