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Hi! I'm Melanie, a forest geneticist from Germany. I'm currently living in Québec, Canada, to do my postdoc at the Université Laval. 

I studied forest science at the Technical University Dresden and already specialised in forest genetics in my Bachelor and Master thesis. After that, I did my PhD about climate adaptation in spruce.

For me forest genetics feels like to reveal the little secrets of trees. With my blog I want to share my passion for trees and genetics with science interested people. I want to get more involved in science communication, so don't hasitate to contract me.   :)


field work in Alaska (c) Andreas Burger

Curriculum Vitae

Higher education


Dissertation | 2018-2022

"Phenotypic plasticity and local genetic adaptation in white spruce"

University of Greifswald (Germany)

Conference organization 

Member of the organizing committee "Journée étudiante de l`IBIS" 2023-08-25

Scientists4future Berlin & Brandenburg | 2022


Master of Science in Forestry | 2014-2018

Technical University Dresden (Germany)

Bachelor of Science in Forestry | 2011-2014

Technical University Dresden (Germany)

Representative of PhD students | 2019-2020

within the graduate college RESPONSE

University of Greifswald (Germany)

International Forestry Students´ Association (IFSA)

member | 2013-2018

representative of the LC Tharandt | 2015-2016

Teaching experience

Work experience

Postdoc | since January 2023

Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

working group of Ilga Porth

Internship | 2017

in the working groups of molecular biology and plant ecophysiology  

University of Auckland (New Zealand) 

Mentor in the programm CyberMentor | 2022 

to support young women in science 

Master thesis supervision | 2019  

University of Greifswald (Germany)

Student supervision in lab internships | 2014-2016 

Technical University Dresden (Germany) 

Student assistant | 2014-2016

Institute for Forest Botany

Technical University Dresden (Germany)  

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