All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Environmental Sciences
Joerg’s fascination with water chemistry and aquatic biology started with a makeshift laboratory and aquariums and the garden pond of his parental home. Dedicated academics in Düsseldorf and in Dresden further nurtured this interest in aquatic sciences. After a PhD on acidification he first worked in commercial water analysis and is now a senior lecturer at Ulster University’s School of Geography and Environmental Sciences with research interests in water quality and aquatic ecology.
As a water scientist, he is looking forward to the opportunity of spending time at the Great Lakes in Sandra McLellan’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he wants to investigate methods of monitoring faecal water pollution with bacterial sediment markers. He also intends to get involved with Milwaukee’s volunteer organisations in freshwater conservation and the support of people with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) for a transatlantic sharing of experience.