Dr. Verena Tams
I am interested in biodiversity from large to small scale, specifically in aquatic ecosystems. Particularly, I am interested in the influence of environment and genotype on phenotypic variation. I make use of integrative approaches from the whole living animal to the underlying genetic mechanisms applying a wide range of molecular methods. Additionally, I work within a team to integrate “data science in biology” in the academic education of students. Our goal is to promote the handling of (large) data and their analysis with different programming languages such as R and python.
since 2019 Postdoc at Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science
2019 - 2021 Advanced training in university didactics at the “Hamburger Zentrums für Universitäres Lehren und Lernens (HUL)“ (incl. Certificates: Basics, Media, Leadership & Teaching)
2014 - 2018 Doctoral thesis at Universität Hamburg, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mathilde Cordellier, “Intraspecific phenotypic variation and its genetic basis in Daphnia”
2013 - 2014 Technical Assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, department: Evolutionary Ecology
2010 - 2012 Technical Assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, department: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fish
2003 - 2010 Studies of Biology at the Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel (diploma), major: Zoology, minors: Biological Oceanography and Educational Sciences
2007 Education as a scientific diver
In different B.Sc. And M.Sc. courses I convey my knowledge to the following topics: macrophytes (macroalgae and seagrasses), coral reefs, working in laboratories, projects in the field (1 week excursion on Hallig Langeness) as well as introduction to data handling & statistics in R. My teaching philosophy is shaped by my non-academic university teaching-learning-experiences with a focus on experiential education. I see myself as a knowledge mediator and learning facilitator, who promotes the learning process of a student with activating elements. Thus, I expect self-reliant learning and working from the students. The quote of Confucius summaries well my teaching philosophy: "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I understand."
2019 “Data Science in Biology”
2014-2018 doctoral thesis: “Intraspecific phenotypic variation and its genetic basis in Daphnia”
2013-2014 “The effect of parasite prevalence on sexual behavior in three-spined stickleback"
2010-2012 different projects on seagrass and pipefish and their parasites in the Baltic Sea
2010 diploma thesis: “Ecological and physiological responses of amphipods from contrasting environments to UV stress”, Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Full publication list available here:
RECENT PUBLICATIONS/Research articles
7. Suda Parimala Ravindran*, Verena Tams*, Mathilde Cordellier (2020) Transcriptome-wide genotype-phenotype associations in Daphnia in a predation risk environment. J Evol Biol. 2020;00:1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13699 * shared 1st authorship
6. Verena Tams*, Jana Helene Nickel*, Anne Ehring, Mathilde Cordellier (2020) Insights into the genetic basis of predator-induced response in Daphnia galeata. Ecol Evol. 2020;00:1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6899 * shared 1st authorship
5. Suda Parimala Ravindran, Lisa Gottschlich, Jennifer Lüneburg, Verena Tams, Mathilde Cordellier (2019) Daphnia Stressor database: Taking advantage of a decade of Daphnia‘-omics‘ data for gene annotation. Sci Rep 9, 11135. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-47226-0
4. Verena Tams, Jennifer Lüneburg, Laura Seddar, Jan-Philipp Detampel, Mathilde Cordellier (2018) Intraspecific phenotypic variation in life history traits of Daphnia galeata in repsonse to fish kairomones. PeerJ 6:e5746 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5746.
3. Janina Brakel, Franziska Juli Werner, Verena Tams, Thorsten B. H. Reusch, Anna-Christin Bockelmann (2014) Current European Labyrinthula zosterae are not virulent and modulate seagrass (Zostera marina) defense gene expression. PloS ONE 9(4):e92448.
2. Anna-Christina Bockelmann, Verena Tams, Jana Ploog, Philipp Schubert, Thorsten B. H. Reusch (2013) Quantitative PCR reveals strong spatial and temporal variation of the wasting disease pathogen Labyrinthula zosterae in Northern European Eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62169.
1. Bergmann, Birgit Fricke, Martina C. Schmidt, Verena Tams, Katrin Beining, Hildegard Schwitte, Anne A. Boettcher, Daniel L. Martin, Anna-Christina Bockelmann, Thorsten B. H. Reusch, Gisep Rauch (2011) A quantitative real-time PCR assay for the seagrass pathogen Labyrinthula zosterae. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11, 1076–1081.