Alberta Widhi A. Putri is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg. She is originally from Indonesia, a country with 17,508 islands, where she has gained her interest in marine science. She studied biology at the University of Padjadjaran, Indonesia, and did her master in Biological Oceanography at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.
Over the last few years, Widhi has studied seagrasses and macroalgae in Indonesia and Germany with a focus on the interaction between seagrasses and sediment fauna under climate change.
Currently, she is involved in the RTG 2530 project (funded by the German Research Foundation) as a doctoral researcher. She now works on a ‘tiny’ organism (diatom) instead of a ‘big’ species (seagrass or macroalgae). Her project is titled ‘The hidden garden: carbon cycling and benthic diatom community composition along a salinity gradient’. She called it ‘the hidden garden’ as the benthos seems slimy-mud to bare eyes. Yet, if you check it keenly by using a microscope, then you will be able to see how beautiful the diatoms are. Their role in the estuarine carbon cycle is dramatically understudied. More conceptually, she will investigate whether community complexity affects the diatoms’ sensitivity to changing temperatures in a predictable pattern along the estuary.
Widhi has been a guest mentor at the University of Padjadjaran, Indonesia (2021). She is interested in the fields of marine ecology; community composition; biodiversity; invasive species; species interaction; and climate change.