#02 - Aquatic ecologist Dr. Mina Bizic (IGB): exploring life in water and dealing with dual careers in science

In the second episode, we meet with an aquatic microbial ecologist Dr. Mina Bizic. Mina holds a temporary position for principal investigator (DFG Eigene Stelle) in the Department of Experimental Limnology of the Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany.

In the interview she talks about her childhood in Serbia, her fascination for natural sciences, her role models, and balancing career and family.

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Dr. Mina Bizic was born in Belgrade, where she finished her Diploma thesis in general biology and aquatic ecology. After her studies, she was offered the position of research assistant at the Institute of Oceanography and Limnological Research (IOLR) in Israel. Working at the institute encouraged her desire to follow an academic path. She received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) in Bremen, Germany, after which she continued her postdoctoral research at IGB in Berlin, Germany. Her research interests include the Global Carbon Cycle with respect to methane formation and carbon dioxide sequestration by phytoplankton blooms.

 

The interview was conducted by Natalia Stolyarchuk.

Photo: Mina Bizic, private