Claudia Schimmer (PhD Candidate)
Claudia holds two undergrad degrees i.e., BSc (microbiology and physiology) and BSc (geology and zoology) minoring in soil science. With the primary focus on soil/substrate quality and mine rehabilitation, she obtained her B.Sc. Hons in environmental sciences majoring in soil science. Her honours focused on the capabilities of earthworms to initiate soil structure formation in anthropogenic mine waste residues. Because of her interest in mine rehabilitation and soil quality, she ventured further into the discipline and obtained her master’s degree. Her masters mainly focused on the application of microbial community properties as assessment/monitoring criteria for substrates affected by anthropogenic activities. The research also involved the succession and dynamics of developing microbial communities in anthropogenic substrates.