Research PG



Louise Smith graduated from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in 2019 with a BSc in Environmental and Resource Management. During her undergrad, she developed an interest in ecology and corresponding fields such as conservation biology. She participated in several study projects focusing on invertebrate pioneer species and the effects of microplastics on bivalves.

She was admitted to the MSC Ecology at the University of Bremen in 2019. While she was studying at the university, she worked together with the nature park "Wadden Sea" to complete a research project on coastal ecology. Her dissertation was based on the information gathered during this project and focused on one endangered coastal plant species Calystegia Soldanella on the East Frisian Islands. During her postgrad, she obtained additional qualifications in R, GIS and Julia.

As of 2022, Louise is a PhD student within the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen. Under the supervision of Dr Jeff Oliver, Dr Kate Britton and Dr Jill Plunket, she will investigate the ecological impacts of post-medieval squatter colonies.


  • BSC Environmental and Ressource Management 
    2019 - BTU Cottbus Senftenberg 
  • MSC Ecology 
    2022 - University of Bremen 

Internal Memberships

2017-2018 Member and later President of the Board of Students at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

2018 Co-Organiser of the 20th anniversary conference for the study course Environmental and Resource      Management


Current Research

The historical ecology of lowland hillscapes: assessing the impact of post-medieval settlement colonisation on relationships between humans, animals, and plants.

Past Research

Pioneer invertebrates

Effects of Microplastics on Bivalves

Ecology of C. soldanella on the East Frisian Islands

Ecology of C. soldanella on European Coasts


Funding and Grants

QUADRAT DTP Funding 2022-2026