Natalie Prinz

Natalie Prinz
The University of Waikato · Faculty of Science and Engineering

M. Sc. Tropical Marine Ecology
PhD student at Uni Waikato Tauranga, Aotearoa NZ working on restoration of multifunctionality in estuaries

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Introduction
I graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.Sc. in Marine Science and from the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research in Germany with a M.Sc. in Tropical Marine Ecology. After my Masters project on artificial feeding of coral reef fish in the Aitutaki Lagoon (Cook Islands) I worked on marine microplastic pollution and on tourism impact on the marine environment. Now I am a PhD student at Uni Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Additional affiliations
August 2019 - February 2020
European Commission
Position
  • All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador (Germany)
Description
  • The EU Commission funded two consecutive projects AORA and AANChOR, within which the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation was initiated, including a Youth Ambassador Programme, launched in Brussels, February 2020.
March 2019 - September 2019
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
Position
  • Research Assistant
August 2018 - December 2018
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Position
  • Visiting Student Research Program
Description
  • Research assistant in the Reef Ecology Lab (Prof. Michael Berumen and Dr. Darren Coker)
Education
April 2020 - April 2024
The University of Waikato
Field of study
  • Coastal Marine Group
April 2019 - May 2019
Commission for Scientific Diving Germany
Field of study
  • European Scientific Diver
October 2015 - September 2017
Universität Bremen
Field of study
  • International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology

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Publications (6)
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Plastic has become indispensable for human life. When plastic debris is discarded into waterways, these items can interact with organisms. Of particular concern are microscopic plastic particles (microplastics) which are subject to ingestion by several taxa. This review summarizes the results of cutting-edge research about the interactions between...
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Feeding wild animals is a regular habit in ecotourism worldwide with poorly known consequences for ecosystem functioning. This study investigates how effective bread feeding is at attracting coral reef fish in the South Pacific, which feeding groups of fish are most attracted, and how natural foraging rates of an omnivorous and a grazing-detritivor...
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With the start of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021, research priorities to support the sustainable use of coastal and ocean resources and their conservation are in the spotlight. However, to date comprehensive regulation and management of multifaceted and multi-used ecosystems has proven challengin...
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Mangrove ecosystems are increasingly being recognized for their potential to sequester atmospheric carbon, thereby mitigating the effects of anthropogenically driven greenhouse gas emissions. The bacterial community in the soils plays an important role in the breakdown and recycling of carbon and other nutrients.
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Mangrove forests play an important role in facilitating biogeochemical pathways and cycling acting as blue carbon sinks. These services are primarily regulated by the activity of the soil microbiome. However, there is still limited research into spatial and temporal variation patterns of bacterial community assemblages in mangrove soils. This study...
Conference Paper
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Tropical mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. Their evolution in dynamic, and ever-changing environments means they have developed a capacity to withstand and recover (i.e., are resilient) from distur- bances caused by anthropogenic activities and climatic perturbations. The...

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Projects (4)
Archived project
We are a group of early-career marine scientists who are leading a session on “Integrated Approaches to the Future of Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Management” at the International Conference for Young Marine Researchers (ICYMARE) in September 2021 in Germany (https://www.icymare.com/). As part of our work we are currently working a review on good practices that we collect from projects and initiatives, which bridge the gap between science, society and policy using integrated approaches.
Archived project
We need to understand how microplastics that marine organisms interact with influence their role in the ecosystem. Aim of this review, which will be published midyear 2019, was to consolidate current research on the cellular effects of microplastic on marine biota, and emphasise that only a small percentage of academic literature provides hypotheses on how these (often sublethal) effects can be changing the way an organism fulfills its functional niche.
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Mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. This chapter, written for the YouMaRes Conference 2017, reviews the wealth of available literature focussed on the tropical marine seascape to investigate the degree of connectivity between its ecosystems, and how cross-ecosystem interactions may be impacted by anthropogenic activities and climate change. It emphasizes the need for a holistic, seascape-wide research approach to successfully protect and preserve these important ecosystems and their associated services for future generations.