I started studying at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany, in 2007. My majors are English and Biology with a teaching credential, which will allow me teach grades 5 - 13 at the Gymnasium, one type of secondary schools in Germany. As a part of my requirements for my minor in educational studies, I had to deal with bilingual education at German secondary schools. Since my combination of subjects technically would allow me to teach bilingual classes and I was also very interested in this concept, I decided to write my thesis on it. While reading about bilingual education, I came across many references regarding the shortage on teaching material for bilingual education, which forces bilingual teachers to spend a lot of time on the acquisition and preparation of teaching material. Therefore I decided to create a website with teaching material for bilingual biology teachers as a part of my thesis.
I chose the topic of Conservation Biology for personal reasons. After I graduated from the Gymnasium in 2006, I went to Australia for a few months to work for a conservation Organization called Conservation Volunteers Australia. Through my work for the organization and the cooperation with many different rangers and wildlife biologists, I learned a lot about conservation and especially about the threat of invasive species to Australian wildlife. Furthermore, I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad for two semesters at the California State University in Chico, a school that has received several awards for its leadership role in sustainability and environmental education. During my stay I attended several classes on Conservation Ecology and Environmental Studies, through which I was able to learn more about the theoretical and biological background of nature conservation.