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 Anna Adriana Anschütz

Anna Adriana Anschütz

Early Career Researcher

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

1.38, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I hold a bachelor's degree in general biology and a master's degree in biological oceanography. I have done several internships on an international level including participation in a sea turtle protection project on Northern Cyprus, performing a camera trap study on mammals in the Peruvian Amazon and molecular work at the University of Tromsø.

For my master thesis, I participated in a research cruise on board of the German RV Polarstern to the Southern Ocean to study the enzymatic activity of bacteria involved with the degradation of organic matter.


  • Early Stage Researcher (MixITiN), Cardiff University, UK, 2018 to present
  • MSc (Biology), Kiel University, Germany, 2018
  • BSc (Biology), Kiel University, Germany, 2014


I study the trophodynamics of the mixotrophic Teleaulax-Mesodinium-Dinophysis complex using a modelling approach. I engage with this research as an early stage researcher in the H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Innovative Training Network MixITiN. My work combines computer modelling of the physiology of Teleaulax, Mesodinium and Dinophysis as well as laboratory work for the acquisition of data for the validation of the models.


Anschütz AA, Flynn KJ (2020) Niche separation between different functional types of mixoplankton: results from NPZ ‑ style N ‑ based model simulations. Marine Biology 167:1–21. doi: 10.1007/s00227-019-3612-3

Flynn KJ, Mitra A, Anestis K, Anschütz AA, Calbet A, Ferreira GD, Gypens N, Hansen PJ, John U, Martin JL, Mansour JS, Maselli M, Medić N, Norlin A, Not F, Pitta P, Romano F, Saiz E, Schneider LK, Stolte W, Traboni C (2019) Mixotrophic protists and a new paradigm for marine ecology: where does plankton research go now? Journal of Plankton Research. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbz026



MSCA Researchers night 2019: I participated in Barcelona with Claudia Traboni (ESR9) in September 2019, where we presented the N-based NCM-model and live samples of various types of mixoplankton that were simulated by the model

Blog: I published the blog “Finding poetry in mixoplankton with the help of Shakespeare” on the MixITiN website (

School outreach:

  • Helsingor (DK) 2018: teaching highschool children about mixoplankton and computer modelling
  • Swansea University 2018: Teaching hearing impaired children about mixoplankton and marine food webs

FameLab 2019: I participated with a three-minute talk on stage.