Curriculum Vitae


  • Since 01/2019

PhD thesis "Plastikmüll in Seevogelnestern: Systematische Analyse der Herkunft und Auswirkungen auf Brutpopulationen in der Deutschen Bucht"  (Plastic waste in seabirds' nests: Systematic analysis of its provenance and effects on breeding populations in the German Bight), financed by a scholarship of the municipality of Heligoland.

  • Since 01/2018

Head of station on ornithology and finances, island station Heligoland, Verein Jordsand e. V.


  • 10/2017 – 12/2017

Scientific employee with a master’s degree at the island station of the Institute of AVian Research „Vogelwarte Helgoland“, Wilhelmshaven


  • 05/2011 – 09/2011

Permanent appointment as marketing professional with Bad Nauheim City Marketing and Tourism Ltd.


  •  10/2014 – 09/2017

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Master’s programme “Umweltwissenschaften / Environmental Sciences”

  • 10/2011 – 09/2014

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Bachelor’s programme “Umweltnaturwissenschaften”


  • 04/2017 – 06/2017

Student assistant at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg as guide of ornithological excursions for bachelor’s students.


  • 03/2016 – 06/2016

Trainee at the island station of the Institute of Avian Research „Vogelwarte Helgoland“

  • 08/2014 – 10/2014

Trainee at „Sustainability Projects“, Merzhausen, in scope of the project: “Carbonisation of waste wood in the forestry sector: EFRE-Programme ‘Cluster forestry and wood’"


  • 01/2016

Bird ringing course at the ornithological station Radolfzell (Max Planck Institute for ornithology)


  • 08/2008 – 01/2011

Apprenticeship as "Tourism and leisure Agent" with Bad Nauheim City Marketing and Tourism Ltd.


  • 07/2007 – 04/2008

Protestant day care centre “Arche Noah”, Bad Vilbel


  •  2003 – 2007

Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium, Bad Vilbel


  • Eikenaar, C., Ballstaedt, E., Hessler, S., Klinner, T., Müller, F., Schmaljohann,

H. (2018): Cues, corticosterone and departure decisions in a partial migrant. General and Comparative Endocrinology (261): 59-66.

  • Eikenaar, C., Hessler, S., Ballstaedt, E., Schmaljohann, H., Kaiya, H. (2018):

Ghrelin, corticosterone and the resumption of migration from stopover, an automated telemetry study. Physiology & Behavior (194): 450-455.