Ane Liv Berthelsen


I specialized in biodiversity, ecology and evolution, because my main interests in biology stretches from who we are and why we live where we do to how we got here. As a visiting researcher working mainly in the genetic lab on the samples from Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella), I have the opportunity to combine my love for the ocean with my interest in large animals. This species of seals provides a very fascinating insight into natural populations, as the species was once hunted to near extinction, yet managed to turn the tide.

Previous Research and Other Interests

For 5 years during my university education, I worked as a science educator at an aquarium. A versatile job, where I cleaned the aquariums, fed the animals and trained the center’s seals and sharks, while educating the center’s guests about the ocean and the animals inhabiting it. It was in this position, that I truly became fascinated with marine animals and steered my research interests towards these incredible ocean dwellers.

In my Master’s thesis I used camera trapping to estimate abundance and density of the European Wildcat (Felis silvestris). The species is seldom seen and avoid human settlements, which makes management and species protection tricky. The results support that the species is currently doing quite well in Central Germany.

In my bachelor’s thesis I investigated the plastic response to a heat gradient in the African Social Spider (Stegodyphus dumicola). The species is one of the known animal species with the least amount of genetic diversity, which could potentially limit their ability to adapt to climate change. The project suggests that while the species can adapt to increasing temperatures, it struggles to adapt when the temperatures are decreasing.


Prof. Dr. Joe Hoffman, University of Bielefeld

Curriculum Vitae
  • 2021-present: Early career researcher – University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2021: Science Educator – The Limfjord Museum
  • 2016-2021: Student Science Educator – The Kattegatcentre
  • 2018-2020: Double MSc Biology, Biodiversity. Ecology and Evolution – Aarhus University, Denmark and Göttingen Univerity, Germany.
  • 2015-2018: BSc Biology – Aarhus University

Contact Details

Department of Animal Behaviour
Bielefeld University
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

email: anelivberthelsen[at]
Linkedin: Ane Liv Berthelsen