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Thank you for visiting! Feel free to explore and to contact me, if you have any questions.

I am a wildlife health researcher and science communicator in the Inter-Disciplinary Ecology and Evolution Lab (I-deel) at the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre in the School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Science (BEES).

Feel free to get in touch and send me an email: catharinavendl[at]

My PhD Research

Airway microbiota and overall health

in whales and dolphins

Video about one of my PhD papers by the Australian Academy of Science

About the smallest and largest creatures

I recently (April 2020) completed my PhD in the Mammal Lab at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. My research project investigated the respiratory microbiome of whales and dolphins and its potential use as an indicator for individual and population health.

Other Research Projets

PFAS, the environmental pollutants, and their health consequences for humans and animals

I work on a collaborative project to investigate the health consequences of per- and polyfluorinated substances via systematic mapping and meta-analysis.

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