About me

First name: Julia

Last name: Samson

Occupation: Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Collective Behaviour @ Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Climate range: -10˚C to 35˚C, low humidity

Dietary needs: Belgian chocolate, dairy products

Exercising needs: horse riding, diving, dancing

Intellectual needs: reading, traveling, music

Care instructions: thrives best in a multidisciplinary, international environment

Taking measurements of the camera set-up used for 3D video recording in the field.

Taking measurements of the camera set-up used for 3D video recording in the field.

When asked what I do for a living, my usual answer is "I clean up jellyfish poop," which is partially true. But that's really just a means to a more interesting end: studying (marine) organisms, their behavior, and their interactions with the physical environment.

For the past few years, I have been studying the fluid dynamics of pulsing behavior in xeniid corals. These soft corals generate fluid flows that influence local nutrient and gas exchange. For my current research project, I try to figure out whether there is a pattern to the collective pulsing behavior, what influences this behavior, and how differences in the collective pulsing (for example different timings or pulse frequencies) affect local flow fields.

My background is in biology, with a tendency towards biomechanics and mathematical modeling of biological systems. Where possible, I like to integrate different approaches to a biological question by combining experimental work, modeling, and fieldwork. I also strive to look for solutions outside of my field through collaborations with mathematicians and engineers, among others. The more pieces we have, the better we can solve the puzzle!

Keep track of my work!

You can keep track of my latest work and publications on Researchgate and LinkedIn and download the latest version of my C.V. here (last updated on May 28, 2018).