Studies in Biology and Geography for teaching (M.Ed., Gymnasum) at Kiel University
since 2016 doctoral candidate at Kiel Science Outreach Campus
Experiment and simulation - Interaction of scientific working methods
Scientific work is primarily associated with experiments as a form of gaining knowledge whereas other established working methods such as modelling or simulation experiments are less well known. Especially in areas such as climate or marine research, however, knowledge acquisition processes based on models and analyses are crucial. In this project, the understanding of the interaction between real and simulation experiments will be investigated under the construct “Nature of Science”. Another focus is on the content-related understanding of marine ecology and changes in motivational factors. The project is located in the ocean:lab of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt. A second site for investigation is planned for a public exhibition space on the Kiel Fjord.
A comparative study of real experiment and science-based computer simulation on ocean acidification has already been conducted. Initial evaluations show no difference with regard to the increase in knowledge, but a higher situational interest becomes apparent when working with computer simulations. Simultaneously, a simulation as well as hands-on experiments with the same subject matter on the topic of climate change in the Baltic Sea will be developed in order to examine these in combination with the above-mentioned factors. The individual drivers of climate change in the Baltic Sea as well as their dependencies and effects on different organisms are presented on the basis of scientific results.