From the moment I decided I wanted to study at a university, I knew it would be in biology. Reading every book on animals I could get my hands on as a kid, I was always especially intrigued by the field of biomimetics (for short: bionics). When the time came for me to choose a course of study, biomimetics wasn't yet an option in any German university. Hence, I jumped into classic Biology at my school of choice, Bochum University. Toward the end of my general studies when I had to decide on a topic for my diploma thesis (an equivalent for a Master's), I participated in an excursion to Sinai, Egypt. It was a class on coral reef ecology taught by Professor Tollrian, and included dozens of SCUBA dives for hands-on reef experience. During that trip I fell in love with SCUBA diving and marine ecology, and furthermore decided that I wanted to join Prof. Tollrian’s lab for my thesis studies.