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Curriculum Vitae:

Full Name:

Laura Meret Otter


Research School of Earth Sciences, Building J8, 142 Mills Road, Acton, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Professional Profiles



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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Macquarie University, Australia

Thesis: Micro- to nano-scale architecture and aspects of skeletal growth in marine calcifiers


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany

Thesis: Geochemical characterization of desert varnishes and adjacent dust


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany

Thesis: Comparative material-scientific investigations of cultured pearls

Employment History

Since 2020:

Postdoctoral fellow (full-time) at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2019 – 2020:

Research associate (part-time) and postdoctoral research associate (full-time) at Macquarie University

2016 – 2017:

Teaching assistant, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2014 – 2016:

Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC), Mainz, Germany

2013 – 2014:

Teaching assistant Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Research Funding Acquisition (CI total ~125k AUD)

March 2023:

ANU Major Equipment Committee Grant (lead CI) 84.7k AUD

Provided by the ANU Major Equipment Committee

May 2022:

Director's award for strategic research (sole CI) - 14.7k AUD

provided by the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Nov 2021:

Malacological Research Fund (sole CI) 2,5k AUD

provided by the Malacological Society of Australasia

Jul 2021:

ANU Research School of Earth Sciences Award (sole CI) 3,2k AUD

Awards and Achievements
Feb 2023:

Top cited article in Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 2021-2022, Wiley

Mar 2020:

MDPI Crystals, Travel Award AUD 1,300

Dec 2019:

International Synchrotron Access Program (Austr. Synchrotron & ANSTO) Travel Award AUD 5,600

Sep 2019:

Beate Mocek Award (German Mineralogical Society) AUD 1,600

Jul 2018:

Macquarie University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, Postgraduate Research Fund Incl. Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Commendation AUD 5,500

Jun 2017:

Best oral presentation at EPS HDR Conference 2017, Macquarie University AUD 50

Jan 2016:

Australian Government, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship AUD 200,000

Aug 2015:

Max Planck Graduate School grading “superior” for outstanding master’s thesis

Dec 2014:

Johannes Gutenberg University’s faculty award for outstanding bachelor’s thesis AUD 200

Dec 2014:

Johannes Gutenberg University’s Foundation for Gem Material and Economic Geology, Travel Award, AUD 400

Invited Seminar lectures and talks

Aug 2022:

"Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM) and its application to biominerals"

School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ecole Ppolytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Aug 2022:

“Growth dynamics and amorphous-to-crystalline phase transformation in natural nacre”

Invited talk at the Gordon Research Seminar on Biomineralization, Barcelona, Spain

Aug 2022:

“Nanoscale phase-identification using Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM): Application examples from biomineralogy”

Asian School of the Environment and Earth Observatory Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

​Mar 2020:

"Australian non-bead cultured “keshi” pearls from P. imbricata fucata and P. maxima

Broken Bay Pearls, Pearls of Australia, Mooney Mooney, NSW, Australia

Aug 2018:

“Natural & cultured pearls: background & introduction to different pearl types”

Department of Material Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Aug 2018:

“The sub-micron architecture and growth dynamics of bivalve shells”

Department of Material Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Teaching Experience:

2021 – 2022:

Australian National University, ‘EMSC 4017: Earth and Marine Science Honours’, honors project supervision

2016 – 2017:

Macquarie University, undergraduate course ‘GEOS112: the Planet Earth’, prac demonstrating and marking

2013 – 2014:

 Johannes-Gutenberg University, ‘Mineralogy’, teaching assistant, demonstrating spectroscopy instruments in undergrad pracs

Student Theses Supervision:

  • Shiladitya Mazumdar,

PhD thesis entitled “Biomineralization pathways and element partitioning in calcium carbonate” (2022), Macquarie University

  • Oliver M. Medd,

BSc Honours thesis entitled “An aquaculture-based calibration of bivalve shell isotope and trace element thermometry using the Sydney cockle ” (2022), the Australian National University,

first-class honours distinction

Professional Service:

Peer reviewing:

I have acted as a pee-reviewer for several international interdisciplinary and discipline journals on a  regular basis including:

  • Chemical Society Reviews (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  • Climate of the Past (EGU & Copernicus Publications)

  • European Journal of Mineralogy (EGU & Copernicus Publications)

  • Gems and Gemology (Gemological Institute of America, GIA)

  • Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research (John Wiley & Sons)

  • Marine Biology (Springer Nature)

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (National Academy of Sciences, NAS)

  • Science Advances (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS)

Since April 2021, I am a member of the GIA’s Editorial Review Board for the peer-reviewed journal Gems & Gemology.

Conference session chairing:

  • Session 1 "Characterizing Earth Materials in Three Dimensions' at the Geoanalysis 2022 Conference, Freiberg, Germany.

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