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

Teaching Experience:

2021 – present

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 Supervision:

Oliver M. Medd - BSc Honours:

June 2021 to July 2022 (completed, first class Honours)

Click here to learn more about Oliver's project

Awards and Achievements
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

Jul 2018:

Geoanalysis2018 conference registration sponsored by NSW Government AUD 680

Jun 2017:

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

May 2018:

Sponsored open access Ppublishing fees for invited article in MDPI Minerals, AUD 1700

Jan 2016:

Australian Government, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship AUD 200,000

Oct 2015:

Max Planck Graduate School, Travel Grant, AUD 1,500

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

Research Funding (PI total ~20,400 AUD)

May 2022:

Director's award for strategic research - 14,700 AUD

provided by the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Nov 2021:

Malacological Research Fund - 2,500 AUD

provided by the Malacological Society of Australasia

Jul 2021:

ANU Research School of Earth Sciences Award - 3,200 AUD

Two fully sponsored days of SHRIMP time.

Jan 2021:

Named postdoctoral scholar on the successful ARC Discovery Project “Maximising accuracy and reliability of carbonate climate proxy archives” (CI: Prof Dr Dorrit Jacob, ANU)

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.