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About me

I work at Forschungszentrum Jülich, a large research center in Germany, at the Institute for Climate and Energy Systems. I was awarded a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group that will start in October 2024. The focus of our research will be the impact of climate stress on forest emissions and resulting particle pollution. The project will include Zeppelin flights over forests and plant chamber experiments. More information on this project can be found here.

Until fall 2023, I was a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. There, in Allen Goldstein's group, I used aircraft-based measurements to map the emissions of important air pollution precursors - volatile organic compounds. The results will help us and policy makers understand which emission sources are most important in forming health- and climate-impacting surface ozone and particle. This research resulted in a paper in Science.

I did my PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Jonathan Williams' group, investigating human influence on atmospheric reactivity both in the Amazon rainforest and in the Middle East.

I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. During that time, I spent a wonderful exchange semester at Université de Montréal in Canada and an inspiring research semester at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on an island in the North Sea.

 

Probably the most formative 12 months of my life happened before university, when I spent a year in development service in Cambodia with the environmental organization Mlup Baitong funded by the German Ministry of International Cooperation & Development .

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Education

2015-2019

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

2013-2015

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Master of Science in Chemical Biology. Thesis: The effects of salinity and alkalinity on the hydrogen isotope composition of long-chain alkenones in Emilania huxleyi.

2011 - 2012

Université de Montréal

Exchange semester including research internship in the Department of Environmental Chemistry.

2009-2013

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Thesis: Light- and signal-induced pheromone production in Seminavis robusta.

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

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Photo: A. Edtbauer/MPIC

A crazy thing I like to do...

...is taking my viola with me on field campaigns. Be it the aft deck of a research ship or the top of an observation tower, it's fun to play music in weird locations!
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Photo: Steffen Dörner/MPIC
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