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CV

I'm a German-Italian ecologist and PhD student at the University of Oxford studying ecological restoration of tropical ecosystems. For my PhD I use satellite data to monitor ecosystem recovery and socio-ecological methods to develop restoration interventions backed by the best possible science.

As a triathlete, and former German national team rower I am exceptionally driven, diligent and hard working and bring these virtues to the academic and professional world.

Research: CV

PhD in Geography & the Environment,
University of Oxford

2020-2023

Doctoral degree as part of the Ecosystems Lab and Disturbance ecology Lab. Research on tropical mountain restoration and satellite techniques and social methods for restoration.

Thesis title 'Revisiting the science and practice of ecosystem restoration in tropical mountains'

MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management,

University of Oxford

2018-2020

Two-year international research master spanning knowledge of biodiversity science, conservation governance & technologies to global change and ecosystem science.


Master thesis 'Conservation and functional ecology of mountain ecosystems in South America'

BSc Ecology & Environmental Planning,

TU Berlin

2014-2018

Four-year bachelor degree focused on environmental science and conservation in Germany. Specialisation on climatology, meteorology, modelling and plant sciences.

Bachelor thesis 'How do urban grasslands respond to the urban heat island?'

Scholarships & awards

2014-2022

  • Rhodes Scholarship 

  • Twofold award of Sir Peter Elworthy Grant for environmental research

  • Deutschlandstipendium

  • Sporthilfe Deutsche Bank Stipendium

Research projects

Restoration of high altitude forests in the Peruvian Andes

Socio-ecological research on the barriers and success factors for restoration of mountain forests in the High Andes. For this research I work with multiple NGOs, government actors and communities and use interviews to elucidate on how to best restore these threatened ecosystems.

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Satellite data for monitoring of forest recovery in the Andes

Remote sensing analysis of forest recovery following disturbance in tropical montane forests of South America through a combination of multi-spectral and multi-temporal data analysis methods.

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Young voices in restoration science

Increasing representation of early career scientists in the discourse of ecological restoration through providing a forum at conferences and with a special feature in the journal Restoration Ecology.

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Ecological restoration in tropical mountains

Synthesis of knowledge on mountain restoration across the various mountain ecosystems and across restoration methods and disturbance contexts.

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Functional ecology in the mountains of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Study of the functional assembly and stress-tolerance of trees growing in tree islands amidst grasslands above the tree line. What traits, strategies and trade-offs do they exhibit and what does it mean for their response to climate change?

Image by Riski Andriansyah

Grassland phenology & urbanisation

Study on how the life cycles of herbs and grasses growing in cities respond to the city climate and urban structures.

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Skills & engagements

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Teaching

  • Teaching assistant on Master in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management

  • Teaching of various geography field courses

  • Teaching of online seminars on remote sensing and GIS

Applied ecology

  • Soil and vegetation cartography

  • Hydrological and climatological measurements

  • Carbon cycle measurements

  • Functional trait assessments

  • Restoration ecology

Ecological modelling

  • Remote sensing theory & practice

  • Satellite data analysis in R, ArcGIS, QGIS and Google Earth Engine

  • Statistical modelling in R Studio

Planning

  • Geoinformation Systems (ArcGIS, QGIS) for environmental planning

  • Knowledge of German landscape planning and international environmental impact assessment procedures

Outreach

2023: Presentation at the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery on forest restoration in the Andes

2022: Poster presentation at the European Tropical Biology conference in Montpellier

2021: Presentation at the Oxford Germany Society Graduate Research Symposium.

2021: Guest editor for Restoration Ecology special feature 'Young voices in the UN Decade of restoration'

2021: Symposium organisation and presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association of Tropical Biology (ATBC) on 'A roadmap for restoration in tropical mountains'

2021: Oxford School of Climate Change, Presentation on 'Ecosystem restoration in tropical mountains in the light of climate change'

2021: Tropical Forest Coffee Series, Presentation on 'Functional ecology of tree islands in the Atlantic forest'​

Languages

  • Fluent in German, Italian, English and French and Spanis

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