Research interests

Sustainable water resources management is one of the biggest challenges of the 21th century. It requires a balance of interests between water use, water protection and flood control. Within this nexus my research focus lies on the field of river management, respectively in the understanding of fluvial and geomorphological processes and related natural hazards.

Specifically my interests are:

  • Large wood in torrents and rivers
  • Fluvial geomorphology and ecological hydraulic engineering
  • Interaction of water, forest and natural hazards
  • Hydrological extreme events
  • GIS modeling

Education and employment

Since 2015: Scientific employee with the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, research unit «Mountain Hydrology and Mass Movements»

2013-2014: Master of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Water Resources. Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU), ETH Zürich. Thesis «River-Monitoring in the Canton Thurgau»

2013: Employment with Pöyry Schweiz AG in Zürich, Water and Environment section. River assessments in the Canton St. Gallen (ecomorphology, hydraulic engineering register& neophytes), data management in GIS

2012: Internship at the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) in Berne, Section for Rural Development. Regional development projects, natural resources, sustainability assessments and controlling

2005 – 2011: Master of Science in Geography at the University of Zürich. Minors in Environmental and Earth Sciences. Thesis «Requirements for a Water Exchange in Southern Alberta – A Stakeholder Assessment»