05/2016 – 04/2018
Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany).
11/2015 – 04/2016
Visiting scientist at the Institute for Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany).
07/2015 – 09/2016
Voluntary member at the Center of Excellence PLECO (Plant and Vegetation Ecology), University of Antwerp (Belgium).
10/2012 – 07/2015
Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center of Excellence PLECO (Plant and Vegetation Ecology), University of Antwerp (Belgium). I was working as an expert on soil greenhouse gas measurements mainly within the POPFULL project. The main tasks included a) the build-up of a state-of-the-art automated chamber measurement system for the simultaneous quantification of soil CO2, CH4, N2O and CO fluxes, b) the application of this system in a poplar bioenergy plantation in Belgium, and c) the analysis of the measured soil greenhouse gas fluxes.
Research stay at the research station Hyytiälä SMEAR II (Finland). Laboratory-based measurement campaign for the project “Inter-comparison of N2O chambers using laser absorption spectrometry”.
09/2008 – 05/2012
PhD in Agroecology at SAFE – Graduate School of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Aarhus University (Denmark). The title of the PhD thesis was “Net ecosystem exchange of carbon dioxide and microbial methane dynamics in temperate grasslands on peat”. The project was supervised by senior scientist Søren O. Petersen, Associate Professor Lars Elsgaard (both Aarhus University), and Junior Professor Lars Kutzbach (University of Hamburg, Germany).The microbial analysis of the CH4 dynamics in temperate grasslands on peat was conducted in cooperation with Professor Ralf Conrad at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Marburg, Germany). This PhD was conducted in the context of the research project SINKS 7.
01/2011 – 02/2011
Research stay at the Institute of Soil Science, University of Hamburg (Germany). Analysis of CO2 flux data from Danish drained peatlands under different agricultural management types, and the subsequent modelling of annual CO2 balances for these ecosystems. Supervisor: Junior Professor Lars Kutzbach.
06/2010 – 07/2010
Research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Marburg, Germany). Characterization of uncultivated Archaea in peat samples from Danish drained peatlands managed as grasslands (T-RFLP fingerprinting, clone libraries). Supervisor: Professor Ralf Conrad.
11/2009 – 01/2010
Research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Marburg, Germany). Characterization of uncultivated Archaea in peat samples from Danish drained peatlands managed as grasslands (T-RFLP fingerprinting). Supervisor: Professor Ralf Conrad.
01/2008 – 08/2008
Research assistant at the Department of Agroecology and Environment, Aarhus University (Denmark). The main tasks consisted in contributing to the establishment of the SINKS 7 project sites, the design of the measurement equipment and monitoring protocols, and teaching the technicians involved in the project how to conduct CO2 flux measurements with transparent chambers.
10/2002 – 12/2007
Diploma in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (major subject: peatland ecology, minor subject: vegetation ecology) at the University of Greifswald (Germany). The diploma thesis was entitled “The influence of a changing climate on the CH4 emission dynamics of a boreal mire – a comparison between 1993 and 2006”. The thesis was embedded in the project “Eurasian Peatlands in a Changing Climate (EURAPECC) – the methane component”. The diploma thesis was supervised by the PI of EURAPECC, PhD Martin Wilmking, and the Finnish cooperation partner from the University of Joensuu, PhD Sanna Saarnio.
07/2007 – 10/2007
Consultant for DUENE e.V. – Institut für Dauerhafte Umweltgerechte Entwicklung von Naturräumen der Erde – for the preparation of an expertise regarding the effect of climate change on biodiversity and nature conservation in the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania („Studie zu den Auswirkungen der Klimaänderung für das Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern für den Schwerpunkt Biodiversität/Naturschutz“). Client: Federal state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany). The expertise was written in cooperation with scientists from the University of Greifswald and the University of Rostock (Germany). My focus was on climate change projections for Germany, as well as the impact of climate change on beech forests and salt meadows.
07/2006 – 10/2006
Research stay at the Mekrijärvi Research Station (Finland). Quantification of soil CH4 fluxes from a pristine peatland using the static chamber method. Data collection for the diploma thesis. Supervisors: PhD Martin Wilmking (University of Greifswald, Germany) and PhD Sanna Saarnio (University of Joensuu, Finnland).