Function and Responsibilities:
Leader of the Working Group Hillslope- and Ecohydrology
Investigation of hydrological processes with innovative experimental/data analytical methods and numerical modelling:
- Influence of geomorphology, geology, vegetation, subsurface structures and preferential flow on hydrological response and water storage
- Soil moisture as a control for runoff response
- Root water uptake
- Use of tracers for the investigation of hydrological processes: stable isotopes, dye tracers, geogenic tracers, temperature
- Investigation of groundwater-surface water interactions with various methods, e.g. high spatial resolution fibre optic temperature sensing
- Dynamics and controls of groundwater recharge
- Connecting paleo-climatic proxy time series with recent hydrological data sets
Leader of the Working Group "Hillslope and Ecohydrology"
Distinguished Visiting Fellow University of Birmingham, UK
4/2009 – present
Scientist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
Guest Scientist at the University of Keele, UK.
Acting Head (Lehrstuhlvertretung) of the Chair „Water- and Matter Transport in Landscapes“, Leader of the working group „Hydrological Processes“, University of Potsdam.
Research associate within the Project „Room for the river/Retaining water in the landscape“- ERANET CRUE, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
8/2002 – 12/2007
PhD student at the Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
Research Assistant, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam.
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Bioresource Engineering, Oregon State University.
Internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Limnophysics.
Internship at the Institut of Terrestrial Ecology, Bangor, Wales, UK, Department of Geobiochemistry.
Defense of Doctoral Thesis. Title:
„Hydrological processes in volcanic ash soils – Measuring, modeling and understanding runoff generation in an undisturbed catchment“8/2002 – 12/2007
PhD student, Institute for Geoecology, University of Potsdam (a total of 12 months spent in Chile).
Defense of M.S. Thesis. Title: “
Effect of Salinity on Particle Release and Changes in Hydraulic Conductivity in Sediments”
Oregon State University, Corvallis. Department of Bioresource Engineering, M.S. Program.
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Major: Hydrology
University of Kaiserslautern, Major: Chemistry
- DFG Research Unit (Forschergruppe) FOR 1598 From Catchments as Organised Systems to Models based on Dynamic Functional Units (CAOS) - Synthesizing remote sensing, geophysics and process hydrology with a suitable mathematical framework to improve hydrological modelling at the lower mesoscale (Duration: 2012-2018)
- PI in Project G,Phase II: "Hydrological connectivity and its controls on hillslope- and catchment scale stream flow generation"
- PI in Project D,Phase II: Spatio-temporal dynamics of water storage, mixing and release
- PI in Project G, Phase I: "Linking internal pattern dynamics and integral responses - Identification of dominant controls with a strategic sampling design"
- PI in Project H,Phase I: "Residence times across scales: from plot to catchment scale”
- Co-PI in Project I,Phase I: "From subsurface structures to functions and texture - linking virtual realities and experiments at the plot and hillslope scales”
- DFG Project HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution):
Identifying dominant controls on hillslope functioning and feedback processes by
interdisciplinary experiments along chronosequences
- H2020 Marie Curie RISE project HIFREQ: Smart high-frequency environmental sensor networks for quantifying nonlinear hydrological process dynamics across spatial scales
- TERENO (Duration: 2011-2025): Coordinator of the hydrology work package
- ICLEA – Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis (Duration: 2012-2017) – PI Work package 1: Hydrological and climate data
- Helmholtz Alliance Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics: WP H3: Development of GNSS reflectometry for soil moisture retrieval at the field scale and for global applications
Research Boards and Committees:
- Executive Editor for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
- Chair of the AGU Technical Committee on Catchment Hydrology
- Member of the steering committee of the German Hydrological Society (DHG)
- Member of the AGU Award Committee for the Langbein Award
- Coordinator of the “Outstanding Student Poster Award for the Hydrological Sciences Division” at the EGU meetings (2011-2014)
- Convener at EGU and AGU meetings
- Member of the EGU Subdivision on Catchment Hydrology
- EGU-Short Course: Field-instrumentation of research catchments
- Member of the steering committee of ICLEA – The Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses
- Referee for ISI journals (Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research,…)
- Editor of Frontiers in Earth Science
- Referee for the German Science Foundation (DFG)
- Referee for the Swiss Science Foundation SNF
- Initialization and maintenance of the “Experimental Hydrology Wiki”, a platform for the exchange of experiences with different types of hydrological equipment and the evaluation of sensors
- 2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellow University of Birmingham
- 2009-2010 Selected participant within the ProFiL-Programme for scientific leadership training of the Technical University Berlin, the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Free University Berlin and the University of Potsdam
- 2008 YSOPP Award of the European Geosciences Union (Young Scientist Outstanding Poster Presentation Award)
- 2004 Scholarship of the Graduate School “Earth Surface Processes”
- 2002 Scholarship of the State of Brandenburg
- 2000 M.G. Cropsey Agricultural Engineering Scholarship
- 1999 Scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg – Oregon Exchange Programme
Recent invited talks
- EGU 2017
- 1st Workshop on Improving the Theoretical Underpinnings of Hydrologic Models, Bertinoro, 2016
- Birmingham 2016