Scientist & Senior scienfific advisor
Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
Hi! I am a land system scientist working at the Thünen Institute of Forestry (until 30.11.2021: Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics) in Hamburg, Germany. My research interest lies at the interface of human-environment geography and landscape ecology for understanding the interactions of people and their environment (=social-ecological systems, SESs). The multi-scale approach underlying my research builds on a range of methodological approaches, including case studies, systematic reviews, spatial analysis, geosimulation models (agent-based, cellular automata, hybrid approaches), combining biophysical and socio-economic data with qualitative information. Further interests include the mapping of land cover/land use change patterns, habitat fragmentation and landscape connectivity using satellite-based sensors (i.e., GeoEye, Landsat 8, Sentinel 1/2, Worldview) in combination with open-source data repositories. I developed a series of spatial-role play games for teaching purposes at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, hold a teaching certificate for higher education purposes, and possess several years of teaching and supervising under-/and post-graduate students from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.