My research projects range from Exoplanetary Science to Earth & Environmental Science. My current research on the "Diversity of Planets" is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


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There is a hunger for knowing whether we are alone in the Universe. This curiosity drives the exoplanet community to characterize planets outside our Solar system in order to get a picture of other worlds.

Astronomers have made tremendous achievements to find and characterize exoplanets using a wide variety of methods. The complexity of exoplanet interior characterization demands interdisciplinary collaboration in order for the field to reach its potential role in characterizing planets. My research advances the characterization of both individual planets and planet distributions.

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A study about exotic Super-Earths

Geophysical Imaging

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I provided first images of tectonically active structures in the northwest Canterbury plains, New Zealand. Earthquakes are common natural hazards in New Zealand.

New Zealand is located on the collisional boundary between major tectonic plates, the Pacific and the Autralian plate. Earthquake risk assements require knowledge of subsurface geology. My study provided first images of active fault zones beneath a nearly featureless topography of northwest Canterbury. I was co-leader during the field campain in New Zealand, I processed and analysed the seismic and ground-penetrating radar data.

This work was done in the framework of my Diploma thesis.

Environmental Science & Hydrogeophysics

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I developed a method to combine geophysical and hydrological data in order to characterize water aquifer systems.

Groundwater management relies on quantitative aquifer models. I prepared and co-lead two field campaigns, processed and analysed all data, improved the imaging of tracer movements in complex fractured systems, developed 3-D fracture modeling, and developed a stochastic generator of 3-D fracture networks that are conditioned to available hydrological and geophysical data. This work during my PhD and was awarded with the faculty prize.


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I have published in Earth & Environmental Science as well as in Exoplanetary Science.

As I have published in very different fields, not all online databases are complete. So I provide a list of publications for you here and also this link to ORCID:



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I have given lectures for diverse audiences in natural science and art. Here, I reveal the ones that address the natural science audience:

In summer 2019, I give a lecture during the Astrophysical Origins: Pathways from Star Formation to Habitable Planets Program at the Erwin Schroedinger Institute for Mathematics and Physics at the University of Vienna.

ESI Vienna

My other lectures can be found here: