I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. In February of 2018 is finished my Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Oklahoma and the South Central Climate Science Center. And before coming to the U.S. in 2012, I studied geography, meteorology, and cartography at Dresden University of Technology in Germany and graduated with a masters degree equivalent in 2011.
Growing up on a family farm in eastern Germany and later working on cattle and sheep farms in Australia, I learned the vulnerability of agriculture to drought, heat, or other unseasonal conditions. My Ph.D. research was a multi-disciplinary effort to helping crop producers in the Southern Great Plains deal with these challenges. My postdoctoral research looks at climate change impacts to agriculture in the entire Great Plains, assesses the vulnerability of crop and livestock production to changes in temperatures and precipitation, and explores how farmers and ranchers can adapt their practices to reduce losses or even increase benefits.
Communicating complex science in a non-science way has always been a passion of mine. In 2012, I co-founded the Early Career Climate Forum, an online forum and blog connecting graduate students and early-career professional working in areas related to climate science. I am on the ECCF editorial board and a contributing blogger. Prior, while studying in Germany, I worked as a freelance photographer and writer for newspapers and news agencies, covering topics from sports and human interest to science and academia.