I am a researcher at the South Central Climate Science Center, located in Norman, Oklahoma, United States. 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 working on cattle and sheep farms in Australia, I always understood the vulnerability of agriculture to drought, heat, or other unseasonal conditions. In February 2018 I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Ph.D. in geography, studying decision making in winter wheat farming and accuracy of seasonal climate forecasts tailored for winter wheat producers in the south-central U.S.
Communicating complex science in non-science-y ways have always been a great interest of mine. While studying in Germany and before starting my Ph.D., I had been working as a freelance photographer and writer for newspapers and news agencies covering topics from science and academia to sports and human interest. 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.