Biographical summary

I am a project scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Science Division at Berkeley Lab. My current research addresses the parameterization of shallow cumulus clouds in global climate models. During my Postdoc appointments I studied aspects of deep convective clouds with David Romps (also at Berkeley) and Christoph Schaer (ETH Zurich). I was born and raised near Munich in Germany and moved to Austria to receive my M.S. (Diploma degree) in Meteorology and Geophysics from the University of Innsbruck. To complete my journey across different countries in the Alps, I later obtained my PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where I worked with Christoph on cloud-resolving modeling of orographic convection.

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Professional experiences

  • Project Scientist
    • Climate and Ecosystem Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Climate and Ecosystem Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    • Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • M.S. Student Researcher
    • Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics, Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, Austria


  • Ph.D., ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
    • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences
    • Thesis title: Multiscale aspects of cloud-resolving simulations of moist summer convection over complex terrain
    • Adviser: Prof. Christoph Schär
  • B.S./M.S., University of Innsbruck, Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics
    • Mag.rer.nat. (M.S. equivalent) in Meteorology and Geophysics (with distinction)
    • Thesis title: Cloud-resolving simulations of the August 2005 Alpine flood - The sensitivity to microphysics parameterizations
    • Adviser: Prof. Alexander Gohm


2008 "Youth Scientist" Travel Award of the European Meteorological Society
2011 "Best Poster" Award at 31st International Conference on Alpine Meteorology