Biographical summary

I am an atmospheric scientist with a strong background in numerical modeling of weather and climate, cloud physics, and mountain meteorology. In my current role at Lear I study and provide the weather-related corrections necessary for high-precision GPS positioning. I previously worked as a project scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to address the parameterization of shallow cumulus clouds in the Department of Energy's global climate models. During Postdoc appointments I studied aspects of deep convective clouds with David Romps (UC Berkeley) and Christoph Schaer (ETH Zurich). I was born and raised near Munich in Germany and moved to Austria to receive my M.S. 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.

In my free time you will find me splitboarding or climbing in the Sierras, surfing along the Californian coast, or maintaining my garden at home in Santa Cruz.

Professional experiences

09/2018-present
  • Senior Meteorological Engineer
    • Vehicle Positioning Department, Lear Corporation, San Mateo
01/2018-07/2018
  • Project Scientist
    • Climate and Ecosystems Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley
2013-2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Climate and Ecosystems Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley
2009-2012
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    • Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2007-2008
  • M.S. Student Researcher
    • Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics, Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, Austria

Education

2009-2012
  • 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
2002-2008
  • 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

Awards

2008 "Youth Scientist" Travel Award of the European Meteorological Society
2011 "Best Poster" Award at 31st International Conference on Alpine Meteorology
Click here for my academic CV (Last update: 03/18)