I am part of the IDP BRIDGES program of the Plant Science Center, which has the aim of connecting science and policy. In my study I want to understand the interacting effects of seasonal drought events and species phenological stages on fodder production and quality in Swiss grasslands. This knowledge is important to develop adapted management strategies in the face of increased drought events. In cooperation with the Agroscope Reckenholz I conduct field experiments and simulate drought stress events with the help of rainout shelters.
Education and Professional Experience
2/2014 – ongoing: PhD Student in the Sustainable Land Use group, University of Basel, Switzerland
04/2010 – 12/2013: M.Sc. in Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation at the University of Potsdam, Germany
Thesis title: “Feedbacks Between Land Use and Plant Functional Traits of Herbaceous Vegetation in an African Savanna Rangeland”
03/2012 – 05/2012: Research stay in the Namibian Kalahari
10/2011 – 12/2011: Internship at Naturpark Spessart e.V., Gemünden am Main, Germany
10/2006 – 03/2010: B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany