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Vordiplom ("Vordiplom", BS) in Computer Science and Geophysics, 1997, Potsdam Univ., Germany

Diploma in Geology, 2000, Potsdam University, Germany

Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude), Geology, 2005,
Potsdam University, Germany


Academic Honors

Best PhD-student publication award (Leibniz-Kolleg, Potsdam University)

"Bernd-Rendel-Preis" (Achievement award by the German Sci. Foundation)

Socrates Intensive Program participants (EU sponsored)

Selected participant at the ECRC Advanced Study Course (EU sponsored)


Work Experience and Appointments

since 2011
Assoc. Professor, Geography Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Jun. 2008 - Jul. 2008
Visiting researcher, Inst. f. Geowiss., Potsdam University

since Feb. 2008
Affiliated Faculty, Earth Science Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Asst. Professor, Geography Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Jun. 2007 - Sep. 2007
Visiting researcher, Inst. f. Geowiss., Potsdam University

Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2007
Postdoctoral researcher, GES, Stanford University

Jan. 2005 - Sep. 2007
Adjunct Researcher at the Inst. f. Geowiss., Potsdam University

Jan. 2005 - Feb. 2006
Assistant Researcher, Institute for Crustal Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Jun. 2004 - Nov. 2004
Research Associate at the Space Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley

May 2003 - Dec. 2003
Research Associate at the University of California, Berkeley

Oct. 2001 — Jul. 2002
DAAD Stipend at the University of California, Berkeley

Mar. 2001 - Dec. 2004
DFG (German Sci. Foundation) Graduate Fellow (Potsdam University)

Mar. 1996 - May 2001
Computer coder at a private computer company in Berlin, Germany


Research Interests

Understanding Quaternary climate change, geomorphic processes, landscape evolution, and tectonic processes through integrated studies involving cosmogenic radionuclide dating (He, Ne, Be, Al, Cl), recent and past climatic records, remote sensing, numerical modeling, and field observations. Spatial scales range from hillslopes (100 km2) to entire mountain ranges (~103 km). For smaller scale analysis, I am using a terrestrial laser scanner (Riegl) to create high resolution, cm-scale digital elevation models for erosion-process deciphering.


Field, Laboratory and Computational Experience

Quaternary Climate Change and Landsliding: Northwest Argentine Andes and NW Himalaya

Coastal Active Tectonics: South-central Chile, southern California

Exposure-Age Dating (CRN): NW and central Himalaya, south-central Chile, southeast Kyrgyzstan (Tien Shan)

Landscape Evolution: Southeast Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Range, NW Himalaya, south-central Chile

Computational Experiences: Development of high-resolution algorithms for the NASA TRMM Satellite, Hydrological Modeling of Lake-Level Changes, and landscape evolution modeling


Graduate and Postgraduate Advisors

Postdoctoral Sponsor: George E. Hilley, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Sponsor: Douglas Burbank, Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

PhD Advisor: Manfred R. Strecker, Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Universitaet Potsdam, Germany and Samuel Niedermann, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany