Master student profiles

Our MSc students have diverse backgrounds and fields of interest. They tailor their curriculum for their particular research focus and master thesis project.
Check out a few student profiles.

Hi, I am Nicole

My background:
BSc Geography

My field of interest:
PALEO-CLIMATE

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment
  • Quaternary Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Quaternary Dating Course
  • Environmental- and Limnogeology
  • Palaeoclimatological and Palaeoecological Excursion
  • Seminar in Climatology and Climate Risks
  • Introduction into Historical Climatology

My research focus:

Climate reconstruction. I am especially interested in past extreme events and water related processes in alpine environments.

My master thesis:
"Flood event reconstructions in the sediments of the alpine Lake Grosssee at Flumserberg"

My affiliation:
Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimatology research group

Hi, I am Michael

My background:
BSc Economics
BSc Business Administration FH

My field of interest:
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Climate Economics
  • Environmental Economics: Introduction
  • Climatology I-III
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Climate Change Uncertainty and Risk
  • Political Economy of Climate Change
  • The International and European Law on Climate Change
  • Climate Risk Assessment

My research focus:
Economical means to encourage ecologically sustainable behaviour.

Hi, I am Anna Kulakovskaya

My background:
BA in World Economy and International Affairs

My field of interest:
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Political Economy of Climate Change
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Resource Economics
  • Climate and Energy Policy

My research focus:
Modelling of endogenous technological change in economic models of climate change and analyzing its impact on countries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

My affiliation:
Department of Economics

My commitment:
I am a Co-President of the Climate Sciences Student Council

I am Thomas Roelli

My background:
BSc Geosciences

My field of interest:
CLIMATE IMPACTS AND ATMOSPHERIC DYNAMICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Introduction to Climate and Environmental Physics
  • Climate Risk Assessment
  • Dynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences I+II
  • Environmental Economics
  • Cloud Dynamics: Hurricanes

My research focus:
Modelling of natural hazards and their impact on infrastructure and humans. The models should be applicable with little professional knowledge and data input.

My master thesis:
"Implementation of a global shallow landslide model in CLIMADA: feasibility and reliability"

My affiliation:
Climate Impact research group

Hi, my name is Eva

My background:
BA Environmental Studies (with focus on human and societal aspects)

My field of interest:
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Climate and Energy Policy
  • Water Policy
  • Political Economy on Climate Change
  • Environmental Economics
  • Statistics in Climate Sciences
  • Policy Analysis I
  • Palaeoclimatological and Palaeoecological Excursion

My master thesis:
"Cantonal Climate Adaptation Policies: How to explain differences regarding political answers in order to confront climate change consequences in their various forms?"

My internship ...
is with WWF Switzerland, division for politics. This practical experience builds on knowledge I have gained through my thesis and key courses such as Climate and Energy Policy or Policy Analysis I.

My affiliation:
Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO) research group

Hi, I am Lieveke

My background:
BA Archaeology, with a focus on North-Western Europe

My field of interest:
PALEOECOLOGY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Advanced Plant Biology: Paleoecology
  • Quaternary Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Paleoecology and Paleoclimatology of the Alps and their Forelands
  • Holocene Vegetation History of the Central and Southern Alps
  • Palaeoclimatological and Palaeoecological Excursion
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences
  • Climatology I - III

My research focus:
Vegetation and climate reconstruction. I am especially interested in the roles of climate and land use on vegetation change.

My master thesis:
“Reconstructing Holocene vegetation dynamics and the roles of climate and land use at Lago Inferiore del Sangiatto”

My affiliation:
Institute of Plant Sciences: Terrestrial Paleoecology

My commitment:
I am a Co-President of the Climate Sciences Student Council

My name is Mauro Bolzern

My background:
BSc Geography, Minor History

My field of interest:
CLIMATE HISTORY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Introduction to Historical Climatology
  • Methods of Climate Reconstruction
  • Climate History and Paleoclimatology
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment
  • Large-scale climate variability
  • Modelling in Hydrology

My research focus:
Physical basis of historical climatology and impacts on past societies. I disentangle past climate and climate forcings from outcomes, perceptions and management strategies.

My master thesis:
"Reconstruction of historical floods of the Aare river in Aarau".
I investigate documentary sources in the Argovian archives for my research.

My affiliation:
Department of Economic, Social, and Environmental History at the Institute of History

Hi, I am Katrin

My background:
BA International Relations

My field of interest:
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Climate and Energy Policy
  • The International and European Law on Climate Change
  • Climate Economics
  • Climatology I and III
  • Remote Sensing in Climatology
  • Palaeoclimatological and Palaeoecological Excursion

My research focus:
National and international politics and climate change

Hi, I am Moritz

My background:
BSc Environmental Science

My field of interest:
ATMOSPHERIC AND CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Introduction to Climate and Environmental Physics
  • Introduction to Climate Modelling
  • Environmental Fluid Dynamics
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Ciruclation and Modes of Variability
  • Climate Risk Assessment
  • Dynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow

My research focus:
Past and future changes of atmospheric dynamics and modes of variability in the Atlantic region (North Atlantic Oscillation, West African Monsoon). To investigate this, I use millenia-scale simulations of coupled atmosphere-ocean global circulation models (AOGCM).

My master thesis:
"Changing teleconnection patterns in the Atlantic from 850-2100 AD - Seasonality and the role of atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interaction"

My affiliation:
Climate and Environmental Physics