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

Hi, I am Sylvia

My background:
BSc Forestry, Minor: Meteorology & Climatology

My field of interest:
PALEOECOLOGY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Advanced Plant Biology: Paleoecology
  • Paleoecology & Paleoclimatology of the Alps and their Forelands
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment
  • Holocene Vegetation History of the Central and Southern Alps
  • Palaeoclimatological and Palaeoecological Excursion
  • Seminar in Climatology and Climate Risks
  • Climatology I and III

My research focus:
Climate reconstruction. I am especially interested in vegetation dynamics and the connection to climate change and human influence

My master thesis:
"Postglacial interactions between climate, vegetation, land use and fire dynamics in Northern Greece"

My affiliation:
Institute of Plant Sciences: Terrestrial Paleoecology

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