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 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, 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

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, I am Lieveke van Vugt

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

Hi, I'm Duncan

My background:
MA in Social History

My field of interest:
HISTORICAL CLIMATOLOGY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Introduction to Historical Climatology
  • Climatology III
  • Climate Risk Assessment
  • Climate and Environmental Physics
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Circulation and Modes of Variability
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences

My research focus:
Reconstruction of past weather and climate. I aim for a dynamical interpretation of past extremes and natural disasters, as well as an understanding of their link to society. Early instrumental data are of special interest.

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

Hi, I am Sabine

My background:
BSc Geosciences

My field of interest:
CLIMATE IMPACTS AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Dendroecology
  • Methods of Climate Reconstruction
  • Stable Isotopesy
  • Holocene Vegetation History of the Central and Southern Alps
  • Quaternary climate change
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences

My research focus:
The application of dendrological (tree-rings) methods to study the reaction of trees to the environment, especially the impact of drought on tree mortality.

My master thesis:
Assessing drought-induced mortality of Pine and Beech

My affiliation:
Institute of Plant Science, Univ. Bern, and Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf

Hi, I'm Nils

My background:
BSc in Geography, Minor in Astronomy and Sustainable Development

My field of interest:
REMOTE SENSING OF THE CRYOSPHERE

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Remote Sensing in Climatology
  • Microwave Remote Sensing
  • Glaciology and Ice Cores
  • Applied Glaciology
  • Quantification and Modeling of the Cryosphere: Dynamic Processes
  • Climate Risk Assessment
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences

My research focus:
Linking remote sensing and glaciological modeling. I am using >30 years of AVHRR data, collected at the University of Bern, to model glacier mass balance in the past and present.

My affiliation:
Remote Sensing Group at the Institute of Geography

Hi, I am Antoine Thévénaz

My background:
BSc Geosciences

My field of interest:
PALEO-CLIMATE AND PALEO-OCEANOGRAPHY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Quaternary paleoclimate
  • Carbon cycle
  • Quaternary climate change
  • Global biogeochemical cycles and climate
  • Paleosols, sediments and Paleolimnology
  • Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences

My research focus:
Long term carbon storage in deep ocean and variations in marine biogeochemistry during glacial cycles.

My master thesis:
"Constraining the vertical particle export during the last glacial cycle in Southern Indian Ocean sediment cores"

My affiliation:
Paleoceanography and marine biogeochemistry research group

Hi, my name is Isabelle

My background:
BA History, Minor Sustainable Development

My field of interest:
CLIMATE HISTORY

Key courses for my personal curriculum:
  • Introduction to Historical Climatology
  • Methods of Climate Reconstruction
  • Climatology I-III
  • Meteorology I
  • Climate Risk Assessment
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis: History, Theories and Perception in the 16th-21th centuries

My research focus:
Occurrence of weather- and climate-related data in one of the worlds first mass media - the Volkskalender, and changes of perception of natural catastrophes over time.

My master thesis:
"Swiss Volkskalender of the 18-19th Century – A New Source of Climate History".

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

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

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