Peaceful childhood memories of camping, hiking and water sports in the German countryside are probably the reason why I now work in conservation and can’t see myself in an office job. I love to explore and understand landscapes and started my first Degree in Earth Sciences at the Gutenberg University in Mainz. I then started a very exciting internship at the German Wadden Sea Conservation Station, my first memorable contact with wetland conservation. My next adventure took me to Scotland to start my Master Degree in Water and Environmental Management at Abertay University, Dundee. I then worked on in science communication in the coastal university town St Andrews, very much enjoying the educational aspect of environmental sciences. After I finally got to coordinate a climate change mitigation project back at Abertay University Dundee, I treated myself to a year of working on farms in New Zealand before journeying back to practical conservation work in the UK.
I joined the WWT’s Working Wetland Team in May 2018 as project manager for rural catchments. This practical role in the conservation department combines my interests in wetland conservation, community engagement and sustainable farming practices. My current Two Valleys – Natural Flood Management (NFM) project promotes the multiple benefits of wetlands in the context of a catchment scale approach to sustainable flood risk reduction. Based in West Somerset, I work closely with local communities that partner with WWT to become more resilient against flooding and extreme weather events. The often farm based NFM interventions provide a range of benefits such as water quality and biodiversity improvements, restoration of lost UK wildlife habitats, carbon capture and prevention of soil loss. I am proud to be involved in such forward thinking conservation work, which needs to be promoted globally to prepare communities for climate change.