I have always enjoyed being outside, playing in river and climbing trees for as long as I can remember and my professional life has been shaped by that desire. I am originally from a small town in South West Germany where I also obtained my first Degree in Earth Sciences from the Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany). After my bachelor degree I did a 3 month internship at the German conservation organisations Schutzstation Wattenmeer on the North Sea Island Sylt. My first contact to Wetland conservation. I then moved on to my big adventure Scotland to start my Master in Urban Water and Environmental Management at Abertay University, Dundee. After studying nature I then moved on to environmental protection and climate change mitigation. My new passion has lead me to many different areas of work in the past, ranging from outreach work in earth sciences at St Andrews University and climate challenge projects to waste management work.
I joined the WWT’s Working Wetland Team in May 2018 to work on a catchment based Natural Flood Management Project in West Somerset. We are working in partnership with the Environment Agency within the Monksilver and Doniford Catchment area in Williton.
The Monksilver Doniford NFM Project aims to restore a more natural way of flood water management in West Somerset and adapt to climate change and rising sea levels. We are working with natural processes to create a landscape that will be more resilient to flooding while also providing cleaner water and creating wildlife habitats. Through long-term monitoring we hope to expand the evidence base for NFM.
I have worked on different engagement projects in the last years, in particular promoting Earth Sciences around secondary schools and raising awareness of Climate Change and its consequences in a University as well as community environment. I have supported grassroots movements and have gained experience in field skills such as geological mapping and geomorphological surveying. I am currently improving my knowledge of spatial analyses in GIS. For my current role as Project Manager I had to develop a fair amount of organisational skills.