I'm a geochemist, volcanologist and magmatic petrologist, working on understanding how magmas are generated and stored in the Earth's crust and what makes them erupt. My research includes fieldwork, geochemical analyses of natural samples, high-temperature experiments and thermodynamic and thermomechanical modelling.
I am particularly interested in processes at the interface of different temperature regimes, such as where magma interacts with cold crust and where magmatism drives hydrothermal systems.
At present, I am a Buck postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, working on how magmatic volatiles like water and carbon dioxide affect the eruptive behavior of large silicic magmatic systems, such as Yellowstone. Previously, I was a postdoc in the group of Chris Huber at Brown University (USA), and completed my PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland).
Doctorate at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Advisors: Olivier Bachmann, Ben Ellis, Peter Ulmer
Thesis title: "The generation of low-δ18O rhyolites along the Yellowstone hotspot track: Constraints from experiments, oxygen isotopes and thermal models"
MSc Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Advisors: Olivier Bachmann, Ben Ellis
Thesis title: "A magma reservoir prior to a Yellowstone supereruption: Constraints from the Mount Jackson Rhyolite and Island Park dome series, Yellowstone/USA"
BSc Geosciences at University of Kiel, Germany
Advisors: Armin Freundt, Steffen Kutterolf
Thesis title: "Evolution of volcanic deposits of Antuco volcano, SVZ/Chile"
since Oct 2020
Feb 2019 - Sep 2020
Oct 2014 - Jan 2019
Postdoctoral researcher/Buck fellow Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, USA
Investigating the role of water as a control for the effusive-explosive transition in Yellowstone rhyolites
Postdoctoral researcher Brown University/ETH Zurich, USA/Switzerland
joint project NSF/SNSF: Tracking the exsolution and migration of volatiles in shallow magma reservoirs
Research assistant ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Assistant for SEM lab and Karl-Fischer titration apparatus. Teaching assistant.
Research stay University of Cape Town, South Africa
3-week training on laser fluorination and conventional silicate lines for oxygen isotope analysis
Lab assistant ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Sample preparation, heavy mineral separation, EPM and LA-ICPMS analyses, managing group website
Research internship University of Leicester, UK
Summer research project on correlation of high-temperature rhyolitic ignimbrites in the Snake River Plain, Idaho/USA
Lab assistant University of Kiel
Rock crushing, heavy mineral separation
Awards, scholarships and grants
Buck Fellowship, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA
ETH Career Seed grant "Will it melt? Testing crustal melting in the Krafla volcanic field (Iceland)"
American Philosophical Society Franklin grant in support of fieldwork in Yellowstone
ETH Silver Medal for outstanding dissertation
Beate Mocek Award of the German Mineralogical Society for young female scientists in the field of petrology/geochemistry
ETH student travel grant in support of thesis-related fieldwork
Student travel grant for attendance of short course "Diamonds and Mantle Petrology"
DAAD Rise worldwide research scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Network in support of research internship at the University of Leicester (UK)