I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. My research and teaching interests and activities focus on the monitoring of agricultural and forestry landscapes and the estimation and modelling of (bio-)physical and ecological processes. For this I work with a wide range of data such as satellite, UAV/drone and field camera images as well as weather, soil and crop information to create physical, data- and process-based models. I am particularly interested in the impact of weather events and climate change on agriculture and ways to support resilient and sustainable agriculture by gaining information about crops and stress events. This information is generated through the application of hydrological and land-atmosphere models as well as process-based crop models using remote sensing and field time-series data. Based on this, it is of great interest to me to combine the advantages of optical and thermal satellite data with high resolution time series from field cameras or UAVs to provide models that cover larger areas while at the same time provide high accuracy through in-situ data calibration. To support these and a wide range of other research and teaching interests I am working on the establishment of a JECAM site in the vicinity of the University of Twente. This research site will provide detailed agricultural and forestry information for calibration and verification of remotely sensed observations and will create a unique data base for spatial-time series data by measuring weather and soil parameters and provide data by field sensors and repetitive UAV surveys.
Before joining ITC and the University of Twente in 2023, I obtained a BSc degree in Environmental Management at Justus-Liebig University Gießen, a European Double Degree MSc in Environmental Sciences – Soil, Water and Biodiversity (EnvEuro) at University of Hohenheim and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Boku) and a PhD from Georg-August University Göttingen. My PhD was on the testing and development of methods to calculate evapotranspiration from UAV/drone-recorded images of land surface temperatures in oil palm and forest landscapes in the framework of the EFForTS Collaborative Research Centre. As a Post-Doctoral researcher I worked in the ClimXtreme research network in the CROP project on the impact of compound and extreme weather events on crops at the Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at Justus-Liebig University Gießen.