I am fascinated by topics concerning biodiversity and species composition, as well as biogeochemistry and primary production of tropical rainforests. Therefore, I developed a strong interest in the functioning of tropical ecosystems regarding their impact on global carbon and water cycles.
I have conducted tropical field campaigns and coordinated the set-up of long-term forest sites in tropical forest ecosystems situated in southwestern Costa Rica as well as in the central-eastern Amazon. I have been lecturing tropical field courses as research associate of the tropical field station La Gamba and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA).
In the course of my research I have published and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book-sections as well as given several oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences. For a detailed list of references please click the publications link in the site menu.