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 tropical forest ecosystems regarding their impact on global carbon and water cycles. In the course of my research I coordinated the set-up of experimental long-term forest plots in southwestern Costa Rica as well as in the central-eastern Amazon Basin. I have been lecturing tropical field courses as research associate of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), situated in Manaus, Brazil. I have first-authored several peer-reviewed articles as well as published several book-sections along with oral and poster presentations at international conferences (please see publications for details). I will be delighted to evolve my scientific research background and analytical skills acquired by working in national and international research projects to further contribute to the scientific expertise on the sustainable management of tropical ecosystems as well as global water resources regarding the importance of these key factors in scenarios of global change.