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I am a research associate at the University of Tübingen, Department of Geosciences, Hydrogeology Workgroup. I research and teach in a variety of areas including Geohydrology, Hydrology, Statistics, and Geostatistics.

In this role,

  • I research within my own research project with my PhD student Bo Xiao on the the description of real-world spatial dependence of hydraulic conductivity and their effects on secondary physical properties (e.g. solute transport behaviour).
  • I am involved in the Research Training Group "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling", acting as supervisor in projects ranging from projects involving the description of spatial dependence (in hierarchical sediment structures), to more classical hydrogeological projects involving integrated hydrosystem models to quantify the effects of climate change in arid regions on groundwater flow and solute transport. I am also involved in a collaborative project with ecologists attempting to simulate the succession of plants in an arid setting with feedbacks to hydrology.
  • Together with the colleagues at the chair of hydrology and geohydrology I am actively developing an operational code for the interpolation of groundwater quality parameters on regional scale. This project is in close collaboration with the state agency of the environment in Baden-Württemberg. Overall goal is to include as much information as possible to enhance the model of spatial dependence (hard and soft secondary information / exhaustive and non-exhaustive).

    An awesome picture
    Highlights of the advantages of copula based spatial interpolation. The estimated concentrations (left column) and the spatial structure of the uncertainty of the estimated concentrations is much more realistic. This becomes evident nicely in the Black Forest, a large area in the south-west of the state with homogeneous concentrations.

  • I teach "environmental modelling" and "geostatistics" and supervise MSc. and BSc. students. I make a point to teach open source scientific programming skills using python and distributed version control. I am a research associate at the University of Tübingen, Department of Geosciences, Hydrogeology Workgroup. I research and teach in a variety of areas including Geohydrology, Hydrology, Statistics, and Geostatistics.

Background

I received a Dipl.-Ing. degree of environmental engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany (2005) and a M.Sc. degree in earth sciences (hydrogeology) at the University of Waterloo, Canada (2005). The title of my theis is "Quantifying Effects of Land-Use Changes to Municipal Groundwater Quality" and I was advised by Dave Rudolph, Neil Thomson, and Emil Frind.

I received a Dr.-Ing. degree with distinction in 2011 at the University of Stuttgart for my dissertation entitled "Analysis of Real-World Spatial Dependence of Subsurface Hydraulic Properties Using Copulas With a Focus on Solute Transport Behaviour". During my dissertation I was advised by Prof. András Bárdossy and Prof. Ed Sudicky. I held a research associate position at the Department of Hydrology and Geohydrology at the University of Stuttgart (2011-2012) and was the PostDoc of the International Research Training Group "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling" at the University of Tübingen (2012-2014). In 2014m I joined WESS and started my DFG funded own position in October 2015.

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