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I am scientist and technical director of the research facility for subsurface remediation at the University of Stuttgart.
I am an environmental engineer and hydrogeologist who wants to understand natural and engineered systems better. Measuring, collecting, and analysing data, as well as building stochastic and numeric together with the analysis of their output, help me to achieve this goal.

👉 Research
👉 blog
👉 planetwater
👉 my public github page

most research code is private, but here is an example of a fun open project bringing basic latex functionality into OmniOutliner

For current issues, please visit the presences of VEGAS at Twitter and my private account on Twitter!

Teaching

Currently, I am teaching the following courses:

Previously, I have been teaching the following courses:

  • "Environmental Modelling 1" and "Geostatistics" at the University of Tübingen;
  • Statistics, Geostatistics, Hydrological Simulations, Numerische Datenverarbeitung at the University of Stuttgart;
  • Groundwater Resources Management (Earth 654), Groundwater Modelling (Earth 456/656), and Chemical Hydrogeology (Earth 459) at the University of Waterloo.

I have been teaching courses/lectures on "Stochastic Hydrogeology" and "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling" (Fall School at University of Tübingen), as well as "Statistics of Hydrological Extremes".

I make a point to teach open source scientific programming skills using python and distributed version control.

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 thesis 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).

During the next phase, I was the PostDoc of the International Research Training Group "Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling" at the University of Tübingen (2012-2014). In 2014, I joined WESS as a research associate, became a senior research associate at the University of Tübingen, Department of Geosciences, where I ran my junior research group (DFG funded) starting in October 2015 within the Hydrogeology Workgroup.

Since January 2019, I am "Scientist and Technical Director" of the "research facility of subsurface remediation" (Versuchseinrichtung zur Grundwasser- und Altlastensanierung, VEGAS) within the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS) at the University of Stuttgart.

I was the Outstanding Student Paper Award Winner (hydrology) at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in 2009.

My Erdős number is likely 5 (via MathSciNet).

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