I am a meteorologist with a keen interest in the dynamics of meteorological extremes. Already during my childhood I was fascinated by weather extremes and it was therefore clear for me that I had to study meteorology. During my PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), I worked on Lagrangian dynamics of European heat waves. Primary research questions were how high near-surface temperatures during heat waves evolve and which dynamical processes control the formation and maintenance of the associated upper-level ridges.
In the INTEXseas project, I will continue to work on temperature extremes, but now on the seasonal time scale. My main research focus will be dedicated to the question where warm/cold seasons are anomalously dry or wet and how this can be related to specific weather systems.