My strong connection with nature and my passion to explore and experience the outdoors describes a great part of my personality. It was also one of my motivations to co-found Girls on Ice Switzerland and thus inspire young women to take action both in science and mountaineering. I would love to help women to explore and experience, to research and understand, and to foster awareness of our wonderful mountains with its alpine glaciers.
Despite growing up in the "flatlands" of Switzerland, I have been fascinated by mountains and glaciers from an early age. I am in the mountains as often as possible and decided to study this fascinating environment. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and a Master's degree in Geography with a major in Glaciology from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and The University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). I deepened my glaciological knowledge by completing a PhD at the University of Fribourg, where I researched the albedo of bare-ice surfaces and its impact on melt behaviour of alpine glaciers. Currently, I am a postdoc fellow in the Remote Sensing Group at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern, researching towards a global daily snow map product. In addition to having worked on many glaciers in the Swiss Alps, I have participated in various scientific expeditions around the world, bringing me to fascinating places and glaciers in the mountains of Svalbard, Norway, Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan and Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska.
Besides my scientific work life, I am a polysportive person, loving to ski, bike, hike and climb whenever there is time and space. My love to explore and be curious is, since a few months, enriched by our little boy, who is fascinated by all the small and large things in the world around him. I am happiest exploring nature with friends and family!
Girls on Ice Switzerland Program Coordinator 2018Girls on Ice Switzerland Instructor 2017