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I am a Senior Researcher/Lecturer at the Geological Institute of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. My main scientific interest is the mechanical understanding of geological, geodynamical, and geophysical processes. My process-oriented research focusses on topics in structural geology (i.e., deformation of rock units) and rock physics (i.e., mostly seismic properties of rocks). I am also principal investigator and speaker of The Rock Physics Network at ETH Zurich (ROCKETH).

Besides my research, I am very dedicated to teaching. On the BSc-level, I teach the fundamental geological mapping techniques, such as drawing cross-sections and using the stereonet. On the MSc-level, I introduce the students to continuum mechanics, rheology, and finite-element modeling of rock deformation; the last is further deepened in an additional advanced block course. My teaching also takes place in nature. I am involved in a whole range of geological field excursions and courses, such as the introductory mapping course for BSc-students or the advanced structural geology course for MSc-students to name just two.

I also actively contribute to a healthy work environment. For example, I am the main organizer of the annual pre-christmas gathering of alumni, active members, and friends of the Geological Institute of the ETH Zurich (Geosynklinale) and I am the co-president of the mid-level faculty association at our department (VAME).

During my free time I try to do something useful as well. Every year I participate as a leader in the Heart Camp, which is a special summer camp for children with congenital heart disease. Until recently, I was president of the rockamweier festival, which is an openair rock festival free of charge for all the audience. Besides my presidency, I was responsible for the band booking and the stage equipment.