My research interests are focused on the application of high-precision analytical tools to various fields of Earth Sciences. In particular, I use elemental and isotopic geochemistry to investigate high-temperature environments, such as the Earth's mantle, planetary bodies, and hydrothermal systems. In addition, I am interested in utilizing chemical and isotopic analyses in ocean tracer studies, as proxies for the reconstruction of ancient environmental parameters and to quantify biomineralization processes.
My responsibilities at PCIGR comprise the monitoring of the day-to-day operation of the instruments, the development of new and innovative analytical techniques, the mentorship and training of students in their project work, and assuring the quality of the data generated in the PCIGR labs. I am also involved in the initiation and collaboration of campus- and department-wide research programs. During my education and subsequent employments, I could build a strong background in analytical and isotope geochemsitry and their application to various quesitons in Earth Sciences. These comprise bulk planetary compositions, global elemental and isotopic cycling, the reconstruction of past and present environments and the investigation of biogeochemical pathways in inorganic as well as organic systems.
Research Associate, Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR)/University of British Columbia, Vancouver/Canada, 2012-
Scientific Advisor and Lecturer, Faculty of Geosciences/Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011-2012
Research Stipend, Geocycles/Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, 2010-2011
Posdoctoral Fellow, Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory/University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 2007-2010
Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Leibniz-Institute for Marine Sciences IfM-Geomar/Christian-Albrecht University Kiel, Germany, 2007 (thesis: 'The Role of High- and Low-Temperature Ocean Crust Alteration for the Marine Calcium Budget')
Research Assistant, Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, 2003-2004
Diplom (MSc) Geology, Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry/Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, 2003 (thesis: 'Geochemistry of Fresh Submarine Glasses from the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project-2 (HSDP-2)')