Biography

About

michael

I am a geoscientist with a broad interest in investigating, quantifying and modelling subaqueous geomorphodynamic processes and assessing the related hazard. It is my motivation to understand processes of our environment, and to inspire people to do the same.

During my research career, I have had a strong focus on the geological and sedimentological aspect of subaqueous mass movements and their consequences, including tsunamis. Next to the broad field- (geophysical data acquisition, sediment coring, CPT) and laboratory-work (Core data analysis) experience, I have strong skills in developing conceptual approaches and conducting geospatial analyses.

My work at the Swiss Seismological Service has enabled me to transfer my previous knowledge to current earthquake-related projects and to extend my seismological skills.

Research interests

  • Natural hazard assessment
  • Subaqueous mass movements
  • Tsunamis
  • Limnogeology
  • Geospatial Anaylses

Projects

Currently, I am involved in the following projects:

  • TSUNAMI-CH: The project investigates the tsunami hazard on Swiss Peri-Alpine lakes, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology at ETHZ and the University of Bern

  • artEmis (awareness and resilience through European multi sensor system): The European collaboration project aims at developing, building and operating a multi sensor system that will measure with unprecedent spatial and temporal resolution changes in radon concentration in ground water. The resulting data are fed into ML Algorithms, analysed, and correlated to seismic data, in order to test if changes in radon concentrations can be used as potential precursors to earthquakes.

Teaching

  • Limnogeology
  • Geophysical Field Class

Work experience

  • Since Nov. 2020: Senior Research Assistant at Swiss Seismological Service (ETH Zurich)
  • Aug 2018 - Oct 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher at Swiss Seismological Service
  • 12/2017 - 7/2018: Risk Management (New Reinsurance Company Ltd., Trainee)
  • 05/2012 - 12/2012: Staff at Renard Centre of Marine Geology (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)

Education

  • 01/2014 -10/ 2017: PhD studies (ETH Zurich, Geological Institute and SED): “Basin-wide assessment of the earthquake-triggered landslide- and tsunami hazard: A conceptual approach and its application, tested in perialpine Lake Zurich (Switzerland)“

  • 02/2010 - 02/2012: MSc studies in Physical Geography (University of Zurich, Switzerland). Glaciology, Geomorphodynamics, Geochronology

  • 07/2009 - 09/2009: Traineeship Remote Sensing / GIS (Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

  • 10/2006 - 07/2009: BSc studies in Geography (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Contact

NO G48, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

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