Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Solar variability effects (caused by particle precipitation and UV changes) on the middle atmosphere
  • Coupling of the upper atmosphere and the middle atmosphere
  • Gravity waves
  • Atmospheric tides (especially at high latitudes)
  • Polar middle and upper atmosphere dynamics and chemistry

Current and previous projects:

  • TIES (Towards an All-Inclusive Earth-System model: Merging lower, middle, and upper atmospheric models to study solar effects)
  • MESSy
  • CCMVal


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Project management at DLR for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

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IAGA (International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy)
Young Scientist Award for Excellence
Departmental Prize of the Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Canterbury
University of Canterbury doctoral scholarship 2003 – 2006
Alister George McLellan Prize (University of Canterbury Council) 2003
Ross Dependency Scholarship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (declined) 2004
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for University of Canterbury 2003