Research

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Climate impacts on human health

My most recent research interest concerns climate impacts on human health. In particular, I am interested in effects of climate change on temperature-related mortality in Germany and around the globe. I have also worked on the representation of health climate impacts in integrated assessment models.

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Climate impacts on phytoplankton

Previously, I have investigated the effect of multiple anthropogenic influences on lake ecosystems. In particular, I have studied the effects of climatic change and nutrient enrichment on phytoplankton phenology in lakes of the temperate zone. And I have investigated the risk of increased toxic cyanobacterial blooms under global warming, with a special focus on heat wave impacts.

Climate impacts across sectors

Through my participation in ISIMIP, I have been involved in the synthesis of climate impacts knowledge at different levels of global mean temperature rise. In addition, I have contributed to a study on cross-sectoral interactions, particularly the interlinkages between climate impact in the water and agricultural systems, taking into account for the uncertainties arising from climate and impact models.

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Planetary boundaries of land use

Albeit no longer focus of my current research, I have also worked on global land-use change. In one of my past research projects, I used world agronomic data to investigate historical drivers of agricultural land-use change, in particular expansion of croplands and fertilizer use. Furthermore, I have been involved in a modeling study looking at the effects of climate change and population growth on global food security.