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My Academic Work

I am currently a PhD candidate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, and the Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf.
My doctoral project is designed to investigate the psychological factors governing humans' relationships to so called "problematic" wildlife. I am interested in the deeper mental causes of people's ambivalent attitudes towards wildlife such as wolves, corvids or spiders: These animals are repudiated by some and romantizised by others. My project is funded by the 2015 research prize of "Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung".

I studied psychology and ethology in Kiel, Germany. I have worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and as a counselling psychologist at two schools. Prior to starting my doctorate at ETH, I enjoyed postgraduate courses in Environmental Science and Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. My futher academic interests include synaesthesia-/ideasthesia research, environmental ethics and the philosophy of mind: In particular, I'm interested in transspecific encounters and communication.


Humans and Wildlife

Transspecific Encounters

Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics

Synästhesia and Ideasthesia



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