Professional Experience

August 2016 - present

GeoNet Volcano Science Operations Specialist at GNS Science, New Zealand: Development of fast anomaly detection and reporting for volcano monitoring to facilitate enhanced volcano unrest and eruption identification.

Collaborators: Nico Fournier, Steven Sherburn, Agnes Mazot

March 2012 - May 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow in real-time Seismology at the Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Implementation, performance analysis, and uncertainty quantification of Earthquake Early Warning systems.

Collaborators: John Clinton, Georgia Cua, Carlo Cauzzi, Stefan Wiemer

July 2011 - February 2012

Seismologist at GNS Science, New Zealand: Evaluation and implementation of signal processing routines for strong-motion records.

Collaborators: Stephen Bannister, Graeme McVerry, John Zhao, Jim Cousins

December 2010 - June 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ambient Noise Seismology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Establishing the relation between ambient noise source distributions and ocean wave characteristics in New Zealand.

Collaborators: John Townend, Melissa Bowen, Stephen Bannister, Lionel Carter


April 2007 - May 2011

PhD Student at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Imaging New Zealand’s crustal structure using ambient seismic noise recordings from permanent and temporary instruments.

Advisors: John Townend, Martha Savage, Stephen Bannister

Collaborators: Fan-Chi Lin, Michael Ritzwoller, Honn Kao, Andrew Curtis

October 2000 - March 2007

Diploma Student in Geophysics at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany: Determining the Green’s function between stations of the Bavarian seismic network employing the correlation of diffuse wavefields.

Advisors: Joachim Wassermann, Heiner Igel

Internships and Studies Abroad

April 2009

Working with Fan-Chi Lin, Yingjie Yang and Michael Ritzwoller on ambient noise tomography of New Zealand during a 6 weeks stay at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

November 2005 - February 2006

Internship at LGIT, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France within the work group of Michel Campillo, applying reciprocity principles to the correlations of coda waves in order to find the Green’s function between earthquake locations.

November 2004 - February 2005

Internship during the austral summer-campaign of the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) in Antarctica: participation in radar measurements to determine ice-layer sequences and deployment of seismometers in the Kottas mountains for anisotropy studies.

September 2004

Internship on the RV Polarstern: participation in seismic and aeromagnetic measurements above the Yermak-Plateau in the Fram-Strait between Svalbard and Greenland.

Scholarships, Awards, and Invited Talks

Invited speaker, 2010 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan

Best student poster, Geosciences 2009, Oamaru, New Zealand

Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Research Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington,New Zealand (2006)


Lecturer for "Timeseries Analysis for Environmental Physics and Geophysics", undergraduate level, ETH Zurich

Instructor for "Tectonics and Structural Geology", undergraduate level, Victoria University of Wellington

Professional Services

Convener: "Advances and challenges for Earthquake Early Warning Systems", AGU, 2013

Organizer : Introductory workshop on ObsPy (, a Python toolbox for Seismology

Reviewer : Geophysical Journal International, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

Computer Skills

Systems: Unix, Linux (Debian/Ubuntu), Microsoft Windows

Programming: Proficient in C++, Python, and Bash; grid computing (Sun grid engine); client/server applications with Apache’s ActiveMQ; Ipython; SWIG; cytpes

Databases: PostgreSQL, SQLite

Version control : Git, Subversion


German: Native speaker

English: Fluent

French: Competent in speaking and writing