I am currently working as postdoctoral scientist (since February 2020) at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, working together with Prof. Liane G. Benning (Interface Geochemistry).

My postdoctoral research focuses on molecular scale mineral-organic matter interface processes in Arctic soils. In addition, I am also studying the formation and transformation of iron-bearing minerals, and their influence on the cycling of nutrients (e.g., P, Si) and toxic elements (e.g., As, Cr) in oxygen-poor modern and ancient environments.

I combine several analytical approaches from geochemistry, materials and analytical chemistry, and nanoscience to gain better understanding of iron (bio)geochemistry at the nano- to atomic-scale.

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As an openly gay scientist, I am a huge advocate LGBTQ+ visibility and diversity in STEM! 🏳️‍🌈 I have been recently featured in the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) blog, thanks to the initiative of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Read the blog here.

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Complete list of peer reviewed papers (updated July 2021)


Collection of photos from conferences/workshops, network meetings and fieldwork


August 23, 2021
New paper out in Envi Sci Nano: Our paper on GR formation from the Fe2+-induced transformation of ferrihydrite in the presence of arsenic species. Read our paper here.

August 12, 2021
New paper out in Processes: My collaborator Gustavo Figueroa Campos (UniPotsdam) just published our paper on waste valorization of spent coffee grounds and coffee parchment to try and close the loop for the wet processing of coffee. Read our paper here.

July 5, 2021
I just finished convening my first session in Goldschmidt 2021! Please check out the abstracts in our session here.

June 22, 2021
New paper out in Scientific Reports: My collaborator Laura V. Krone (GFZ) just published her first PhD paper about deep weathering in the semi-arid study site Santa Gracia in Chile. Read our paper here.

June 5, 2021
We just finished our first fieldwork in Iceland, collecting soil and water samples to study mineral-organic matter interactions. Looking forward to processing the samples. #RustyCarbonSink

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