Dear reader,

thank you for stopping by. This is to briefly introduce myself and give you an idea of what I am doing as a science writer and who I am. I live in the beautiful city of Oldenburg in the northwestern part of Germany and have been working here as a freelance science writer and journalist for more than 20 years now. I own a diploma in biology and a minor degree in marine physics. After completing a two-year internship in a regional newspaper I worked as an editor in the science section of the Berliner Zeitung in Berlin. In 2001 I started my career as an independent author and since then I have been writing for leading magazines and newspapers such as Financial Times (Germany), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The Economist, Süddeutsche Zeitung or the German edition of Scientific American. I also work for companies and research institutes such as the Fraun­ho­fer Society and Max Planck So­cie­ty. I frequently give communication workshops and trainings for journalists and scientists.

My writing focuses on the natural sciences, technology, applied research, basic research, energy and the environment. My articles are both informative and entertaining to read. Moreover they usually have a kind of a twist in the tail.

In 2011 I was awarded the prestigious Georg-von-Holtzbrinck-Prize for Science Journalism. Holtzbrinck publishing house publishes both “Nature” magazine and “Scientific American”. Other prizes followed in 2012 and 2014.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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An overview of my work

My new book: „All about fish and fellows“

I have self-published my first book on Amazon: „All about fish and fellows – untold science stories from the vast ocean“; my first completely independent book project, for which I brought together a translator, a type setter and an editor. It contains 13 stories about the most unusual facts and phenomena from the sea that I have stumbled across during my work in recent years. I think it’s a handy, slim, exciting paperback that can be read in one go. I would be delighted if you liked to take a look at the book or even ordered it. Please feel free to recommend it to English-speaking friends. It is available on all Amazon marketplaces worldwide – also as an ebook.
Read a chapter for free here.

Books on the state of the oceans – the World Ocean Review

Between 2009 and 2017, I wrote the first five volumes of the World Ocean Review (WOR) – a global status report on the state of the oceans – for Hamburg-based Maribus foundation, each containing around 200 pages. Working on the five editions on topics such as „Fisheries“, „Coasts“ and „Raw materials“ demanded stamina and an enormous depth of research like no job before. Each WOR involves around one and a half years of work, numerous interviews with researchers and the study of dozens of scientific papers. It was with a heavy heart that I decided to stop working on WOR in 2017 in order to have more time for other ideas and projects. A huge thank you to Jan Lehmköster from Maribus for the many years of friendly collaboration and to Nikolaus Gelpke for his faith!

Climate change on our doorstep – Brochure on 10 years of REKLIM

For ten years scientists in the German research association Helmholtz’ REKLIM program (Regional Climate Change) have been investigating how climate change will affect people in Europe – and how we can prepare for droughts, floods and extreme storms. Together with Klaus Großfeld, Renate Treffeisen from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and science communication expert Sina Löschke, I have compiled the most important results, experts‘ voices and interesting research stories in this REKLIM anniversary brochure.

Downloada pdf of the brochure here