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Department of Geography

Who's who @ GIUZ

In this series we portray some of the people, most of whom work behind the scenes and make our everyday life in research, teaching and administration at GIUZ possible. We also introduce you to some of our young scientists and their fascinating research topics.

News list

  • Corinne Wyss

    It is never just one task: The invisible other tasks behind admin work

    As part of the support infrastructure of any organization, administrative staff take on different hats and juggle various responsibilities. To learn more about the myriad of administrative tasks, I met up with Corinne Wyss and discussed her work.

  • Yvonne Wagener, Lukas Japp

    Behind the scenes with the people people ...

    Next in our series looking at some of the more hidden roles at GIUZ, we talked to Lukas Japp and Yvonne Wagener from our Human Resources team. Together, Lukas and Yvonne handle hundreds of staff-related questions in GIUZ every year. But who are they and what do they do? We dropped by and asked them a few questions ...

  • Roya Soleymani Kohler

    IT services at GIUZ: a look behind the scenes

    For us users, everything runs smoothly at GIUZ. We have access to our emails and data from anywhere in the world, the IT infrastructure for our courses is up and running. But who is actually behind it? Roya Soleymani Kohler talks about her work as part of the IT team at GIUZ.

  • Andrea Mendez and her colleagues

    (In)visible work in the early mornings

    Have you ever asked yourself why the dust on your desk or the dirty spots on your office floor have disappeared? Who is responsible for the clean toilets and the shiny stairs? I met Andrea Mendez and talked with her about the work she is doing as part of the cleaning team at GIUZ.

  • Randy Muñoz Asmat

    Towards integrative water management policies in the Andes

    Glacier retreat in the Andes has serious impacts on water availability for down­stream populations. Water manage­ment policies must take social factors into account. PhD candidate Randy Muñoz Asmat combines hydro­logic modelling with local community con­sul­tation.

  • Nicholas Ofiti on Research Site

    Encapsulating the ecosystem for soil research

    Soil is one of the largest carbon storages on earth - but can be a massive producer of greenhouse gases. Nicholas Ofiti examines this precarious balance in the face of climate change in his PhD thesis.

  • Kiran

    Why your tweets can really matter in a natural disaster

    Retrieving information from tweets during natural disasters can save lives. PhD student Kiran Zahra collaborates with linguists and international organizations to develop the appropriate methods.

  • IPCC trainees

    Local experts for global reports

    Climate change and its consequences pose even greater challenges to developing countries than industrialized countries. But these countries are severely underrepresented in bodies assessing the relevant science. A training program for early career researchers at GIUZ takes counteraction.

  • Christoph Kaufmann

    Struggling for the golden mean

    Gold mining in Colombia is deeply entangled with decades of internal armed conflict. Various interests clash. PhD student Christoph Kaufmann is researching sustainable solutions.

  • Alessandro

    Panta rhei - everything flows

    In high alpine regions, ice keeps loose debris masses together. Alessandro Cicoira computes the influence of climate on rock glaciers as part of his PhD thesis.

  • Olga

    Listen to the landscape

    What is the contribution of sounds to the way people perceive landscapes? Using automatic text analysis methods, Olga Koblet tries to answer this question in her PhD thesis.

  • Felix in the forest

    From oceans to forests

    The structure of the forest as one of the keys to biodiversity: The studied oceanograph Felix Morsdorf uses 3D laser scanning to measure every single tree.

  • Mollie

    Nature and you

    What's your relationship with nature? Why is it important to you? Mollie Chapman interviews people in such distinct places as the Swiss National Park, the Tibetan plateau or in Malaysia.