My scientific back-ground: Carbonate geologist specialising in coral reef sedimentology with strong integrative and inter-disciplinary approach.
I conducted research programmes in coral reef growth, paleo-climatologic studies using corals in the recent past and the Holocene, as well as present human impacts on coral reefs of the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. I have extensive field work experience in these regions, both land- and ship-based and worked in close contact with intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental agencies. I have a strong interest in raising public awareness for environmental issues related to the coastal and marine environment and climate change.
I work as independent consultant in project development and training in coral reef monitoring and management. I am co-ordinating and organising activities of Reef Check Europe and I am chairman of the Reef Check association in Germany (www.reefcheck.de).
Past activities include work as project coordinator of the International Year of the Reef Germany, co-ordination of international research programmes (e.g. Indonesian-German programme for co-operation in Marine Sciences and Geosciences, EU research projects in the Western Indian Ocean and the Red Sea). I also worked on the analysis of international climate policy at the Advisory Council on Global Change to the German Government (www.wbgu.de).