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M.Sc. Leona Faulstich

Institute for Geographical Sciences

Applied Physical Geography, Environmental Hydrology and Resource Management

Researcher

Address
Malteserstr. 74-100
Room H022
12249 Berlin

Scientific education

08/2018 – present
Freie Universität Berlin – Ph.D. Geography
Topic: Ecosystem research of intensively used surface waters in a high vulnerable semiarid region - the Iishana system in northern Namibia.

10/2015 – 05/2018
Freie Universität Berlin – MSc Geographical Sciences – Environmental Hydrology
Thesis: Hydrological analysis to assess water quality in the Northern Etosha catchment (North Namibia) at the end of the dry season 2017

08/2013 – 07/2014
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – Studies Abroad

10/2010 – 09/2015      
University of Hamburg – B.Sc. Geography International
Thesis: Water quality in the Quebrada Shallap, Peru - an integrative analysis in the context of local conflicts


Previous research activities

08/2018 – present
Freie Universität Berlin – Institute of Geographical Sciences
Research Assistant - Hydrological investigation and assessment of surface waters in the Cuvelai Basin, Northern Namibia.

10/2011 – 10/2015
University of Hamburg – Institute of Geography
Student assistant - laboratory work (water analysis, soil analysis); Working group Critical Geographies of Global Inequalities


Scientific activities abroad

2021 – 4 weeks:
Namibia
Field work: collecting surface water samples and sediment samples, conducting surveys and drone flights

2019 – 6 weeks:
Iishana System, Namibia
Field work: collecting surface water samples and sediment samples, field lab analysis, conducting surveys

2018 – 3 weeks:
Iishana System, Namibia
Field work: collecting surface water samples and sediment samples, field lab analytics, conducting surveys

2017 – 4 weeks:
Iishana System, Namibia
Field work: collecting surface water samples, field lab analytics

2015 – 2 weeks:
Baltic Sea, Germany
Field work on a ship: collecting sediment samples and water samples for determination of microplastics

2015 – 4 weeks
Huaraz, Peru
Field work: collecting water samples, analysis in field laboratory

2014 – 2 weeks:
Tuscany, Italy
Field work: collecting sediment samples and water samples for microplastic determination, field lab analytics


Awards and achievements

  • DHG Field Scholarship 2019
  • Geo.X Travel Grant 2019
  • FU Berlin women's grant to write the master's thesis 2017

B.Sc. Geographical Sciences:

2018 – 2022 (each winter semester)
Introduction to Climate and Hydrogeography (seminar)

2018 – 2022 (each summer semester)
Theory and practice of physical geographic methodology (field practicum)
Topics: Stream structure quality mapping

 

M.Sc. Environmental Geography:

2018/2019 (winter semester)
Project I: Problems of water quantity and quality in northern Namibia.

2019 (summer semester)
Project II: Problems of water quantity and quality in northern Namibia.

 

Interdisciplinary:

X-Student Research Group (funded by the Berlin University Alliance - BUA): Science Communication in the Geosciences - Practical Example Science Year.

In cooperation with Dr. Theresa Frommen (Humboldt University Berlin)

 

Qualifications:

2019 – 2021

Participation in the certificate program for university didactics at the Dahlem Center for Academic Teaching (DCAT) "SUPPORT for Teaching"

Arendt, R.; Reinhardt-Imjela, Ch.; Schulte, A.; Faulstich, L.; Ullmann, T.; Beck, L. et al. (2021): Natural Pans as an Important Surface Water Resource in the Cuvelai Basin—Metrics for Storage Volume Calculations and Identification of Potential Augmentation Sites. In: Water 13 (2), p. 177. DOI: 10.3390/w13020177.

Arendt, R.; Faulstich, L.; Jüpner, R.; Assmann, A.; Lengricht, J.; Kavishe, F.; Schulte, A. (2020): GNSS mobile road dam surveying for TanDEM-X correction to improve the database for floodwater modeling in northern Namibia. In: Environ Earth Sci 79 (13). DOI: 10.1007/s12665-020-09057-5.

Faulstich, L., Schulte, A., Arendt, R., Kavishe, F. & Lengricht, J. (2018): Die Qualität der intensiv genutzten Oberflächengewässer im Cuvelai-Becken (Nord-Namibia) zum Ende der Trockenzeit 2017. In: Chifflard, P., Karthe, D., Möller, St. (Hrsg.): Beiträge zum 49. Jahrestreffen des Arbeitskreises Hydrologie vom 23.-25.11.2017 in Göttingen. Geographica Augustana 24.

Singer, K., Gurgiser, W., Villari, C., Faulstich, L., Kaser, G. & Neuburger, M. (2015): Una cuenca donde se encuentran diversos conocimientos. Booklet in the project „Water availability and demand in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru“.