Alumna (Student Assistant) Serafina Bischoff is a student assistant for the Multifunctional Landscapes Research Group within the RuralFutures project. She has a keen interest in the effects of climate change and human-environment interaction on biodiversity. Understanding functional relationships in ecosystems and the dynamics behind land use and land cover changes are very exciting to her…

IT Technician

IT Technician “Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it’s not fine it’s not the end.” Oscar Wilde Since July 2017, Stephan Schulz is responsible for the IT at IRI THESys and supports the administration. Email: stephan.schulz.1 (at) hu-berlin.de Phone: +49 30 2093-66346

Doctoral Researcher Olga Statnaia is pursuing her PhD at the Agricultural and Food Policy Group of the Thaer-Institute, Department of Agricultural Economics. She holds two master’s degrees in Economic Sciences from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (MSc) and in Global Economy from the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of the Russian Federation. Her…

Doctoral Researcher Cristián Flores Fernández works with Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger in the Hydrology and Society research group of the Department of Geography and IRI THESys. His PhD project studies the transformations and uncertainties that brine extraction for lithium and potassium mining generates in the socio-natural metabolism of the salt flats of northern Chile. From…

Doctoral Researcher Ana Buchadas is pursuing a PhD in the Departments of Geography Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with co-supervisor in Université catholique de Louvain. In her PhD, she will address deforestation frontiers in tropical dry forests, understanding deforestation and advancing agricultural frontiers, their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services and local livelihoods. Ana has a bachelor’s degree…

Member Harald Grethe studied medicine at the University of Witten-Herdecke and agricultural sciences at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, where he graduated in 1996. He did his doctoral studies also at Göttingen and wrote his doctoral thesis on Effects of Including Agricultural Products in the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU (2004). After his habililation at…

Alumnus (Doctoral Researcher) Sascha Miguel Cornejo Puschner was a PhD student at IRI THESys from 2018 to 2023. He studied Anthropology and Political Philosophy in Santiago de Chile and is now “in the middle” of his doctoral research process. Sascha’s research follows the questions of how natural resource extraction impact on local territories. His research…

Postdoctoral Researcher Tomás Usón joined IRI THESys in October 2018 as a PhD researcher to work on practices of memory and anticipation amid climatic and seismic disasters. With his research he aims to understand how different actors remember and anticipate extreme events and the consequences that those diverse practices have in the creation of past…

Alumnus (Doctoral Researcher) Peter Pfleiderer’s research is focused on the influence of global warming on weather extremes. For the EmBARK project he studies to which extend global warming makes extreme hurricane seasons more likely. Peter studied physics at the Freie Universität Berlin, wrote his master thesis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research and…

Coordination Postdoc Academy

Doctoral Researcher, Coordination Postdoc Academy Krystin Unverzagt is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. After obtaining a B.A. in “Politics and Society” from the University of Bonn, Germany, she graduated in “Science, Technology and Society” (M.Sc.) from University College London (UCL). Before joining IRI THESys, Krystin worked in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as…