I am a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Dr. Michael Berg (contaminant hydrology). My main focus currently lies on the "Groundwater Assessment Platform" (GAP), a free online data platform for mapping, statistical modelling and information exchange concerning geogenic groundwater contamination.
Previously, I was a PhD candidate in the groups of Prof. Mario Schirmer (Hydrogeology) and Dr. Stephan Hug (Chemistry of water resources). I conducted research on geogenic arsenic contamination of groundwater in Burkina Faso, West Africa, a drinking water contaminant that poses a serious health threat to the population. Using large-scale statistical models, we delineated areas with an elevated probability of having arsenic-affected groundwater due to favourable geological conditions. This work culminated in an arsenic hazard map for Burkina Faso that supports local stakeholders in the supply of safe drinking water. Other parts of my PhD focused on the development and field testing of low-cost, low-tech treatment methods to remove arsenic from drinking water in remote rural communities. The project was a collaborative effort together with partners from the Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE), Université Ouaga I Pr. Ki-Zerbo and the NGO "Le soleil dans la main".