About Me

My research focus has been shaped to a large extent by 20 years spent living and working in Alaska.

Climate change is happening twice as fast in the Arctic as in other regions of the world. Permafrost thaw, coastal erosion, changing freeze and thaw cycles, and climate-related extreme events are just some of the challenges with which Arctic communities and sectors are confronted.

During my time with various projects (NASP, EPSCoR, SALIENSEAS, FOCUS) I had come to know many affected communities and sectors who work tirelessly toward healthy, sustainable futures. I am inspired by our collaborations and in awe of human resilience in the face of profound changes.

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary before my studies and work took me to distant locations. I have a deep passion not only for the Arctic, but all landscapes and the human and ecological communities that depend on them. I see intense beauty from the Pannonian steppe to the Arctic tundra and this appreciation guides my work to help communities and ecosystems adapt and thrive in a changing climate.

In my free time I enjoy cross-country skiing (more so in my former Alaska life) and the outdoors in general. On summer evenings I am likely found in my achtertuin doing my best to keep my rhododendrons in line.

2017 PHD

Natural Resources and Sustainability, University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA) Resilience and Adaptation Program Fellow

2010 MA

Global Environmental Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA) Arctic and Northern Studies Program

2002 BS

Computer Science, Western Oregon University (USA)