Stefanie is a PhD student in the Department of Geography. She is a recipient of the London NERC DTP studentship. She was awarded an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford in 2012 and a BSc in Biodiversity & Ecology from the Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen in Germany in 2010.
Prior to starting her PhD research at King’s College, Stefanie worked in international development for the World Bank and GIZ in Washington DC, Tanzania, Nepal, Georgia and Madagascar on issues including nature-based disaster risk reduction and natural resource management.
Thesis title: 'Hydrological impacts of agricultural land abandonment in Nepal and Colombia'
Stefanie is researching the hydrological impacts of agricultural land abandonment in the mountain environments of Nepal and Colombia. Her research will use freestations (low cost environmental sensors) to look at infiltration dynamics and preferential flow, evaporative differences, and stream discharge across different stages of agricultural land abandonment and vegetation recovery. In addition, soil science and functional ecology methods will give insights into the hidden processes linking vegetation cover and hydrology.