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Florian's Professional Experience

My Qualifications

August 2018 - Present

Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Specialist, Arizona State University

  • Since June 2023 in a Volunteer Researcher role in the SHaDE Lab with Prof. Middel to

    • continue research, write manuscripts, and review literature on urban heat and sustainability related to my dissertation

    • consult employees and students with research methods and expertise for fieldwork and data analysis

  • Developed and advanced understanding of innovative policy-relevant heat mitigation solutions that enable to build evidence-based heat resilience using knowledge of current research on extreme heat and urban sustainability (see publications below)

  • Performed high-quality research, analysis, and data visualization of extreme heat mitigation and climate change adaptation measures using R, ArcGIS, and MaxQDA, resulting in 7 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature Communications, Environmental Research Letters, and Science of the Total Environment.

  • Informed local heat resilience and sustainability policies by collaborating with city governments and communities, communicating complex heat and climate change topics to diverse audiences, and producing 4 project reports with the City of Phoenix, the City of Tempe, the City of Scottsdale, and Pacoima - Los Angeles.

  • Advanced equity initiatives of the City-Community-University partnership on collective heat resilience using high-level strategic planning and relationship-building skills and intersectional project and relationship evaluation.

  • Supervising undergraduate and graduate students in the SHaDE Lab

  • (Co-)Leading and executing 15+ extreme heat projects and fieldwork using multiple instruments with up to a dozen people at the same time

  • Drafting and editing manuscripts for peer review leading to publication: 

  1. Evidence-based guidance on reflective pavement for urban heat mitigation in Arizona (Nature Communications)

  2. PanoMRT: Panoramic Infrared Thermography to Model Human Thermal Exposure and Comfort.

  3. Understanding of heterogeneous radiant heat flux reflections

  4. MaRTiny - A low cost biometeorological sensor

  5. More than surface temperature

  6. 50 Grades of Shade

  7. Solar reflective pavements - panaceas? (Environmental Research Letters)

June 2022 - June 2023

Trustee, Trustees of ASU, Arizona State University

Served on the Arizona State University Trustee Board and represented all 140,000+ students of the university.

May 2022 - May 2023

President, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University

  • Served as a member of the ASASU Council of Presidents (COP) to advance initiatives at the university level for all students

  • Served as the Graduate student body president representing and overseeing the advocacy, programming, and services for all ~30,000 graduate and professional students at ASU

  • Pursued a Sustainability agenda and implemented more awareness and action toward sustainability including a sustainability action fund

  • Pursued additional funding opportunities for student housing and services, including wellness and student facilities

  • Led, supervised, and managed a team of 70+ people and a $1.4 million budget for the largest graduate student government in the US

  • Managed innovative project deliverables and events to advocate and represent graduate students leading to improvements in sustainability initiatives and transparency at ASU

August 2021 - December 2021

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Arizona State University

Recitation management/lead for two student groups (60 students) during Fall 2021. SOS 111: Sustainable Cities (2021 Fall) Polytechnic Campus, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University.

  • Leading the creation and execution of two recitation sessions with 30 students each on diverse topics of sustainable cities.

  • Grading assignments of 60 students twice per week.

June 2021 - May 2022

Director of Travel, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University

Director under the Office of the Vice President of Internal Affairs to:

  • Managed travel grant program ($300,000+ annual budget), applications, and reviewers

  • Advertised Travel Grant opportunities to students

  • Provided feedback during office hours

  • Communicated with Business Office to process funding and questions

April 2019 - June 2021

Assembly Member, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Assembly Member representing the School of Sustainability:

  • Member of three (2019–2020) and two (2020–2021) committees: Internal Affairs, Assembly Operations, and Wellness (once)

  • Decision-making in the monthly Assembly meeting to discuss and approve policies for graduate students

January 2017 - July 2018

Scientific Consultant, TROPOS

Working Group Satellite Remote Sensing, Department Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research.

European Space Agency Affiliate – Project EarthCARE.

Provided programming expertise for satellite remote sensing algorithms in an international decentralized team, resulting in the development of multiple automated algorithms for the ESA EarthCARE mission launch.

  • Programmed data processing algorithms in Fortran

  • Programmed automated test modules for data processing algorithms in Fortran

  • Created data visualizations in Python

  • Worked in an international decentralized team (ITA, ENG, FRA, and GER)

  • Publication: EarthCARE Cloud Layer and Aerosol Products

October 2016 - December 2016

Professional GIS Training, Cimdata Bildungsakademie

Full-time professional education in Geographic Information Systems using the tool ArcGIS Desktop.
Concluded ArcGIS training with exceptional marks in basic and advanced modules and received certificate.

July 2016 - September 2016

Volunteer, Food Bank Leipzig

Volunteering for multiple full-time days a week.

  • Driving to local and regional grocery stores and farms to gather food and supplies.

  • Organizing supplies and performing a quality check to ensure high-quality food donations.

  • Handing out supplies at the local food bank distribution center to people in need.

January 2016 - April 2016

Scientist, University Leipzig

Research Group Clouds and Global Climate, Leipzig Institute for Meteorology, Leipzig University.

  • Continued research efforts of the master thesis including radiation model runs using Fortran​

  • Data visualization of global climate model outputs (NC files) for historical and 4xCO2 runs using NCL as the programming language

  • Wrote the first draft of the now-published Master thesis.

June 2012 - December 2015

Student Research Assistant, TROPOS

Working Group Ground-Based Remote Sensing, Department Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS).

  • Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) data analysis using the programming languages MatLab and LabView

  • Visualized data using Matlab and Python

  • Programmed a data processing algorithm that can handle 12+ different LiDAR inputs from different wavelengths and provide a coherent output variable across LiDARs using unique conversion algorithms

  • Collaborated with colleagues to identify best practices for data processing

  • Contributed as a co-author to a publication on a decades overview of a unique LiDAR system (PollyNET):



Learning and Living

August 2018 - May 2023

Ph.D. Sustainability,
College of Global Futures,
Arizona State University

Ph.D. in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability.
Transdisciplinary research focused on heat mitigation as well as communication and co-creation of usable science between academics, city officials, and the general public in the context of urban heat. Outcomes of the dissertation advance the creation and application of usable, policy-relevant knowledge in the field of urban heat as a sustainability issue.

Dissertation title:
Urban Heat: A Sustainability Challenge Crossing Traditional Boundaries

August 2013 - December 2015

MS Meteorology
Universität Leipzig

Master of Science.
Arctic Climate Change, Physical Climate Feedbacks, Theoretical Meteorology.

Master thesis title:
Climate Change in the Arctic: Analysis of model simulations

October 2010 - July 2013

BS Meteorology
Universität Leipzig

Bachelor of Science.
Anthropogenic Impact on Local Weather and Climate

Bachelor thesis title (German): 
Einfluss von Landnutzungsänderungen auf Wolken und Strahlung: Sensitivitätsstudie mit dem MPI-Erdsystemmodell

Image by Jason Leung

Selected Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Graduate College Completion Fellowship


Awarded for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 to focus on Dissertation.

Award to support degree completion of outstanding graduate students for their last semester or year. Competitive fellowship award of $10,940 per semester plus tuition for 1 credit hour and health insurance coverage.

GPSA Outstanding Research Award 


Awarded Spring 2022 for my research on Cool Pavement.

The Outstanding Research Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Association recognizes graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence in research at Arizona State University.

GPSA and EOSS Leadership Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

Multiple (22) - Total: $34,429.00

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards for Leadership and Outstanding Commitment in the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) or in Educational Outreach and Student Support (EOSS) between April 2019 and May 2023. Serving in different positions from Assembly Member to Director of Travel to President of the Student Government.

CAP LTER Graduate Research Grant


Awarded Summer 2020 to initiate Project MaRTiny.

The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER) Graduate Grants help support graduate student research in urban ecology and urban systems conducted within the CAP LTER study area. Competitive and reviewed grant.

Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarship


Awarded for my Study Abroad during the Summer 2019 in Hong Kong.

The Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarship supports students who want to participate in a special learning experience about sustainability issues in other countries.

Other Awards/Grants

Multiple (2) - Total: $575.00

Awarded between Fall 2019 and now for conference travel, registration, and attendance & dissertation research efforts.

Received at ASU from GPSA and the Graduate College. Outside of ASU from the Arizona Pavements/Materials Conference.

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