I was born in Germany, but lost my heart to Swiss Alps while studying Biology at the University of Konstanz (Germany). After finishing my studies, I moved closer to the mountains and did a PhD at the ETH in Zürich (Switzerland). Wondering whether other mountain ranges are as nice, I continued with a postdoctoral project at the other side of the world at the University of Otago (New Zealand), which gave me the opportunity to explored the Southern Alps. Since a sample of two is too small to take a decision, I proceeded for a second postdoctoral project to the University of Oslo (Norway), which gave me the chance to see the glacier-shaped mountainous landscape of Norway.
There may be more mountains to explore, but for now I am confident that nothing can top the Swiss Alps, so I came back to Switzerland where I am currently working at the University of Basel and the ETH Z├╝rich.
I am a curious, lively and impatient person, but I cherish to sleep-in and relax with a big fluffy cup of cappuccino - for me, these characteristics go pretty well together.
I sacrifice almost all my spare time to bouldering and climbing but do also love many other forms of mountain sports like hiking, skiing or mountaineering. I am also fond of traveling and a passionate hobby-photographer - and, whenever I can, I will also bring my binoculars to spot some birds or other wildlife.

Julia M.I. Barth

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