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Personal Data and Education

born in Marburg/Lahn, Germany
married since 2007 to Johann Hilberg

1975 - 1986: primary school education in Marburg/Lahn
1986 - 1989: professional education as banker in Marburg/Lahn
1989 - 1992: Highschool focus economics, Marburg/Lahn, University Entrance Diploma 1992
1992 - 1995: study of Geology, Philipps University Marburg
1995 - 1998: study of Geology, University of Salzburg, graduation Mag.rer.nat., Nov. 1998;
2005 - 2008: PhD-studies, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, graduation Dr. nat. techn., Jan. 2008

Strukturelle Entwicklung der südöstlichen Nördlichen Kalkalpen: Die Bedeutung des Meliata-Deckenkomplexes und südvergenter postgosauischer Rücküberschiebungen (Structural develpoment of the southeastern part of the Northern Calcareous Alps - the meaning of southvergent postgosau dated backthrusts), supervisor Prof. Franz Neubauer

Hydrogeologische Erkundung der Aquifereigenschaften des Hauptdolomits - ein Beitrag zur Erschließung neuer Trinkwasserressourcen am Kalkalpennordrand (The aquifer charactersitics of the dolomite formation - a new approach for providing drinking water in the Northern Calcareous Alps in Germany and Austria), supervisor Prof. Jean-Friedrich Schneider

2012-2013: Training course for University Didactics, Divison for Personnel Development, University Salzburg

2016 Venia docendi Geology, Habilitation Thesis: Groundwater quality in mountain aquifers - abiotic and biotic components as hydrogeological agents in fractured hard rock hydrogeology. University of Salzburg, Austria

Sports and Hobbies

mountaineering, cross country skiing and alpine tour skiing, beekeeping


1996 - 1997: Geological mapping by order of the Geological Survey of Austria
1997 - 1998: Freelance work in karst research projects in the National Park of Berchtesgaden, Germany
1998 - 2001: GEOCONSULT ZT GmbH, Salzburg, Environmental and Hydrogeologist
2001 - 2009: GWU Geologie Wasser Umwelt, Salzburg, project manager for Environmental and Hydrogeology
2008 - 2009: Visiting lecturer for Environmental Geology, University of Salzburg, Department Geography and Geology
2009 - 2012: Postdoc for Environmental Geology, University of Salzburg, Department Geography and Geology
2012 - 2016: Assistant Professor for Environmental Geology, University of Salzburg, Department Geography and Geology

since Dec. 2016: Associate Professor for Environmental Geology, University of Salzburg, Department Geography and Geology

favorite occupation: hydrogeological field work in mountain regions

Skills and Expertise


  • hydrogeology of fractured hard rocks
  • hydrochemistry and hydrochemical modelling
  • isotope hydrology
  • investigation, evaluation and developing of cleanup operations for pollutant areas
  • environmental impact assessment


  • German - mother tongue
  • English - fluent
  • basic knowledge of French and Italian

Memberships and Functions

ÖGG - Österreichische Geologische Gesellschaft, vice president from 2020 to 2022, president since 2023

ÖVH - Österreichische Vereinigung für Hydrogeologie, annual accounts auditor

FH-DGG - Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e.V.

Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences (AJES), Assoc. Editor since 2011, Editor of the special issue Hydrogeology, AJES Vol. 109/1 (2016)

Hydrogeology Journal, Associate Editor from 2017 to 2019

Forum Bergbau und Wasser, (mining and water forum) member of board from 2017 to 2022

Curricular Commission Geology, Department of Geographie and Geology, University of Salzburg, member since 2010, chairperson from 2018 to 2022

Academic Senate of the University of Salzburg, substitute member from 2016 to 2019

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), Nationalkomitee Geo/Hydro Sciences, member since 2018

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Paris Lodron University Salzburg from 2022 to Jan. 2024

Reviewer for:

Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, Sciendo (Associate Editor)

Hydrogeology Journal, Springer (Associate Editor 2017 - 2019)

Journal of Hydrogeology & Hydrologic Engineering (JHHE)

Journal of Geophysics & Remote Sensing, Publons

Remote Sensing, MDPI open access journal

Water, MDPI open access journal

Sustainability, MDPI open access journal

Groundwater for Sustainable Development, Elsevier

Grundwasser, Springer

Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (ZDGG), Schweizerbart