Laura Weiand joined the IASS as part of the ClimPol project (Climate Change and Air Pollution - Research Needs and Pathways to Policy Implementation) in 2016. Her research activities examine ways in which science communication and citizen engagement can enhance perceptions of air quality, and the role this has for feasibility of mitigation options at an urban scale.
Prior to joining the IASS, Laura Weiand led a socio-ecological research and development project in West Papua, which focused on building the capacity of communities, engaging people in sustainable management of fisheries, and on ecological monitoring. She holds a master in ecology and conducted her honors project with the ZMT-Leibniz Centre. Her thesis investigated the responses of economically important species to different stressors, such as land-based nutrient inputs and destructive fishing practices, in Makassar, Indonesia.