Curriculum Vitae


  • Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D. eq.) in geophysical sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2013
    thesis supervised by Prof. Dr. Alan W. Harris, title: Remnant Planetesimals and their Collisional Fragments: Physical Characterization from Thermal-Infrared Observations
  • Diploma (M.Sc. eq.) in physics at Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2009
    thesis supervised by Prof. Dr. Jochen Heidt, title: Polarimetric Monitoring of Blazars at San Pedro Martir
  • Abitur at Staatliches Kolleg Mannheim, 2004


  • assistant astronomer at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, since March 2018
  • research associate at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, July 2016-February 2018
  • post-doctoral researcher at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, July 2013- June 2016
  • invited short-term scholar at University of Arizona, Tucson, 2011-2012
  • PhD student at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Berlin, Germany, 2009-2013
  • Research and Teaching Assistant at Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2007-2009
  • professional training as business management assistant at Grosskraftwerk Mannheim AG, 1998-2001

Teaching Experience

  • 4 semesters as teaching assistant for introductory physics classes at Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • undergraduate/graduate research experience (AST485/PHY685) ‘asteroid lightcurve observations’ using the NAU 0.5m campus telescope, NAU, spring 2015
  • graduate seminar, NAU, fall 2015
  • Python for Scientists, NAU, spring 2016
  • Introduction to Python for Scientists, NAU, fall 2016

Public Outreach

Reviewer Appointments

  • Icarus
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Planetary and Space Science
  • Astronomy and Computing
  • Spitzer Space Telescope (external reviewer)
  • NASA ROSES programs (external reviewer)


  • NAU undergraduate student Connor Auge (March 2016 – June 2017)
  • co-mentoring NAU master student Nathan Smith (Oct 2015 – May 2017)
  • NAU master student Cassandra Lejoly (Oct 2014 – May 2016)
  • REU student Joe Avenoso (June 2015 – July 2015)

Software Development

  • sbpy
  • photometry pipeline
  • astroquery.jplhorizons
  • callhorizons


  • main belt asteroid 12893 (1998 QS 55) named Mommert
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for ‘exemplary science implementation, analysis and execution of the Spitzer 2011 MD and 2009 BD near-Earth asteroid observations for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission’, 2015
  • NAU2016 Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Award winner, category: most promising postdoctoral researcher/scholar