About Me

Dr. Christian Katlein

Sea ice physicist
Tour & mountain guide

Born in Marburg a.d. Lahn in Germany in the radioactive year of 1986 and raised next to the beautiful Blackforest close to Freiburg.

After my studies in Astrophysics and Geophysics at the Universities of Tübingen and Svalbard (UNIS), i moved to Bremen to complete my degree in physics at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven.

I finished my PhD about the transmission of light through Arctic sea ice at Jacobs University Bremen and AWI, where I was working as postdoctoral researcher for the FRAM and MOSAiC projects with a short stint at the Université Laval in Québec city. Currently I am part of the scientific technical committee for the rebuild of the new German research icebraker Polarstern 2 where I am responsible for underwater robotics and scientific equipment.

My passion for the outdoors and particularly the mountains is reflected in over a decade of experience as tour guide in Spitsbergen, youth group leader, trail manager, board member and mountaineering instructor for the german alpine club (DAV)

If you want to know more, you find a recent version of my CV here, as well as information on my current research interests as well as a list of publications.