Doctoral Candidates


Felix Pollak



Felix obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics at the Free University of Berlin in 2020 while spending two ERASMUS semesters abroad in the UK at the University of Bath. He could gain some first research experience during an internship at the HZDR research institute in Dresden in 2019. Due to his increasing interest in programming and environmental topics, he continued his studies at the University of Heidelberg. Here, he graduated in 2023 with a master’s degree in physics, specializing in computational and environmental physics. In his master’s thesis, he focused on the parameterization of atmospheric convection within an Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity.

His motivation to pursue a PhD in Paleoclimatology stems from a drive to better understand the climate system and its underlying mechanisms, which is of essential importance regarding the current climate change. His PhD project offers an exciting opportunity for him to apply his environmental interests with his interest in numerical modelling and coding.


His research interests are Climate science, Earth System Modelling, Climate Change, Climate Variability, Paleoclimatology and Mid-Pleistocene Transition.

Besides his academic interests, Felix enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities like hiking and mountaineering. He also enjoys playing Badminton and reading books.