Pia Laue


I am a physical geographer and environmental scientist from Northern Germany. My interest in human-nature relationships evolved after I volunteered for a environmental department in Hamburg.

This experience gave me insights into how people interact with their natural environment. The relationship between humans and nature is inseparable – but subject to changes into positive or negative impacts. How we live with our environment and how we can improve our lives and that of nature has fascinated me ever since.

I studied Geography in my undergraduate degree with the focus on soil conservation and landscape ecology. From there, I continued my master’s program in Environmental Management with the focus on hydrological challenges in rural areas in Northern Germany and South-East Asia.

Current (PhD) Research

My current research (2020-2024) is part of the EPA-funded SloWaters project. The project aims to achieve Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) in Ireland which involves slowing or storing floodwater to attenuate flood runoff with a catchment-based approach.


Ecosystem Services Chindwin: Flood Protection
  • 2017 – 2019 M.Sc. Environmental Management (University of Kiel, Germany)
    • Thesis: “Water-related Ecosystem Services in the Chindwin River Catchment, Myanmar”
  • 2013 – 2017 B.Sc. Geography (University of Kiel, Germany)
    • Thesis: “Soils as Carbon Storage: Potentials of different cultivation methods for C sequestration”


E-Mail: lauep@tcd.ie

Twitter: @Piaeual and @NWRM_Ire

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