I am a historian trained in modern Central and Eastern European history, yet my work reaches beyond the borders of Europe. Engaging with transnational questions of environmental practices, technical expertise, and space, my current book project explores how recreational mountaineering and rock climbing contributed to the appreciation of verticality as a practical experience and spatial category. I've written on nature conservation in former Yugoslavia, on the Soviet search on the Abominable snowman, and have an interest in all things wild and vertical. Appreciating the climber's love for shiny equipment and the experience that nature can be very real and not only constructed, in particular when it comes down on you in the form of falling rock, I am currently exploring new avenues of material history. In 2017, I defended my dissertation "European Mountaineers between East and West: A Transnational History of Alpinism in the Twentieth Century" at Harvard University. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.