finished her study at the University of Rostock in 1986 with a degree in agriculture. She became the head of one department for livestock farming in a state-owned agricultural farm. After a training in business administration, marketing, law and English followed by residency in England she worked as a speaker for Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), national association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and since 2003 as the leader of the BUND-Project “Tree and Avenue protection”. During this time she qualified as a FLL-certified tree inspector and took part in training for tree maintenance at Justus-von-Liebig-School Hannover.