Christof Kuhn: About me

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Hi, my name is Christof Kuhn and I am from Vienna, Austria (that's not where the kangaroos live, so please excuse my funny English!). I was born in 1974. After attending the grammar school, I spent eight months in the army and then (1994), I started studying at BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. I specialized in "Civil Engineering and Water Management" and graduated in April 2004 as a "Diplomingenieur" (equivalent to Master of Science).

From November 1998 to September 2004, I worked at the Institute for Applied Geology (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences) as a laboratory and computer assistant, including helping in field work.

That's also where I worked for my diploma thesis about rockfalls. I spoke about my work at the IUFRO Workshop "Rockfall Control Engineering", which took place in Galtuer, Tyrol, Austria from June 17 to 20, 2002, and at a Geo-Workshop in Gmunden, Upper Austria (Oct 26, 2002).

From September 2004 to July 2009, I worked for the engineering consultant Wilfried Pistecky, who mainly deals with environmental and water management.

After that, I now tend to set a stronger focus on the environment. From 2010 to 2013, I worked in the NGO Kuratorium Wald, organising a project setting up the upcoming "Austrian Forest Ecology Programme". In 2014, I joined BirdLife Austria, where I am in charge of company cooperations and sponsoring in the field of nature conservation.

Not at least since the Geology-Lecture and the associated field trip, I am interested in geology, particularly in mountain building and spatial distribution of rocks, which often affects the geomorphology. Referring to that, my friends have often been wondering why I read maps and satellite images more frequently than books.


Apart from working and geology, I work in the Austrian Scouts and Guides as a scout leader. I am member of Group 39 of the organisation in Vienna. As regards international camps, I took part in the Vienna2000 and Austrian National Jamboree "" 2001 in Upper Austria.

In addition, I am writing a simulation programme (TurboPascal) to create virtual mountain views. It is pixel-orientated and works in discrete time steps. Starting with a peneplain, rivers cut into the rocks, forming valleys and mountains. Different rock resistance and dipping beds can be simulated. You can choose to view a plan, a view from above, a 3D-Image (viewed with red - blue spectacles) or a panorama (as if you were standing in the landscape). See examples (JPEGs and animations 900KB).
The programme is not very comfortable to use so far, but if you are interested, please send an E-Mail to the address below!

Regardless for my love of geology, please keep in mind that I am not a scientist. My page may contain rubbish about which you may get furious. If you do, do not hesitate to send me a mail to, to help me correct what upset you. I'm looking forward to reading your advice and your opinion!

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