Physical geography of mountain regions focusing particularly on (a) geomorphic processes and landforms in glacial and periglacial environments, (b) permafrost (spatial distribution, thermal regime, rock glacier), (c) glaciology, (d) effects of global change, and (f) mass wasting processes and related natural hazards
Landscape dynamics during the Quaternary with emphasis on glacier and rock glacier dynamics as well as permafrost conditions during Alpine Lateglacial and Holocene period.
Active volcanism, glaciers and permafrost relationship
Interdisciplinary human-environment research in a historical context
Mining activities at present and in the past