Theresa Mannschatz graduated from Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany, in geoecology with a focus on soil science and hydrology. During her studies she lived in Brazil where she researched the effect of reforestation measures on soil properties. Subsequently, she elaborated her PhD thesis in geophysics and soil science at Technische Universität Dresden and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany through an International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies scholarship from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In her thesis she developed and tested a method combination based on geophysics and hydrological modelling to evaluate sites for reforestation in the context of soil quality and ecohydrology. Mannschatz previously worked at the United Nations Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany, and is at ResearchGate in Berlin to follow her passion for open science thinking.