Oliver is part of the Department of Effect-Directed Analysis since October 2017. He is funded by the University of Leipzig as a contribution to the ESCALATE program, which aims to educate a new generation of young scientists in ecosystem service research and part of the project P3: People, Pollutants and Pathogens – Mountain ecosystems in a human altered world . The focus of his research lies upon the contamination of mountain lakes in the French Pyrenees and potential adverse effects on the aquatic ecosystem.
Oliver completed his bachelor studies in Environmental Management at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. He wrote his bachelor thesis on the contamination of the great plain between Pristina and Mitrovica (Kosovo) with heavy metals and their potential impact on an increased appearance of indicator plants. Following, Oliver studied Environmental Chemistry and Health at the University of Copenhagen. He conducted a project in cooperation with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, where he evaluated the accuracy of the MAMPEC model to predict the concentrations of antifoulant products in Danish Marinas. For his master thesis he assessed the risk of copper- and zink nanoparticles containing antifouling paints on aquatic organisms at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford (UK).