Lotta Ortheil studied Art Theory, Media Philosophy and Media Arts at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe and IUAV University Venice. In 2017 she graduated with a Master thesis on the aesthetics of the 2008 financial crisis. During an internship as an educator in Mexico City she developed an interest in the impacts of climate change and environmental education. In 2019 she completed her second Master of Research degree in Climate Change Science and Management at Ca’ Foscari University Venice with a final report on stakeholder dialogues in the field of climate services developed in collaboration with Climate Service Center Germany in Hamburg.
In her PhD project she explores the potential role of urban food forests in sustainable city development in temperate and Mediterranean urban environments. Her general research interests include human-environmental relationships, community resilience and sustainability practices. She works as a freelance journalist for FUTURZWEI and joined the Rachel Carson Center as a PhD student in April 2021.