Maurice’s Bachelor's degree in Earth Science and his Master's degree in Atmospheric and Climate Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in Switzerland provided him with a comprehensive knowledge in mathematics, physics, biology and earth sciences. To broaden his knowledge in climate research and his great interest in ocean sciences, Maurice undertook a research practicum at UNSW to work on his Master thesis titled "Mechanisms Driving Ocean Heat Uptake over ENSO Events". In this project, Maurice simulated his own idealised ENSO events in a global ocean model and investigated processes that lead to vertical heat exchanges during these events. After the completion of his Master's degree, Maurice led a collaborative research project between ETHZ and MeteoSwiss on changes in the atmospheric circulation over Central Europe before returning to UNSW for his PhD studies.