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Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography
Since 2018 Postdoctoral Research associate in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research at University College London, UK. In the framework of the project "Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS)'', I study effects of land use and climate change on biodiversity and feedbacks on ecosystem services related to food system and human health.

2017 PhD in Earth system science from the University of Hamburg, Germany and the International Max Planck Research School for Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg, Germany. Topic of PhD Thesis: "Effects of plant diversity on simulated climate-vegetation interaction towards the end of the African Humid Period''.

2014 Masters degree in Earth system science from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Topic of Master Thesis: "The impact of a large scale plantation of Jatropha curcas L. on convection initiation under monsoonal conditions in the coastal desert of Oman''.

2010 Bachelors degree in Biology - Major Botany - from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Topic of Bachelor Thesis: "Determination of the latewood density of south German pines (Pinus sylvestris L. with the new method "Blue Intensity'' at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition''.

 
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Research Summary

My research interests lie in the field of Earth system science including past, present and future. I am especially interested in the interaction between the terrestrial biosphere and climate, the impacts of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning, and the role of human influence in the Earth system.

Currently, I work as a Postdoctoral Research fellow on the Wellcome trust funded project on Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems  (SHEFS). I study the effects of land use change and climate change on biodiversity in Southern Africa using species distribution models coupled to the demographic model RAMAS-GIS. Eventually, I'm interested in feedbacks on ecosystem services related to food systems and human health.



Teaching Summary

2019, 2020 Teaching assistant for the undergraduate course "Species Conservation and Biodiversity'' at University College London, UK.

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