I am a PostDoc researcher at iDiv, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. My overarching interest is in exploring how the way we manage the ecosystem/landscape influences services and disservices nature holds for human health and wellbeing. When approaching an ecological problem, I try to understand it across all spatial and temporal scales because only then can we gather sufficient knowledge to make sound management recommendations. I am fascinated by spatial patterns and by how humans both shape and are shaped by the landscapes they inhabit.
At day I coordinate and participate in the LUCKINet project, which is being carved out at the moment. At night I work in my own project (FunBo), where I research the effects of landscape patterns on ecosystem functioning with respect to small mammal.
PhD in Biodiversity/Ecosystem Services, 2017
Department of Geobotany, University of Freiburg, Germany
Diplom in Agricultural Biology, 2011
University of Hohenheim, Germany
The rasterTools package provides a toolchain for a transparent and reproducible workflow to obtain and process spatial (earth observation) data for an evidence based approach to landscape ecological questions.
In many parts of Europe, the original forest cover has strongly reduced and forests presently occur as small fragments, often embedded in an intensively used agricultural matrix. Despite their small size, these forest patches often act as refugia for biodiversity.