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Academic vita

since December ’17 freelance biologist and research associate at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute of Linguistics and Literary Studies.

December ’15 – November ’17: Scientific Secretary of the DFG Senate Commission on Biodiversity Research, as a PostDoc position at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

February ’13 – August ’15: PostDoc at Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution (ISEM), Université Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, France, in the BioDICée Lab with Sonia Kéfi

  • Developping models of effects of livestock grazing on spatial structure and resiliene of vegetation cover in an EU-funded, interdisciplinary project on Catastrophic Shifts in Drylands (CASCADE).
  • Co-supervision of undergraduate research (Master-theses on spatial vegetation structure modelling)

March ’09 – November ’12: PhD at Technische Universität Darmstadt (GER), group of Ulrich Brose (Ecological Networks).

  • passed with ‘distinction’
  • Thesis: ‘Predator diversity and ecosystem functioning: An allometric approach’
  • Funded by a PhD-fellowship of Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

October ’02 – January ’09: Diplom in Biology at Technische Universität Darmstadt (GER)

  • passed with result ‘very good’
  • Diploma thesis: ‘Effects of predator diversity and intra-guild predation on ecosystem function’
  • Main subjects: Ecology, Environmental Science, and Botany

Other work experience

Assistant Coordinator at Center for Interdisciplinary Study Programs at Technische Universität Darmstadt, for the study program ‘Umweltwissenschaften’ (Environmental Science).

  • Coordination of interdisciplinary seminars
  • Promotion of the study program via print media and websites


2012 two-year PostDoc fellowship by DAAD, for a project entitled ‘Disentangling identity effects in consumer communities: an integrative approach on synthetic composition experiments’ at University of Zürich with Owen Petchey (I rejected in favour of the position in Montpellier, France)

2009 three-year PhD fellowship, Promotionsstipendium by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (; AZ 20008/995)

Other academic activities

I am acting as reviewer for the following journals:

  • Ecology Letters
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Journal of Animal Ecology
  • Ecosphere
  • Acta Oecologica