• Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Change
  • Biodiversity and Health
  • Citizen Science (strategy and conceptual development, several citizen science projects)
  • Science-society-policy interface
  • Head of Department Ecosystem Services at UFZ and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
  • Professor of Ecosystem Services at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Lead author of IPBES and several ecosystem service assessments; Member of DFG German Committee for Sustainability Research (DKN/Future Earth); Member of Scientific Advisory Board Thünen Institute; Associate Editor of ‚People and Nature‘
  • Automated phytoplankton analysis as part of water quality assessment
  • Automated bioaerosol (e.g. pollen, fungal spores) and particulate matter analysis as part of air quality assessment
  • Pollen (Allergies and Pollination) as important part of plant-pollinator interactions
  • o Connection between pollen, particulate matter and the appearance of allergies
  • o Innovative, quick and exact methods to determine cell concentration
  • Working group leader and scientist at the Department for Physiological Diversity at the UFZ Leipzig and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
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  • Butteflies: Species, developement, distribution, endangering
  • Influence of landuse and climate change on butterflies
  • Butterfly Monitoring Germany: Coordination of the citizen-science project
  • Citizen Science: experience in setting up and running a Citizen Science project
  • The value of Citizen Science data for science
  • Scientist at the Department for Conversation Biology at the UFZ in Halle
  • Long term ecosystem research and monitoring of insects and birds in agricultural dominated landscapes
  • Pollinator monitoring
  • Data management, FAIR Data
  • Scientist at the Department Community Ecology at the UFZ Halle
  • Population ecology of vertebrates
  • Herpetology
  • national and international nature and species conservation
  • effects of climate change on vertebrates
  • Statistics, programming, and modelling
  • Detection dogs for species monitoring
  • PostDoc Scientist at the department of conversation biology at the UFZ Leipzig
  • Working Group head WG Conservation oriented Population Ecology (COPE)
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  • Influence of the characteristics of different species on interdependences between the species
  • Developing, testing and applying biodiversity theory to understand the effects of global change on plant communities
  • Ecosystem, theoretical and community ecology
  • Ecological stoichiometry, niche theory and mechanisms of coexistence
  • Head of the Department of Physiological Diversity at the UFZ Leipzig and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
  • Professor for Physiological Diversity at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
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  • Impact of agricultural soil management on soil functions
  • Water and solute transport in soil
  • Soil structure/function relations
  • Modelling soil processes
  • Non-invasive imaging and quantification of soil structure including temporal dynamics
  • Head of Department Soil System Science at the UFZ Halle
  • Professor of „Soil Physics“ at Martin-Luther University Halle
  • Leader of the BonaRes Centre for Soil Research
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  • biological invasions, biogeography
  • Effects of climate change and land-use on the biodiversity and the dynamics of ecosystems
  • Anthropogenic vegetation changes
  • Invasive species
  • Concepts of nature conservation
  • Until 7/2022 Head of Research Unit „Ecosystems of the Future“ and Head of Department of Community Ecology; now retired
  • Board Member of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)
  • Board member, International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
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  • Impacts of climate change and global change on the immigration and spread of alien plant species
  • Plant invasions and their effects on biodiversity
  • Analysis of land use patterns, environmental parameters on the distribution of plant species on a macro-ecological scale
  • Biological and ecological characteristics of invasive plants
  • Patterns and processes of plant diversity in urban areas
  • Vegetation Development of Alpine glacier forefields
  • Curator of the "Database of Biological and Ecological Traits of the Flora of Germany (BiolFlor)"
  • Since 7/2022 Head of the Department of Community Ecology at the UFZ Halle
  • Head of the Macroecology group at the UFZ Halle
  • Professor for Macroecology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Land Resource Management utilizing integrated simulation models
  • Global analysis of biodiversity and landuse
  • Effects of landuse on global agricultural markets
  • Coordination of international research projects
  • Since 7/2022 Head of the Research Unit "Ecosystems of the Future"
  • Head of the Department of Computational Landscape Ecology at the UFZ Leipzig
  • Professor for Applied Landscape Ecology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Spokesperson of the Helmholtz Research School ESCALATE (Ecosystem Services Under Changing Land-Use and Climate)
  • Above-belowground interactions, Rhizosphere interactions
  • Litter decomposition
  • Soil microflora
  • Interactions in the rhizosphere
  • Scientist at the Department Community Ecology at the UFZ Halle
  • Scientific coordinator oft he UFZ research station Bad Lauchstädt
  • Scientific coordinator oft he „Global Change Experimental Facility“ (GCEF) in Bad Lauchstädt
  • Ecology of Insects in Cultural Landscapes
  • Biodiversity, Land Use and Social-Ecological Systems
  • Inter- and Transdisciplinary Cooperation and Projects
  • Science-Society-Policy Interface
  • Impacts of climate and land-use change on biodiversity
  • Effects of reduced biodiversity on the resilience of ecosystems and humans (e.g. pest outbreaks, pandemics)
  • Head of the Department of Conversation Biology & Social-Ecological Systems at the UFZ Halle and Leipzig
  • Professor of Ecology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Coordinating Lead Author in the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC
  • Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES pollination Assessment
  • Review Board of DFG (German Research Foundation) for the field of Agriculture, forest science and animal medicine: Ecology of agricultural landscapes
  • Member of the environmental expert panel of the German government
  • - Structures of aquatic ecosystems
  • - Chains of effects of hydrological extremes (Drought, flood)
  • - Modeling of aquatic ecosystems
  • - Analysis of environmental systems
  • - Integrated management of water resources
  • - Local, national and global perspective
  • - Interface Science-Politics
  • - Head of Research Unit „Water resources and environment“
  • - Head of Department of aquatic ecosystems and management at the UFZ Magdeburg
  • - Professor of aquatic ecosystems and -management at the University of Dresden
  • - Science-policy adviser in steering the Swiss National Porgram „Sustainable Water use“
  • - Elected Member oft he SAC’s „Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area“ (PRIMA)
  • - Elected Member at the german office to the UNESCO „International Hydrological Programme“
  • - Scientific coordinator of the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA)
  • Effects of human stressors and hydrological extremes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Response of freshwater food webs to stressors across geographical scales
  • Scientist at the Department River Ecology at the UFZ Magdeburg
  • Head of the research ‘Food web ecology’ at the UFZ
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  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • The dynamics of water and matter fluxes in catchments
  • Simulation and prediction of matter and solute exports from the landscape
  • Interplay between hydrologic dynamics and biogeochemical processes
  • Landscape water balance
  • Head of the Department of Hydrogeology at the UFZ Leipzig
  • Professor of Hydrological Modeling at the University of Bayreuth
  • Speaker of the integration platform “Freshwater Resources” at UFZ
  • Member of the „Groundwater Technical Committee“ of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)