Marburg University, Germany. My main interest is biodiversity research focusing on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of human activities. I believe that some of the most important questions in conservation ecology today are to what degree organisms can persist in human-shaped landscapes and what can be done to make these human-dominated habitats more hospitable for biodiversity.
Over the past years my studies in agricultural landscapes of Switzerland (Bern University) and tropical forests of Kenya and Uganda (BIOTA AFRICA) were dealing with the consequences of human impact for genetic diversity of an endangered tree species, species diversity of e.g. frugivorous birds and monkeys, ecosystem services such as pollination and dispersal as well as with the regeneration potential of plantations and agricultural landscapes.
My recent recent scientific work focusses on:
1. Investigations of plant-animal interactions (e.g. pollination, seed dispersal, regeneration) at different spatial scales
2. Studies on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of human impact
3. Developing sound management recommendations to conserve biodiversity and to sustain ecosystem functioning
For further information please feel free to take a closer look at my projects and publications, to visit the webpage of my working group (here) or to contact me via email.