Professional Career

  • since 2009
    Professor for Ecosystem Modelling, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen
  • 2006 - 2011
    Faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"
  • 2003 - 2008
    Assistant professor, Head of Spatial Ecology Lab, Institute of Ecology, University of Jena
  • 2001 - 2003
    Researcher, Agricultural Sciences, University of Giessen
  • 1999 - 2001
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, USA, and Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • 1996 - 1999
    Doctorate, University of Marburg, A model of the spatio-temporal population dynamics of Acacia raddiana
  • 1996 - 1999
    PhD student, UFZ-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig
  • 1996
    Physics (Diploma), University of Marburg, Germany

Engagement in the Research System

  • since 2023: Associate editor, Journal of Vegetation Science
  • since 2021: Spokesperson of the Graduate School Forest and Agricultural Sciences (GFA), University of Göttingen, Germany
  • since 2021: Board member of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
  • since 2021: Executive board member of Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) - Committee for International Affairs
  • since 2021: Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
  • since 2020: Member of Review Board 202 (Plant Sciences) of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • since 2012: Deputy spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) EFForTS–990 Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia), University of Göttingen, Germany (funded by DFG)