Prof. Dr. Teja Tscharntke

Curriculum Vitae

Education and specialisation

  • 1973-1981
    Studies in sociology and biology at the universities in Marburg and Gießen

  • 1978
    Diploma (MSc) in Sociology, University of Marburg

  • 1981
    Diploma (MSc) in Biology, University of Marburg

  • 1986
    PhD in Biology, University of Hamburg

  • 1992
    Habilitation (venia legendi) in Zoology, University of Karlsruhe

Academic appointments

  • 1985-1992
    Postdoc and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Zoology, University of Karlsruhe

  • 1992
    Offer of three tenure professor positions: C4 ecology (Hamburg), C3 zoology (Gießen), C4 agroecology (Göttingen)

  • since 1993
    Head of the Agroecology Research Group at the University of Göttingen, Faculty member in Agriculture and Biology

Professional/academic positions

  • since 1996
    Member of the Editorial Boards of Oecologia (1996-2002), Journal of Applied Ecology (2000-2006), Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (since 2002), Agriculture (2014-2019), Biology (2014-2019) and Current Opinion in Insect Science

  • since 2000
    Editor-in-Chief of Basic and Applied Ecology (the official journal of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, GfOe)

  • 2000-2020
    Speaker and coordinator of the study branch “Resource Management” of the Faculty of Agriculture (Göttingen)

  • 2000-2011
    Member of the Management Board (“Strukturkommission”) of the Faculty of Agriculture (Göttingen)

  • 2002-2010
    Member of the federal scientific board for biodiversity and genetic resources (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, BMELV)

  • 2005-2009
    Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre STORMA (“Stability of Rainforest Margins in Indonesia”) of the German Science Foundation (DFG SFB 552;

  • 2007-2009
    Member of the Managing Board of the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology

  • since 2008
    Member of the Science Committee of the agroBIODIVERSITY network of DIVERSITAS

  • since 2010
    Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SAFE (Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystem) project in Malaysia

  • since 2012
    Advisory Board of the Dorothea-Schlözer Mentoring Program (female scientific career counseling at Göttingen University)

  • since 2020
    Member of the Scientific Board of the WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) Germany


  • 2008
    Internationally most cited ecologist from Germany, Austria & Switzerland (according to the ranking in Laborjournal 10/2008: 55-57)

  • 2009
    One-year sabbatical (Excellency program of Göttingen University)

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
    Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1% most cited scientists for the fields "Environment/Ecology" and "Plant&Animal Science"
    (according to the Web of Science, ISI Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics)

  • 2017
    Internationally most cited ecologist from Germany, Austria & Switzerland (according to the ranking in Laborjournal 01/2017: 36-39)

  • 2018
    The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President’s International Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists

  • 2020
    Award for Insect Conservation 2020 by the Royal Entomological Society in recognition of "outstanding and exemplary lifetime contribution in Insect Conservation"

  • 2020
    Marsh Award for Ecology of the British Ecological Society. The prize is awarded for an outstanding current research record which is having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology or its application.

  • 2021
    Award of the Honorary Medal of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Gesellschaft für Ökologie, GfÖ) "to honour an active senior ecologist for an outstanding contribution to ecological sciences", including life-long free GfÖ membership.

  • 2022, 2023
    Ranking of the top scientists in "Ecology and Evolution" by Ranked #7 in the world and #1 in Germany, based on a D-index of 149.

  • 2023
    Number one lifetime ranking among all scholars worldwide in Agricultural Ecology.

Key research expertise

  • Landscape perspectives on biodiversity patterns and associated ecosystem services in managed and natural systems of temperate and tropical regions

  • Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, in particular herbivory, predation, parasitism and pollination, as well as multitrophic interactions and quantitative food webs

  • Multidisciplinary studies linking socioeconomic with ecological approaches

Publications: see PUBLICATIONS

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