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)

  • since 2000
    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)

  • 2015 -2016
    Member of the Project Advisory Group to review and critically evaluate a Pan-European experiment to quantify the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators


  • 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
    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.

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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