About me I am a post-doctoral scientist, interested in plant-animal interactions and how they influence ecosystems.
In mid 2008, I started my first postdoc position at the University of Jena, Germany, and in late 2009 I took over the scientific coordination of The Jena-Experiment (DFG FOR 1451). Due to my function as scientific coordinator I have the chance to conduct parts of my reserach in the framework of that great biodiversity experiment.
I studied Biology at the University Rostock from 1998-2004. My diploma thesis on arthropod communities in different managed coffee fields was supervised by Ragnar Kinzelbach, Teja Tscharntke and Alexandra-Maria Klein. During my Phd at the Georg-August University Göttingen (2005-2008), I worked in the agroecology group of Teja Tscharntke. I studied the community structure and interaction webs of flower-visiting and cavity-nesting insects along an experimental plant diversity gradient, and was supervised by Teja Tscharntke and Alexandra-Maria Klein.