Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1978
    Studied biology and chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1978
    Diplom degree in biology

  • 1978
    State examination for grammar-school teaching certification in the subjects biology and chemistry

  • 1978 – 1981
    Staff researcher under the Chair of landscape ecology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany

  • 1983
    Doctorate in landscape ecology

  • 1984 – 1995
    Academic councillor/Senior councillor under the Chair for landscape ecology (II) at the Technical University of Munich

  • 1994
    Appointed C4 professor of landscape ecology and landscape planning at Giessen University, Germany

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) as Dr agr. habil. and granted teaching qualification for the subject landscape ecology

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • amies: Analysing multiple interrelationships between environmental and societal processes in mountainous regions of Georgia (interdisciplinary cooperative project of Giessen University (ZEU, IFZ), Germany, and the Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia, and the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia); funded by the VW Foundation, 2010 – 2013

  • LUCA: Land use, ecosystem services and human welfare in Central Asia. Junior scientists' programme Volkswagen Foundation funding initiative: Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus (project partner: Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU); Giessen University, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam, Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences and Marburg University, 2010 – 2013

International contacts:

  • Prof. M. Chytr, Department of Botany, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (joint research on the dispersal biology of rare Viola species in flood meadows along the Rhine and Tisza)

  • Prof. V. N. Pilipenko, Director of the Institute for Environmental Problems, Dean of the Faculty at the Astrakhan State Pedagogical University, Russia (joint research on changes in the ecosystem structure of the lower Volga valley, biomonitoring and satellite image classification)

  • Professor Dr Shudong ZHOU, College of Economics and Trade, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China (analysis of the invasibility of the land-use pattern in the region around Nanjing (in southeastern China) for the invasive species Solidago altissima)

  • Professor Dr George Nakhutsrishvili, Prof. Maia Akhalkatsi, Prof. Otar Abdaladze, Institute for Botany, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (interdisciplinary research on changes in the vegetation cover in the Major and Minor Caucasus (Kazbegi region, Bakuriani region) caused by changes in land-use systems as a result of Georgia's independence)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS)

  • Gesellschaft für Angewandte Botanik (applied botany association)

  • German Society of Agronomy

  • Specialist group "Population Biology" of the GfÖ (Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland)

  • Specialist group "Agroecology" of the GfÖ

  • Floristisch-Soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft (floristic and sociological organisation), Reinhold Tüxen Society

  • Executive committee of the Dachverband für die Agrarwissenschaftliche Forschung (DAF – Confederation of Researchers in Agricultural Science), since 1999

  • Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), vice president of the GfÖ, 1997 – 2005

Advisory boards:

  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany, 2004 – 2009

  • Life Science Centre at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2002 – 2006

  • Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), a centre belonging to the Leibniz Association (WGL)9 in Müncheberg, Germany, 1998 – 2003

  • Ingenieurökologische Vereinigung (IÖV – association of ecological engineers), since 1998

  • Editorial board, Landscape and Urban Planning, since 2007

  • Editorial board, Tuexenia, since 2004

  • Editorial board, Neobiota, since 2001

  • Editorial board, Basic and Applied Ecology, since 1999

  • Member and deputy chairperson of review board 207 Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Veterinary Medicine in the subject area Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes, German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2004

  • Vice dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management, 2002 – 2005

  • Chairperson of the doctoral committee for Faculty 09 – Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management, since 2001

  • Various search committees (university internal and external), various national agencies in a scientific advisory capacity

  • Scientific advisory committee on agricultural policies, sustainable agricultural land use and the development of rural areas in the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), since 2003

  • Advancement and support of junior scientists, since 2001

Reviewer for technical journals:

  • Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Applied Vegetation Science, Basic and Applied Ecology, Folia Geobotanic, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Vegetation Science, Landscape Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, Neobiota, Phytocoenologia, Tuexenia, Zeitschrift für Pflanzenbau

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