Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1989
    Studied agriculture at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1989
    Diplom degree in agricultural engineering

  • 1989 – 1994
    Lecturer at the Institute of Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, dispatched to the Institut d'Economie Rurale in Niono, Mali

  • 1994
    Doctor of science in agriculture/animal husbandry from the University of Hohenheim

  • 1995 – 1997
    Postdoctoral fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Niamey, Niger

  • 1997 – 1999
    Postdoc at the Institute of Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, dispatched to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Niamey, Niger

  • 2000 – 2001
    Lecturer at ICRISAT in Niamey, Niger

  • 2001 – 2006
    Lecturer at the Institute of Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim

  • 2005
    Completion of Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Hohenheim; conferment of authorisation to teach (venia legendi ) in "animal nutrition and animal husbandry systems in the Tropics and Subtropics"

  • Since 2006
    University professor and holder of a chair for animal husbandry systems in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen, Germany (

Selected publications

  • Richter, H., Schlecht, E.: Accounting for marker disassociation when modelling ruminal escape of particles based on the faecal excretion of Ytterbium. In: Animal Feed Science and Technology 128, 2006. pp. 135-154.

  • Schlecht, E.: A spatio-temporal analysis of forage availability, grazing and excretion behaviour of cattle, sheep and goats in Western Niger. In: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 113, 2006. pp. 226-242.

  • Schlecht, E., Susenbeth, A.: Estimating the digestibility of Sahelian roughages from faecal crude protein concentration of cattle and small ruminants. In: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 90, 2006. pp. 369-379.

  • Schlecht, E. et al.: Gastrointestinal passage of Sahelian roughages in cattle, sheep and goats, and implications for livestock-mediated nutrient transfers. In: Animal Feed Science and Technology 137, 2007. pp. 93-114.

  • Brinkmann, K. et al.: Vegetation patterns and diversity along an altitudinal and a grazing gradient in the Jabal al Akhdar mountain range of northern Oman. In: Journal of Arid Environments 73, 2009. pp. 1035-1045.

  • Bürkert, A., Schlecht, E.: Performance of three GPS collars to monitor goats' grazing itineraries on mountain pastures. In: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 65, 2009. pp. 85-92.

  • Moreau, M. et al.: Use of a tri-axial accelerometer for automated recording and classification of goats' grazing behaviour. In: Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science 119, 2009. pp. 158-170.

  • Schlecht, E. et al.: Grazing itineraries and forage selection of goats in the Al Jabal al Akhdar mountain range of northern Oman. In: Journal of Arid Environments 73, 2009. pp. 355-363.

  • Dickhöfer, U. et al.: The role of pasture management for sustainable livestock production in semi-arid subtropical mountain regions. In: Journal of Arid Environments 74, 2010. pp. 962-972.

  • Diogo, R.V.C. et al.: Resource use efficiency in urban and peri-urban sheep, goat and cattle enterprises. In: Animal 4, 2010. pp. 1725-1738.

  • Diogo, R.V.C. et al.: Horizontal nutrient fluxes and food safety in urban and peri-urban vegetable and millet cultivation of Niamey, Niger. In: Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 87, 2010. pp. 81-102.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group 1397: Effects of different feeding regimes on the digestibility and faecal excretion of nitrogen, soluble carbohydrates and fibre fractions in water buffaloes kept under subtropical conditions

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project: Reproductive and growth performance of pigs in different farming systems in the Naban He watershed, SW China: testing sustainable intensification strategies (LILAC)

  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) project: The effects of climate-change associated change in availability of browse on livestock husbandry in rural Burkina Faso (ALUCCSA)

  • Volkswagen Foundation project: Challenges and opportunities for nutrient-efficient agriculture in West African cities (URBANFOOD)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Regular reviews for international journals:

  • Animal Feed Science and Technology

  • Animal

  • Geoderma

  • Journal of Arid Environments

  • Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics

  • External reader of doctoral theses in the faculties of agriculture at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the University of Wageningen, Netherlands

  • Reviewer of scholarship applications for the German National Academic Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Additional qualifications

Short stays abroad:

  • Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Yemen, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan

Longer stays:

  • Israel (8 months), Mali (3 years), Niger (6 years), Oman (8 months)


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