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My research interest lies in studying spatial population dynamics over space and time for management and conservation purposes using genetic data. I also have a keen interest in developing methods to estimate demography and the effect of landscape on dispersal and population structure.

For my research I am acquainted with a wide variety of tools such as programming languages for agent-based models and also with standard mathematical and advanced statistical techniques (species distribution modelling and Bayesian approaches) and utilizing spatial data via Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approaches.

Another important aspect of my research deals with the development of monitoring tools and techniques to optimize the management and conservation of endangered species. Here I always aim to use the latest methods and technologies.

 Academic Biography

Associate Professor for Spatial and Ecological Modelling at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia

since 01/2015

Secondment within the University of Canberra: Senior Research Fellow within the CRN Project Murray-Darling-Basin Futures.

08/2012 – 12/2014

Assistant Professor for Spatial and Ecological Modelling at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia

08/2010 - 07/2012
Postdoc at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Department for Computational Landscape Ecology, Young Investigator Group BESS - Biocontrol and Ecosystem Services.06/2006 – 06/2010   

Postdoc at the UFZ, Department for Nature Conservation

10/2002 – 05/2006

Phd thesis at the UFZ/University of Leipzig, Germany “The role of movement in a structured population of the arboreal gecko Gehyra variegata

1998 – 2002
Double Study: Biology (diploma) and teaching degree in biology & chemistry for high school level at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. (1st Stateexam for becoming a teacher & Diplomy thesis: 

"Diet selection of the yellow-footed rock wallyaby (Petrogale xanthopus) and the euro (Macropus robustus erubescens)"

1991 – 1997




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