Honorary Research Fellow
The University of Aberdeen
Lecturer in Vegetation Management
Environmental and Rural Science
Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351 Australia
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2018 - present: Lecturer in Vegetation Management, University of New England, Australia
2014-2018: Postdoc in the BALI-Project, based at the University of Aberdeen, studying the biodiversity and land use impacts in Malaysian Borneo
2011-2013: Scientific Coordinator of the BEF-China project, a multi-disciplinary project of 15 German, Swiss and Chinese universities
2011: Ph.D. in Biology (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Topic: “Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across structural strata in subtropical forests in China“
2008: Diploma (B.Sc. + M.Sc.) in Biology (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) studying “Trait diversity in woody species in a subtropical forest in Dujiangyan (Sichuan, China)”
In my scientific research I focus on tropical and subtropical species-rich forest ecosystems and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functions. My main interest lies in the interactions between tree species richness and functional diversity of tropical forests and the relationship with other trophic levels.
In observational and experimental studies I investigate plant community responses to species diversity as well as plant-plant interactions and plant-soil interactions and the mechanisms behind these relationships. Due to the complexity of these interactions, I often use experimental studies to disentangle biotic and abiotic links.