I am interested in the effects of human interventions on biodiversity and ecosystem functions. My favourite tool are maps of vegetation and habitats that I strive to connect with field based ecological knowledge.
I became first interested in ecology when carrying out bird inventories at the German North-Sea coast. Following an applied approach I then obtained an engineering degree of landscape planning in Berlin with a focus on urban ecology. After this I worked as a habitat mapper in a range of temperate ecosystems. It was finally my passion for big old trees that brought me to delve deeper into tropical forests.
I am a PhD student in the FONASO program, based at CIRAD in Montpellier, France and at Bangor University. I am following the temporal and spatial dynamics of frontier roads built into the Congo Basin rainforests for selective logging. Based on remotely sensed and field based information I investigate which factors influence persistence of these logging roads and what characterizes forest recovery on and around them.