For opportunities to join the lab, please have a look here.

Group leader:

  • Damaris Zurell (PhD) - Associate Professor for Ecology/Macroecology at University of Potsdam (tenure track)

Administrative assistant:

Technical and research support:

  • 2020-2021 - Simon Kapitza (M.Sc.) - data base management, biodiversity assessments, socio-economic modelling


  • 2018-2021 - Guillermo Fandos Guzman (PhD) - BIOPIC project, work package “Understanding how life history and environment shape dispersal in birds”

  • 2019-2021 - Christian König (PhD) - BIOPIC project, work package “Understanding how biotic interactions shape species’ niches”

  • 2020-2022- Juliane Wolter (PhD) - Individual postdoc project, paleoecology, effects of Arctic vegetation changes on carbon dynamics

PhD students:

  • 2018-2021 - Anne-Kathleen Malchow (M.Sc.) - BIOPIC project, PhD thesis “Understanding how life history and demography shape species’ niches”
  • 2020-2021 - Yari Osenberg - CRC1294 Data assimilation, Fitting dynamic simulation models of spatiotemporal population dynamics

Master students:

  • 2019-2020 - Mingjian Xiahou - HU Berlin, Master thesis “Effects of spatial autocorrelation on dynamic occupancy models: Estimating birds range dynamics over a 14-year time period in Switzerland”, co-supervised by Dr. Christian König


  • please find a list of former lab members here.



DAAD research exchange with Univ. Melbourne (2019-2020).


Emmy Noether project funded by the German Science Foundation DFG (2018-2023).


Ambizione project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF (2016-2019).


Interdisciplinary project funded by the Swiss Data Science Center (2017-2019).


Marie Curie fellowship funded by FP7 (2014-2016).

PhD thesis

My PhD research funded by Scholarship from University of Potsdam (2007-2011).


You can find a full list of my publications here.

My ResearcherID is E-2439-2012. You can also find me on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar.


Teaching materials for practicals:

Teaching experience:

  • Coordinator of MSc module “Macroecology and global change”, Univ. Potsdam, since 2020
  • Lecturer MSc module “Scientific writing”, HU Berlin, winter semester 2019
  • Coordinator of MSc module “Global change impacts on biodiversity”, HU Berlin, winter semesters 2018 and 2019
  • Co-advisor in course “Spatial modelling: From climate & land use change to biodiversity conservation”, ETH Zürich, autumn semesters 2016 and 2017
  • Lecturer within block course “Macroecology, niche evolution and climate change”, University of Zurich, autumn semester 2014
  • Visiting lecturer for block course “Introduction to data analysis in R for geographers”, University of Tübingen, winter semester 2012-2013
  • Co-advisor in block course “Advanced ecological modelling”, University of Potsdam, winter semester 2012
  • Co-advisor in block course “Introduction to ecological modelling”, University of Potsdam, summer semester 2011
  • Lecturer for seminar “Simulation methods in Hydrology and Geoecology”, University of Potsdam, winter semester 2008
  • Lecturer for seminar “Landscape Ecology”, University of Potsdam, summer semester 2007


You can download some of my codes from my github site.

Latest software developments in my team include:

  • an R package for the RangeShifter platform. More info under
  • a Shiny web app introducing and facilitating the usage of the ODMAP protocol for reporting SDM. Check out here: