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

Lab head:


  • 2018-2019 - Patrice Descombes (PhD) - SPEEDMIND project, Improving biodiversity analyses and citizen science feedback through data mining approaches. Based at WSL with Niklaus E Zimmermann

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

PhD students:

  • 2018-2021 - Anne-Kathleen Malchow (M.Sc.) - BIOPIC project, PhD thesis “Understanding how life history and demography shape species’ niches”

PhD mentoring:

  • 2015-2018 - Merlin Schäfer (M.Sc.) - University of Potsdam, PhD thesis “Effects of altered migratory bird links on regional biodiversity”, Main academic lead: Prof. Florian Jeltsch, Univ. Potsdam


  • 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.


  • Coordinator of MSc module “Global change impacts on biodiversity”, HU Berlin, since 2018
  • 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 2012-2013
  • 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 2008-2009
  • Lecturer for seminar “Landscape Ecology”, University of Potsdam, summer semester 2007


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


  • +49 30 2093 6839
  • Postal address: Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Geography Department, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany || Office address: Rudower Chaussee 16, D-12489 Berlin, Room 1.209