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

Group leader:

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

Administrative assistant:

Technical and research support:

  • Simon Kapitza (M.Sc.) - data base management, biodiversity assessments, socio-economic modelling
  • Jette Reeg (PhD) - ecological modeller and scientific programmer


  • Guillermo Fandos Guzman (PhD) - BIOPIC project, work package “Understanding how life history and environment shape dispersal in birds”
  • Christian König (PhD) - BIOPIC project, work package “Understanding how biotic interactions shape species’ niches”
  • Juliane Wolter (PhD) - Individual postdoc project, paleoecology, effects of Arctic vegetation changes on carbon dynamics

PhD students:

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

Bachelor/Master students:

  • Anshika Kulshrestha - HNE Eberswald, Master thesis on dynamic occupancy modelling of Swiss breeding birds
  • Elisabeth Riegel - Univ. Potsdam, Bachelor thesis on movement metrics in white storks
  • Bennett Stolze - FU Berlin, Bachelor thesis on seasonal niche overlap in white storks


  • please find a list of former lab members here.



Interdisciplinary project funded by the Swiss Data Science Center (2020-2022).


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:

Current teaching:

  • BSc course “Introduction to scientific working in ecology”, Univ. Potsdam
  • MSc course “R preparatory course”, Univ. Potsdam
  • MSc module “Macroecology and global change”, Univ. Potsdam
  • MSc module “Quantitative conservation biogeography”, Univ. Potsdam


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: