I am an ecologist looking at patterns of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services at different spatial and temporal scales. As a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Community Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), I am currently investigating how pollinators and the services they provide are influenced by landscape and land-use intensity.
My main research interests focus on landscape ecology, macroecology, agro-ecology, pollination services and biological control. I use different approaches and methods to better understand the effects of landscape on communities and ecosystems services, both in temperate (Europe) and tropical regions (South-East Asia).
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Ph.D in Natural Sciences, 2019
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems, 2011
Université de La Réunion
B.Sc. in Biology of Organisms and Populations, 2009
Université Henri-Poincaré (UHP Nancy-1)
Our research shows how landscape heterogeneity and trophic interactions have different effects on different functional groups. While predator abundance was solely driven by the availability of prey, all other functional groups in the rice-arthropod community were significantly affected by the composition and configuration of surrounding landscape features. Landscape management aiming to improve biodiversity and biological control in rice agroecosystems should promote a diversity of land uses and habitat types within 100–300 m radii to reduce the presence of pests. Management practices should also focus on maintaining smaller rice patches and the structural connectivity of rice bunds to enhance populations of the natural enemies of rice pests. Future research should focus on the temporal and spatial manipulation of rice fields to maximize the effects of biological control.
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