About Me

and my Research

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin with a Ph.D. in Urban Ecology from the University of Melbourne and German Diplom in Biology from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Since my PhD, I am passionate about combining ecological research with social science theories and to expand my knowledge and expertise in this area. I am particularly interested in insectivorous bats in urban areas (my expertise) and human-wildlife relationships in general (my passion).

Since I can remember, I was always passionate about wildlife (conservation) and I was fortunate to gain experiences in this field in academia as well as in NGOs (non-governmental organisations). I worked together with and in international NGOs, including the Jane Goodall Institute Germany, German Animal Welfare Federation, WEMA HOME e.V. and Earthwatch Australia. Knowing both ‘worlds’, I enjoy building (communication) bridges between NGOs and academia to influence conservation practices.

I am an avid traveler and appreciate learning more about other cultures and the conservation issues that people in other parts of this world hold. Given my passion for conservation and travels, I was fortunate to work in amazing parts of the world, including West Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia. 

Some memories from my field work and travels