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Curriculum vitae


Education


2014                State doctoral thesis (Habilitationsschrift) submitted, titled “Root system functioning – External factors, internal heterogeneity, and methodological difficulties” (03.2014), and habilitation colloquium "Kohlenstoffallokation in Feinwurzelrespiration und -umsatz" (28.11.2014) passed to gain the venia docendi (degree obtained: Priv.-Doz.) in “Ecophysiology of plants”, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria.

2004 - 2008     PhD study, Department of Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Research, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. 
Degree obtained: Dr. rer. nat.
Thesis title:
Impact of climate change-induced drought on tree root hydraulic properties and competition belowground.

2000 - 2003    Study of biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. 
Degree obtained: Diplom Biologe (Major: Botany, Minors: Genetics and Nature conservation) 
Thesis title: Konkurrenz zwischen vier verschiedenen Baumarten in einem Eichenmischbestand im Mitteldeutschen Trockengebiet. In German.

1999 – 2000    Studies of biology, geography and social studies for lectureship, University of Kassel, Germany.

1998 – 2000    Pre-Diploma
study of biology, and certificate study of environmental law, University of Kassel, Germany.
 
 

Work experience

2012 - 2015     Postdoctoral Research Associate & Senior Lecturer (Universitätsassistent), Institute for Forest Ecology, Department of Forest and Soil Science, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria.

2008 - 2009     SSA Dryland Research-Fellow, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel.

2008 - 2009     PostDoc, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.
 
2006                SSA Dryland Research-Fellow, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel.

2002 - 2008     Undergraduate/Scientific Assistant/Lecturer, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany

1999 - 2000     Assistant, Hesse Broadcasting Corporation (HR), Hesse Television, Studio Kassel, Germany.
 
 
Teaching experience (selection)
 
Lecturer:

2015 - dato       Master-seminar for forestry students. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

2015 - dato       PhD-seminar for forestry students. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

2014 - dato       Introduction to Ecology I: Ecological Genetics, Population Ecology, Behavioural Ecology [Grundlagen der Ökologie 1: Ökologische Genetik, Verhaltens- und Populationsökologie]. Undergraduate course. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Together with T. Geburek and S. Renner.

June 2013         Introduction to root ecology. Concentrated graduate course. Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. Guest lecturer.

2013 - dato       Experimental Methods in Forest Ecology [Experimentelle Methoden in der Waldökologie]. Graduate course. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Together with H. Schume and H. Göransson.

2012 - dato       Roots and Mycorrhiza [Wurzeln und Mykorrhiza in der Waldökologie]. Graduate course. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Together with D.L. Godbold and H. Göransson.  

2012 - dato       Bachelor-seminar for forestry students. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.
 
2012 - dato       Forest Ecology [Waldökologie]. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Together with IFE staff.
 
2012 - 2015       Introduction to scientific work [Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten]. 2 classes in parallel. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.
 
2010 - 2011       Plant Carbon Metabolism. Graduate course. Albert Katz International School of Desert Studies. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, Israel. Together with S. Rachmilevitch.

2009 – 2010      Plant Ecophysiology Methods. Concentrated graduate course. Katz International School of Desert Studies. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, Israel. Together with S. Rachmilevitch.

2008                 Community Ecology – Competition [Ökologie II]. Graduate course. Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. Together with C. Leuschner.
 
2007                 Sports Ecology – Sports and Nature Conservation [Sportökologie]. Inter-faculty graduate course. Faculties of Biology and Sports Science, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.
 

 
Teaching Assistant / Tutor:
 

2006 – 2007    Introduction to Botany (Part: Physiological Plant Ecology). Undergraduate course. Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

2004               Ecology II: Community Ecology – Competition. Graduate course. Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

2003 – 2004     Biology for Medicine Students (Part II: Botany). Undergraduate course. Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

2003               Ecology I: Geobotany. Graduate course. Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany.

 


 
Scientific services
 
Reviewer (selection):     
 
Biomass and Bioenergy, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Flora, Journal of Arid Environments, Journal of Experimental Botany, Photosynthetica, Plant and Soil, Plant Biosystems, Plant Ecology, Plant Ecology and Diversity, Tree Physiology


Editorial Boards:

2014            Plant and Soil (Consulting Editor)
2014            Frontiers in Plant Science - Functional Plant Ecology (Associate Editor)
2012  2014   Frontiers in Plant Science - Functional Plant Ecology, Research topic "Ecophysiology of root systems-environment interactions" (Guest Editor)


Memberships in Academic Societies / University Bodies:

2011 –           Membership at the Israeli Society of Plant Sciences (ISPS).

2011 –           Membership at the International Society for Root Research (ISRR)

2005 – 2008   Member of the Study Committee (voting), Faculty of Biology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

2003 – 2008   Member of the Managing Board (voting), Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

2003 –           Membership at the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfÖ).

 
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