I aim to become a scientist with a general understanding of many aspects of ecology. However, my principal research interests are in the field of ecology and entomology. I have a broad interest in applied (e.g. bio-control, ecosystem services) and basic ecology (e.g. behavioral-, landscape-, community-, population-, evolutionary ecology) and I am always eager to broaden my scientific profile.
I am also working with R since nearly 10 years and I am constantly developing my statistical skills within this coding environment. Since two years I am learning and started to use Bayesian statistics (starting with JAGS and continued with STAN) and analyzing data is a task I really enjoy.
During my Master thesis I worked on mutualistic and trophic interaction in leaf cutting ants, especially on the food plant selection and plant defense.
The focus of my PhD was on aggregation behavior by studying the blue willow leaf beetle that lives gregariously. In this system I addressed basic ecological questions, like does this leaf beetle has a spatial memory and how does group living lowers predation risk, and more applied questions, like do weeds increase the presence of biological control agents of this beetle within young willow plantations.
My first post doc position was in statistical epidemiology and modelling honeybee diseases. With this work I tried to contribute to the understanding of American Foulbrood and viruses on honeybee health.
Currently I have a post doc position that tries to tie together several aspects of forests. These aspects include wood demand from forestry, recreational effects of forests on human well being, ecosystem services, and biodiversity. My part focuses on biodiversity by modeling the landscape-scale spatial structure of beetle communities.