Katja Schiffers

Education and work experience

  • June 2019 - forever: Researcher and programmer at the Institute for Horticulatural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany, in the lab of Prof. Dr. Eike Luedeling
  • Nov 2018 - May 2019: Researcher in the PASIT Project at the Institute for Horticulatural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany, in the lab of Prof. Dr. Eike Luedeling
  • Oct 2017 - Oct 2018: Research fellow at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in the lab of Prof. Dr. Katrin Boehning-Gaese - project coordinator and scientist in the international networking office of the DFG-funded project GFBio- German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data
  • May 2016 - Sep 2017: Maternal leave
  • Jun 2014 - Apr 2016: PostDoctoral researcher at Seckenberg BiK-F, Frankfurt, Germany, in the group of Prof. Dr. Katrin Boehning-Gaese working as a scientist and project coordinator for the European COST action HarmBio project and for the German Federation for Biological Data GFBio
  • Sep 2013 - Feb 2014: maternal leave
  • Jun 2012 - May 2014: CNRS researcher at the LECA, Grenoble, France, in the ERC project TEEMBIO - macroevolutionary studies and conceptual work on biodiversity modelling, project management, reporting, publishing, supervision of students
  • 2010 - 2012: Marie-Curie Fellow in the lab of Dr. Wilfried Thuiller, Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France
  • 2009 - 2010: Postdoctoral researcher for DIVERSITAS-Germany
  • 2008 - 2009: Postdoctoral research fellow (DAAD Fellowship) at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the lab of Dr. Justin Travis
  • 2008: Replacement for senior scientist position in the research group 'Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation', Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
  • 2004 - 2008: PhD at the Universities of Potsdam and T?bingen: 'Plant community response to interacting disturbance', labs of Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch and Prof. Dr. Katja Tielb?rger ('magna cum laude', external referees: Prof. Dr. Jacob Weiner, Copenhagen, Denmark and Dr. Peter Stoll, Bern, Switzerland)
  • 2003 - 2004: Research assistant at the University of Potsdam in the lab of Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
  • 1999 - 2003: Diplom: University of Potsdam and 6-months-stay in the group of Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sternberg, at University of Tel Aviv, Israel (graduated 'with distinction')
  • 1997 - 1999: Vordiplom: Heinrich-Heine Universit?t, D?sseldorf
  • 1996 - 1997: Practical year: Ecological Station Urdenbacher K?mpe, Monheim
  • 1996: Abitur, Ursulinen-Gymnasium, D?sseldorf

Professional activities

  • 2010 - 2013: Associated editor for Plant Ecology
  • Referee for American Naturalist  •  Basic and Applied Ecology  •  Biology Letters  •  Diversity and Distributions  •  Global Ecology and Biogeography  •  Ecology  •  Ecology Letters  •  Functional Ecology  •  Heredity  •  Journal of Arid Environments  •  Journal of Ecology  •  Journal of Evolutionary Biology  •  Journal of Spatial Statistics  •  Journal of Vegetation Science  •  Landscape Ecology  •  Methods in Ecology and Evolution  •  Nature Ecology and Evolution  •  Oikos  •  Oecologia  •  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Sytematics  •  PLoS-one  •  Web Ecology
  • Chair of session and panel discussion at BES 'Facilitation' workshop in Aberdeen, April 2009  •  Organising committee member of the symposium 'Coexistence under climate change - between niche and neutrality' Gf? 2009  •  Organizing committee member of the symposium 'Across scales: From organismic interactions to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning' Gf? 2008  •  Organizing committee member of the AK-Theorie (Gf?) Workshop, March 2007  •  Founding member of the network of Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos) and speaker in the managing board of the German Society for Ecology Organising committee member of three YoMo-workshops in Apr 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Invited talks and workshops: ESF Workshop 'Positive interactions, biodiversity and invasability in a changing world', Arcachon 2006  •  UKPopNet-Workshop series 'Linking stochastic simulation models with contemporary statistics', York 2008 and 2009  •  ESF-Workshop 'Improving ecological forecasts by integrating feedback mechanisms', Potsdam 2009  •  MODECOL-workshop, Rennes 2010  •  BiK-F workshop 'The ecological niche as a window to biodiversity', Frankfurt 2010  •  CREEM-Seminar, St-Andrews 2011 Evolutionary Rescue workshop, Montpellier 2011  •  Workshop-series 'Advancing concepts and models of species range dynamics, Riederalp, Switzerland 2012 and 2013
  • Teaching: 'Plant ecology - data recording and analysis with R' (7 day block-course, organizer and lecturer)  •  'Applied statistics in Ecology' (10-day block-course, lecturer)  •  seminars on plant ecology and spatial statistics (lecturer)  •  summer school on matrix modelling (assistant lecturer)  •  ecological modelling with C++ (three 5-day block courses, assistant lecturer)  •  supervision of two Diploma students
  • Fund-raising and fellowships: Marie-Curie IEF-fellowship (2 years)  •  DAAD post-doc fellowship (6 months)  •  PhD fellowship for excellent graduates of the federal state Brandenburg (3 years)  •  fellowship for surpassing graduates of the University of Potsdam (6 months)  •  substantial assistance in fund-raising and management of the DFG-project 'Plant community response to interacting disturbances' (2 PhD-students for 3 years)  •  assistance in proposal preparation for the ERC-funded project TEEMBIO

Katja Schiffers   •   katja.schiffers (at) gmail.com