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- PhD: "“living in a vanishing place – population genetics and environmental determinants of the distribution of the Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis.” Supervisor: PD. Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel & Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar.
- Coordination, administration and scientifique research within the Nimba Project (Project leader: PD. Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel).
My main interested is in the influence of environmental parameters on population structure and abundance of species or species assemblages. My particular interest is to what extent environmental parameters shape the current and historical distribution of species and how known changes in the future of these factors allow predicting the future distribution of the focal species or assemblages. To tackle this question I connect population genetic studies, which allow estimating migration rate and distance, sex-biased dispersal and the permeability of habitats, with niche modelling. With these studies not only our scientific knowledge should increase but the respective results should be valuable for conservation issues. As PhD student of Mark-Oliver Rödel, my main taxonomic and geographic focus is on West African amphibians. As employee of the museum and as an ecologist I have a large interest in solving still existing obstacles within the systematics of (West) African amphibians.