• Landscape Ecology

  • Research

  • Education

  • Consulting


Landscape Ecology

My working approach is driven by my interest of Landscape Ecology as an inter- and transdisciplinary discipline dealing with landscape as a social-ecological system. Since many years I am actively contributing to the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). Currently I am executive committee member of the European Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-Europe) and vice president of the IALE Chapter Germany (IALE-D).
Furthermore, I am managing editor of the peer-reviewed and open access online journal Landscape Online, which focus on contributions on landscape research with inter- or transdisciplinary aspiration. The journal is listed in the Scopus literature database, the largest citation and abstract data base for scientific publications, and belongs to the top ten open access journals in the field of ‘Nature and Landscape Conservation’ (Source: SJR 2017).



My research interests involve cooperative and collaborative approaches, incorporating stakeholders, practitioners, and policy makers. Currently I am research associate at the Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management of Technical University of Munich (TUM). Prior to this, for many years I have been researcher at the Institute for Applied Science (IAF) at the Nürtingen University for Economics and the Environment.
I have contributed as a peer-reviewer to various scientific journals as well as to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and TEEB DE - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - Natural Capital Germany .
An overview of my scientfic products, publications and conference contributions can be found at ResearchGate.



My pedagogy concepts comprise lectures, seminars, studio teaching, blended-learning, and experimental exercises, to combine established learning methods with innovative approaches, and to create a stimulating and creative learning atmosphere.
As teaching associate I offer Bachelor and Master courses at Technical University of Munich (TUM) for the Faculty for Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning and also offer a broad range of final theses.
Besides, I am guest lecturer in the International Master of Landscape Architecture - IMLA programme, with teaching experience at different Universities of Applied Sciences, in Nürtingen (HfWU), Weihenstephan (HSWT), and Rapperswil (HSR). In addition, for more than ten years I was lecturer for environmental informatics at the Academy for Professional Education (WAF).



I offer a broad range of services and forward-thinking approaches for landscape development and environmental planning including technical solutions for application such as GIS based models and landscape analysis. My work puts emphasis on ecologically oriented, integrated landscape planning and cooperative and collaborative approaches.
In a very recent project I offered conceptional and technical expertise to the EuroNatur foundation in support of the European Green Belt Association for the implementation of an EU-level Green Infrastructure.


One More Thing

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (1949)

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