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Oliver Purschke, PhD

PostDoc, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany

Research field: Environmental Sciences - Ecology
Environmental change effects on biodiversity, Dispersal ecology, Trait-environment relationships, Metacommunity ecology, Land use history, Spatial ecology, Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships


Biographical Information

I am a vegetation ecologist with a background in nature conservation and landscape planning. My research primarily addresses the consequences of human-induced environmental change on plant biodiversity.

In my Ph.D. project, I studied spatial and temporal changes in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic aspects of plant biodiversity and scrutinized the driving forces that generate and maintain the observed biodiversity patterns.

My Ph.D. project was funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) and supervised by Martin T. Sykes and Honor C. Prentice (Lund University, Sweden) and Peter Poschlod (University of Regensburg, Germany).

Previously, I have been working with species distribution models, predicting range shifts of mountain meadow plant species under climate and land use change in Saxony, Germany (supervised by Carsten F. Dormann and Dagmar Haase at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany) and Sabine Tischew at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Bernburg, Germany)). I have also been involved in a research project (with Carsten F. Dormann), quantifying components of uncertainty in species distribution models.


Professional Experience

Jan 2012 - Jul 2012
Guest Researcher at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ
Halle, Germany
Dec 2011 - Jun 2012
PostDoc at Lund University, Department of Biology & Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Lund, Sweden
Classes taught:
Introduction to using R (Ph.D Course at Lund University, Teaching assistant)
Ecosystem Analysis (Lund University)
Mar 2008 - Mar 2008
Ph.D lab work at J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dec 2007 - Feb 2008
Ph.D lab work at Regensburg University, Inst. of Botany
Regensburg, Germany
Sep 2006 - Apr 2007
Research assistant at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Computational Landscape Ecology
Leipzig, Germany
Jul 2005 - Jul 2005
Research stay at ZALF - Leibniz Institute for Research in Agricultural Landscapes
Müncheberg, Germany
Apr 2004 - Jul 2004
Practical training at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Computational Landscape Ecology
Leipzig, Germany
Apr 2002 - Aug 2002
Practical Training at HOORC-Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre
Maun, Botswana

Jun 2007 - Nov 2011
Lund University, Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences in Lund, Sweden
Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis
Oct 2000 - Jul 2006
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg, Germany
Diploma in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning

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