Research interests

I am a global change ecologist with a fascination for biodiversity dynamics and the processes driving these. My research aims to understand species and communities responses to global change, specifically the competition between biodiversity conservation and agriculture under climate change. By using quantitative macro- and agroecological models I develop and evaluate strategies that allow for biodiversity conservation through the establishment of protected areas and, at the same time, provide sufficient suitable land for farming in the future. How can we expand current national protection schemes to achieve biodiversity targets under climate change and where do land use conflicts with agriculture arise are among the questions I seek to give an answer to.

Curriculum vitae

2024 – today PHD candidate in Environmental Sciences (Land use change and Ecology), University of Basel, Switzerland

2021 – 2023 Master of Science in Sustainable Development (Natural Sciences), University of Basel, Switzerland

2012 – 2023 Senior consulting and finance specialist at SwissClimate, PwC, KPMG, PostFinance, Switzerland

2007 – 2012 Bachelor and Master of Arts in Business and Economics. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Walter Benjamin



Klingelbergstrasse 27, 4056 Basel