Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden



Outreach & Capacity Building


Many of our group’s projects are designed to combine the development of ecological concepts, models and methods and their application in the management of natural and altered habitats in an effort to improve strategies for the conservation of the biodiversity contained therein. The complex nature of many such problem domains has required research and collaborations across disciplines. Our research has largely profited from the exchange with active researchers and professionals in such different fields as conservation genetics, taxonomy, applied conservation, remote sensing, forestry, and computational modelling. A constant exchange and transfer of knowledge between our group and our partners is of vital importance for many of these projectes. Through these knowledge transfer partnerships we were able to establish a number of very productive collaborations and long-lasting work partnerships.

recent activities include:

Guest lectureships in ecological data analysis and biodiversity statistics, University of Suriname


This project was funded by CBN and Tropenbos International and conducted in cooperation with our partner the National Zoological Collection of Suriname (G. Landburg and P. Obouter) and the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research of the Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname.
The one month course included seminars, lectures, and tutorials in ecological statistics with introduction to the free statistical software R. The course is currently implemented in the ADEKUS curriculum and the recently established Masters in Conservation Biology

Public awareness & Education


In collaboration with our partner Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development  an amphibian awareness & education campaign was launched to promote the protection of and scientific research on the amphibian diversity in Guyana. This project was supported by the Chicago Zoological Society and the AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund. The campaign included training of local NRDDB Wildlife Club members and distribution of educational posters to Wildlife Clubs, schools and local communities. 


frog poster

in the media


BioDEC Guiana project featured on television (3 Sat nano)  

Warnsystem Frosch: Die Biologin Monique Hölting forscht in Guyana

 3 Sat nano

TV feature:  MEDIA LINK 

Produced by monotv - Science: MEDIA LINK

Science Show - Lange nacht der wissenschaften Berlin 

Frösche als Warnmelder: plenary talk by Monique Hölting

BioDEC Guiana project online Feature (BR Wissen)

Titel: Ökosystem Iwokrama: Wenn Frösche Alarm schlagen

Recently published studies featured on Wissenschaft und Forschung

Titel: Verbreitung von Fröschen hängt auch vom Warenverkehr ab