Unser Team


Peter Manning SBiKF
Dr. Peter Manning
Senior Scientist, Head of Young Scientist Group 'Causes and Consequences of biodiversity change'

I currently work as the group leader of the project group Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Change within SBiK-F. I am a plant ecologist by training whose research focuses on plant-soil interactions and their consequences for community dynamics and ecosystem functioning. I have a particular interest in utilising knowledge from biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research to inform ecosystem management and improve our understanding of ecosystem responses to global environmental change.

I am also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology.

External links:

Peter Manning at Research Gate

List of publications on Google Scholar

Peter Manning on Twitter

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer

External links

University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer at ResearchGate

List of publications on GoogleScholar


Gaetane Le Provost SBiKF
Dr. Gaetane Le Provost
PostDoc, Member of Young Scientist Group 'Causes and Consequences of biodiversity change'

Research Interests

I am a community ecologist interested into the mechanisms that shape the structure of ecological communities in response to land use intensification. I use functional trait-based approaches to:  (i) identify and generalise the effects of land use intensification that operate at different spatial and temporal scales across multiple taxonomic groups and trophic levels (plants, herbivores, pollinators, predators and top-predators) (ii) investigate the underlying mechanisms of biodiversity response, and particularly the role of trophic interactions.

Currently, I am involved in a new project which aims to investigate biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships at the landscape level within the larger Biodiversity Exploratories project. The specific objectives of this project are to: (i) assess and quantify the role of local and landscape diversity, as well as their interaction with the surrounding land use, in driving the capacity of an ecosystem to provide multiple ecosystem functions (i.e. ecosystem multifunctionality); (ii) evaluate how the landscape configuration of diversity and land use intensity drives landscape level ecosystem function and multifunctionality.

External links:

Gaetane Le Provost at Research Gate

List of publications on Google Scholar

Dr. Margot Neyret
PostDoc, Member of Young Research Group 'Causes and consequences of biodiversity change'

Research interests

I am a community ecologist studying the effects of global changes on the structure of ecological communities and the functioning of ecosystems. I am also interested in the role of plant communities in soil conservation. I have a particular interest in linking ecological studies with socio-economic data to better inform management policies.

My current project aims to investigate the relationships between landscape composition and configuration, biodiversity, and ecosystem services within the Biodiversity Exploratories. The main objective of this project is to determine the “optimal” landscape composition (in terms of proportions of fields with varying management intensities) that minimises the trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and the delivery of multiple ecosystem services.

External links:

Personal website
Research gate
List of publications on Google Scholar

Mitarbeiter SBik-F Theo Linders
Dr. Theo Linders
PostDoc, Member of Young Research Group 'Causes and consequences of biodiversity change'

Research Interests
I am an invasion scientist interested in how invasive plants affect social-ecological systems. My main foci are to assess: 1) how invasive plants affect biodiversity and ecosystem services and 2) how this translates to changes in human livelihoods in affected regions.

In my current project I assess how an invasive tree affects ecosystem service multifunctionality, i.e. the ability of a landscape to provide multiple services simultaneously, on a landscape scale in two Eastern African dryland regions. The first goal is to assess how ecosystem service supply is impacted by the invasive tree on a regional level. The second goal is to assess ecosystem service demand for a range of stakeholders and to measure how much benefit they receive from different services. These ecological and socio-economic data will then be combined to assess how multifunctionality at a landscape scale is affected by tree invasion and how this could change in the future.

External links:
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net
List of publications on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.nl
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com

Sophie Peter
PhD Student, Member of Young Research Group 'Causes and consequences of biodiversity change'

Research interests and current projects

I am an expert in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management with a special interest in the relationship between humans and nature, as  originally come from the field of social sciences. From November 2017 I will perform a PhD project on  the “Socio-cultural Dynamics of Ecosystem Services” with Dr. Peter Manning (SBiK-F) and Prof. Dr. Blättel-Mink (Department of Social Sciences of Goethe University) as my main supervisors. One of the main tasks of this project is to analyze why, when and how specific stakeholder groups or individuals are using Ecosystems Services and how trade-offs between these groups could be solved. To get a deep insight into these issues, the practical parts of the three-year project will be field studies within the three German regions of the Biodiversity Exploratories project. The outcome will be the identification of land management strategies that deliver ecosystem multifunctionality in grasslands and forests.

From 2016-2017 I worked as a Junior Researcher in the Institute for Social Ecology, focusing on Social Sustainability and the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Before this, I completed a master’s program with a thesis about how to measure the societal impact of sustainability projects, in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute. This demonstrated my passion to first think in a holistic way and also to generate societal impact to promote sustainable development.

External Links
Homepage of my PhD project

Blog-Post about my career 

Sophie Peter at Research Gate

Sophie Peter at LinkedIn