Prof. Dr. Damaris Zurell

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Prof. Dr. Damaris Zurell

 


Campus Maulbeerallee
University of Potsdam
Ecology/Macroecology
Maulbeerallee 3, Building 3, Room 0.12
14469 Potsdam

Research interests

I am a geoecologist and macroecologist with a strong interest in biodiversity dynamics and the cross-scale processes driving these. My research typically deals with modelling and data analyses to understand the factors limiting species niches and ranges, and to predict how species and communities will respond to ongoing global change. Thereby, my focus lies on terrestrial ecosystems and most of my work has centred around birds and plants, although I can’t pretend that I am an expert on any of these groups.

Links

Personal website:  https://damariszurell.github.io/

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Portait picture of Prof. Damaris Zurell

Prof. Dr. Damaris Zurell

 


Campus Maulbeerallee
University of Potsdam
Ecology/Macroecology
Maulbeerallee 3, Building 3, Room 0.12
14469 Potsdam

Education

  • 2011 – PhD in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Inst. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2007 – Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Inst. of Geoecology

Academic career

  • since 2020 – Professor of Ecology/Macroecology (tenure track), University of Potsdam
  • 2018 - 2020 – Junior research group leader (DFG Emmy Noether programme), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geography Department
  • 2016 - 2018 – Scientific staff member, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Dept. Landscape Dynamics
  • 2014 - 2016 – Postdoc, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Dept. Landscape Dynamics
  • 2011 - 2014 – PostDoc, University of Potsdam, Inst. for Biochemistry and Biology
  • 2011 – PhD in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Inst. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2007 – Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Inst. of Geoecology

Professional services

  • Expert panel “Abiotic effects on biodiversity”, National Monitoring Centre Biodiversity, Germany (since 2021)
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief Journal of Biogeography (since 2021)
  • Subject/Associate journal editor: Phil Trans B (Special Issue editor, 2022-2023), Ecography (2019-2022), Oikos (2018-2021), Diversity and Distributions (2016-2019), Journal of Biogeography (Special Issue editor, 2019)
  • Recommender for PCI Ecology (since 2018)
  • Commission member IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group (since 2017)

Projects

Projects as main PI

  • 2019-2020 – DAAD Programmes for project-related personal exchange. “RangeDyna - Moving from pattern towards process for improved forecasts of species range dynamics”. Exchange with Univ. Melbourne, Australia. (Budget € 15’808)
  • 2018-2023 – DFG Emmy Noether junior research group, “BIOPIC – Disentangling the effects of demography, dispersal and biotic interactions in population and community response to global change” (€ 1’007’919)
  • 2016-2019 – SNF Ambizione Fellowship, “SCODA – Scaling from individual interactions to community dynamics in avian assemblages” (CHF 492’204)
  • 2014-2016 – EU-FP7 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF), “MATES – Understanding and predicting multispecies assemblages and interactions in space and time” (€ 208’000)
  • 2014 – University of Potsdam Individual Postdoc Grant “Bridge Programme” (€ 8’250)
  • 2007-2010 – PhD Scholarship by the Potsdam Graduate School on Ecological Modelling UPGradE (€ 45’600)

Projects as co-PI

  • 2022-2025 – Leibniz Collaborative Excellence (MfN / HU Berlin). "BeyondSpecies - Predicting biodiversity change by integrating genetic diversity into ecological niche models". (Total funded budget is € 495’638, Damaris is Co-PI and work package leader)
  • 2020-2022 – Interdisciplinary project funded by Swiss Data Science Center SDSC, “COMECO - Combining machine learning, ecological modelling and plant morphological characteristics to develop a tool for identifying plants of Switzerland” (WSL share CHF 200’000, Damaris is co-PI)
  • 2018-2020 – Interdisciplinary project funded by Swiss Data Science Center SDSC, “SPEEDMIND - Improving species biodiversity analyses and citizen science feedback through mining data” (WSL share CHF 200’000, Damaris is co-PI and work package leader)

Publications

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