University of Potsdam / Animal Ecology
I am an ecologist with a background in urban and behavioural ecology. I am mostly interested in terrestrial mammals adaptation to differently urbanised environments. My research includes studies on the feeding ecology of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) using stable isotope analysis and most recently on behavioural and cognitive adaptations of rodents.
I am currently involved in BioRodDis (EU-BiodivERsA), a european project aimed at understanding the relationships between wildlife biodiversity and zoonotic infectious diseases in a changing world focusing on rodent-borne diseases in European temperate forests and urban parks. I am investigating the influence of landscape and spatial attributes on the distribution of rodents zoonotic pathogens distribution. Furthermore I will investigate the correlations between rodents behaviour and co-infections.
Above all I am an animal enthusiast and I have been active in different conservation projects and worked with all sorts of animals, from bees to sea turtles, for many years. I love being in the field and getting my hands dirty!
Since 11/2020 Research Assistant Animal Ecology, (Institute for Biochemistry and Biology) University of Potsdam
2015-2018 Master’s degree (MSc.) in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology (Insitute of Biology) Freie Universität Berlin
2010-2014 Bachelor’s degree (BSc.) in Sciences for Natural, Environmental and Cultural Heritage Resources (Institute of Natural Sciences)
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
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Scholz, C, Firozpoor, J, Kramer‐Schadt, S, Gras, P, Schulze, C, Kimmig, S E , ... & Ortmann, S (2020). Individual dietary specialization in a generalist predator: A stable isotope analysis of urban and rural red foxes. Ecology and Evolution, 10(16), 8855-8870.