2003 - 2008 BSc in Bionics/Biomimetics, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen
2004 Overseas study, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2008 - 2014 MSc in Scientific Computing, Technical University of Berlin
2013 Overseas practical study, The Blue Yonder, Bangalore, India
2017 – 2018 Junior Teaching Professionals (JTP) certificate program of the Potsdam Graduate School, Potsdam
2015 - 2019: Joint doctoral position on „Understanding and predicting global change impacts on migratory birds“ at the Centre for Agricultural Landscape research (ZALF) and the University of Potsdam, associated to the DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) BioMove for 'Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in dynamic agricultural landscapes' (www.biomove.org)
Since 2019: Coordinator of the DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) BioMove for 'Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in dynamic agricultural landscapes'
Schaefer M, Menz S, Jeltsch F, Zurell D (2018): sOAR: a tool for modelling optimal animal life‐history strategies in cyclic environments. Ecography 41(3):551-557.
Zurell D, Wehrden H, Rotics S, Kaatz M, Gross H, Schlag L, Schaefer M, Sapir N, Turjeman S, Wikelski M, Nathan R, Jeltsch F (2018). Home range size and resource use of breeding and non-breeding white storks along a land use gradient. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:79.
Jochem R, Weinaug H, Schaefer M (2012) Requirements, potentials and constraints of a semantic approach to model and access the sustainability within business processes. In book: Towards Implementing Sustainable Manufacturing. Conference proceeding 10th Global conference on sustainable manufacturing GCSM, Publisher: Bakhus Tourism Industry & Trading Inc.; Issel, pp.435-440.