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Dr. Ulrike Schlaegel

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University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology
Am Mühlenberg 3
14476 Potsdam (Golm)

Phone: +49 331 977 6263
Email: ulrike.schlaegeluni-potsdamde

Campus Golm, building No 60, room 3.16 (see directions)

Current employment

Since Oct 2015: Postdoc within the BioMove research training group 

Education and Experience

  • 2015: DAAD Scholarship (Rückkehrstipendium) at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2009 - 2015:  PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Alberta, Canada (thesis with Prof. Dr. Mark Lewis)
  • 2009: Research assistant, Research Centre for Mathematical Modelling, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2003 - 2008: Diplom (equiv. MSc) in Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany (thesis with Prof. Dr. M. Baake)

Research interests

  • Links between movement and biodiversity (e.g., movement-mediated coexistence mechanisms, mobile link functions, land-use impacts on movement)
  • Animal movement  and movement models (e.g., random walks and extensions, resource selection, cognition and memory; effects of temporal resolution)
  • Theory development and modelling


  • Schlägel U.E. & Lewis M.A. (2016). Robustness of movement models: can models bridge the gap between temporal scales of data sets and behavioural processes? Journal of Mathematical Biology 73:1691-1726. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00285-016-1005-5
  • Groner M.L., Rogers L.A., Bateman A.W., Connors B.M., Frazer L.N., Godwin S.C., Krkošek M., Lewis M.A., Peacock S.J., Rees E.E., Revie C.W., Schlägel U.E. (2016). Lessons from sea louse and salmon epidemiology. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0203
  • Schlägel U.E. & Lewis M.A. (2016). A framework for analyzing the robustness of movement models to variable step discretization. Journal of Mathematical Biology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00285-016-0969-5
  • Schlägel U.E. & Lewis M.A. (2014). Detecting effects of spatial memory and dynamic information on animal movement decisions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5(11), 1236--1246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12284
  • Potapov A., Schlägel U.E. & Lewis M.A. (2014). Evolutionarily stable diffusive dispersal. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B, 19(10), 3319--3340. http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/dcdsb.2014.19.3319
  • DeMars C.A., Auger-Méthé M., Schlägel U.E. & Boutin S. (2013). Inferring parturition and neonate survival from movement patterns of female ungulates: a case study using woodland caribou. Ecology and Evolution, 3(12), 4149--4160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.785
  • Fagan W.F., Lewis M.A., Auger-Méthé M., Avgar T., Benhamou S., Breed G., LaDage L., Schlägel U.E., Tang W., Papastamatiou Y.P., Forester J. & Mueller T. (2013). Spatial memory and animal movement. Ecology Letters, 16(10), 1316--1329. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12165
  • Baake M., Schlägel U. (2011). The Peano-Baker series. Proceedings of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics, 275(1), 155--159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0081543811080098
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