Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Ludmilla Figueiredo

Ludmilla Figueiredo

Dr (2017-2021), Postdoc (2021-2022)

Now data curator at iDiv:


I am interested in the eco-evolutionary processes involved in the formation, maintenance and decay of ecosystems. It fascinates me how the spatial and temporal dynamics observed there relate to ones present in other complex systems. With that in mind, I want to use the power of mechanistic models to disclose such commonalities and thus, not only further theoretical understanding, but also inform conservation practices. I am investigating the mechanisms behind the persistence of extinction debts. I hope to go beyond the statistical approach mainly used currently and understand the impact of species extinction on  biotic interactions and ecological functions as well as its consequences across different ecological organizational levels. I will use individual-based models to recreate the historical habitat perturbation of a landscape in the calcareous grasslands of Göttingen (Germany) and examine its impacts on plant and pollinator species. This project is the result of a partnership with the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology and is funded by the SFB 1047 Insect timing: mechanisms, plasticity and interactions and internal funds from department.

Curriculum Vitae

2022 - present Data curator iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
2021 - 2022 Postdoc Ecosystem Modeling (CCTB), University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
2020 - 2021 Postdoc Department of Ecological Dynamics, IZW, Berlin, Germany
2017 - 2021 PhD in Ecology Ecosystem Modeling (CCTB) and Department of Animal Ecology (Zoo III), University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
2013 - 2015 Master in Ecological Modelling University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
2008 - 2013 Bachelor in Biological sciences University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil


2021[ to top ]
  • Evolutionary rescue and community re-assembly contribute to the waiving of extinction debts. Figueiredo, Ludmilla; Leidinger, Ludwig; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Sarmento Cabral, Juliano. bl submitted. 2021.
2019[ to top ]
  • Understanding extinction debts: spatio-temporal scales, mechanisms and a roadmap for future research. Figueiredo, Ludmilla; Krauß, Jochen; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Sarmento Cabral, Juliano. In Ecography, 42, bll 1973–1990. 2019.