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University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg, Germany
- Tropical Ecology
- Taxonomy of Scarabaeinae dung beetles
- The impact of land usage and elevation on species distributions, species traits and ecosystem services
- Arthropod biodiversity and conservation
since 1/2015: PhD student, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany.
"Decomposer interactions: Dung beetle assemblages along an elevational and land use gradient at Mt Kilimanjaro"
10/2007 - 05/2014: Diploma in Biolgoy, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, Albert-Ludwigs- University of Freiburg, Germany
"Spatial and temporal distribution of three guilds of soil arthropods: epigeal predators, carrion and foliage feeders"
01/2011-06/2011: Studies of Biology at the University of Leeds, UK, with an Erasmus Scholarship
10/2014 - 12/2014: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Research assistant within the scope of the DFG research unit FOR 1246 1246 "Kilimanjaro ecosytems under global change: linking biodiversity, biotic interactions and biogeochemical ecosystem processes"
06/2014 – 09/2014: Natural History Museum, London. Placement in the Department of Entomology - Coleoptera and Hemiptera with an Erasmus student placement scholarship
09/2010 - 10/2010: Bilsa Biological Station, Ecuador. Project: "Comparison of the afthropod biodiversity of primary and secondary tropical humid forest at the Bilsa Biological Station, Ecuador"
08/2007 - 09/2007: Zoo Zürich, Volunteering in the departments Rain Forest, Terrarium, Bears
10/2010-02/2014: Tutorials at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, Albert-Ludwigs- University of Freiburg, Germany ("Practical Course Comparative Biology (Animals) for Future Teachers", "Module Basics of Zoology - Baupläne of lnvertebrates","Module Basics of Zoology - Zoological ldentification Skills", "Module Ecology - Zoological Excursions", "Arthropods", "Major PracticalCourse Evolutionary Biology, Ecology for Diploma Students"
10/2015-10/2016: DAAD Scholarship for PhD students
6/2014-9/2014: Erasmus Student Placement Scholarship
1/2011-6/2011: Erasmus Scholarship
Gebert F, Njovu HK, Treydte AC, Steffan-Dewenter I, Peters MK (in press) Primary productivity and habitat protection predict elevational species richness and community biomass of large mammals on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Journal of Animal Ecology.
Peters MK, Hemp A, Appelhans T, Becker JN, Behler C, Classen A, Cornejo NS, Detsch F, Ensslin A, Ferger SW, Frederiksen SB, Gebert F, Gerschlauer F, Gütlein A, Haas M, Helbig-Bonitz M, Hemp C, Kindeketa WJ, Kühnel A, Mayr A, Mwangomo E, Ngereza C, Njovu HN, Otte I, Pabst H, Renner M, Röder J, Rutten G, Schellenberger Costa D, Vollstädt MGR, Eardley CD, Keller A, Peters RS, Ssymank A, Kakengi V, Zhang J, Bogner C, Böhning-Gaese K, Brandl R, Hertel D, Huwe B, Kiese R, Kleyer M, Kuzyakov Y, Nauss T, Schleuning M, Tschapka M, Fischer M, Steffan-Dewenter I (2019) Climate-land-use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Nature 568:88-92.
03/2019: Macroecology 2019, Würzburg, Germany (Talk) , Gebert, F, P Kronbach, P Moretto, I Steffan-Dewenter, M K Peters "Climate-mediated changes in the functional composition of dung beetle communities determine rates of dung decomposition along extensive environmental gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania"
07/2018: 55th Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Kuching, Malaysia (Talk). Gebert, F, I Steffan-Dewenger, M K Peters "Dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) along elevational and land use gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro: Which factors predict species richness and abundance?"
03/2018: European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ), Paris, France (Talk). Gebert, F, I Steffan-Dewenger, M K Peters "Predictors of species richness and community biomass of large mammals along elevational and land use gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro."
02/2017: AfroMont Congress, Moshi, Tanzania (Talk). Gebert, F, I Steffan-Dewenger, M K Peters "Can differences in dung beetle diversity and ecosystem services provided by dung beetles be explained by mammal diversity?"
02/2017: European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ),Brussels, Belgium (Talk). Gebert, F, I Steffan-Dewenger, M K Peters "Mammals and dung beetles along an elevation and land use gradient at Mt Kilimanjaro”. Maria Sibylla Merian Award in the category "Best Presentations Talk"
Peters MK, Hemp A, Appelhans T, Behler C, Classen A, Detsch F, Ensslin A, Ferger SW, Frederiksen SB, Gebert F, Haas M, Helbig-Bonitz M, Hemp C, Kindeketa WJ, Mwangomo E, Ngereza C, Otte I, Roeder J, Rutten G, Schellenberger Costa D, Tardanico J, Zancolli J, Deckert J, Eardley CD, Peters RS, Rooedel M-O, Schleuning M, Ssymank A, Kakengi V, Zhang J, Boehning-Gaese K, Brandl R, Kalko EKV , Kleyer M, Nauss T, Tschapka M, Fischer M, Steffan-Dewenter I (2016) Predictors of elevational biodiversity gradients change from single taxa to the multi-taxa community level. Nature Communications 7: 13736. OPEN ACCESS.
02/2016: European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ), Göttingen, Germany (Talk). Gebert, F, M K Peters & I Steffan-Dewenter "Dung beetle assemblages and their contribution to decomposition along elevational and land use gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro“