Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Friederike Gebert

Phd student

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-81997
Fax:             +49 (0)931 31-84352
e-Mail: friederike.gebert@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room C036

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests
  • 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
Curriculum Vitae


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

Teaching Experience

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 



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 CKindeketa 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.  

02/2017: AfroMont Congress, Moshi, Tanzania.  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. 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"

02/2016: European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ), Göttingen, Germany. 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“


Lehrstuhl für Zoologie III (Tierökologie)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Tel.: +49 931 31-84350
Fax: +49 931 31-84352

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