Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Katharina Stein

post doctoral research fellow

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-81820
Fax:             +49 (0)931 31-80583
e-Mail:  katharina.stein@uni-wuerzburg.de

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Working group Prof. Linsenmair
Campus Nord

Josef-Martin-Weg 52

97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests

pollination ecology, plant reproductive biology, tropical ecosystems, ecosystem services and their resilience, ecosystem goods, global change, human livelihood


WASCAL: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

Work package 2.7 Biodiversity (together with the botany part at University of Rostock, Prof. Porembski):

  • diversity of insect pollinators along a land use gradient and its impact on the reproductive output of important cashcrops (cotton-Gossypium hirsutum, sesame-Sesamum indicum) in the sub-sudanian savannas of Burkina Faso, West-Africa;

  • ecology and habitat requirements (e.g. food and nesting resources) of important insect pollinator species for the conservation of vigorous insect pollinator populations in sub-sudanian savannas of Burkina Faso

  • studies on the reproductive ecology and herbivory of Moringa oleifera in Burkina Faso, cultivationtechniques for enhanced biomass production and fruit yield; socio-economics of Moringa cultivation

  • studies on the breeding system, self-compatibility, germination, inbreeding depression, need for pollinators, outcrossing rates etc. of cotton, sesame, Moringa oleifera

  • impact of climate change on the performance of cash crops
Curriculum Vitae
  • 07.2013 Defence of PhD thesis "The reproductive ecology and genetic structure of understorey herbs in the Atlantic Rain forest of Brazil"

  • 12.2012 - ongoing Scientific Associate, member of the BMBF-project WASCAL, field-research in Burkina Faso, West-Afric

  • 07.-11.2012 Tutor of the international Master course "Tropical Forestry and Management", Dresden University of Technology

  • 03.-06.2012 Scientific assistant in the University Colaboration Project "Implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity at a local level" in Peru, Bolivia and Paraquay, Dresden University of Technology

  • 04.2009-07.2013 PhD-student at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (scholarship of "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" from 04.2009 - 03.2012)

  • 06.2008-03.2009 Project collaborator at "Rain Forest Center" of NABU Sachsen e.V. (environmental education)

  • 03.2008 final degree (Diploma)

  • 10.2001- begin of studies of biology at University of Leipzi03.2001-08.2001 "Future Capital Project" in Copenhagen, Danmark (production of a documentary.

  • 09.2000-03.2001 European Voluntary Service at a "Nature School", Padborg, Danmark

  • 07.2000 University-entrance-diploma
Conferences (with active participation)
  • Annual meeting of "Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie e.V." (GTÖ, society of Tropical Ecology), 22. - 25. February 2012, Erlangen (oral presentation)

  • Annual meeting of the "Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation" (ATBC), 12. - 16. June 2011, Arusha, Tanzania (oral presentation)

  • Annual meeting of "Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie e.V." (GTÖ, society of Tropical Ecology), 21. - 24. February 2011, Frankfurt/Main (oral presentation)

  • Annual meeting of "Gesellschaft für Ökologie" (GFÖ, Society of Ecology), 30. August - 03. September 2010, Gießen (poster)

  • 12th Nordic Meeting in Neotropical Botany, 07. - 09. August 2008, Turku, Finland (oral presentation)

  • Annual meeting of the "Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation" (ATBC), 09. - 13. June 2008, Paramaribo, Surinam (oral presentation)

Stein K, Hirsch H, Kindermann A, Köhler J, Rosche C & Hensen I (2014) The influence of fragmentation on clonal diversity and genetic structure of Heliconia angusta, an endemic understorey herb of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30(3):199-208

Rinawati F, Stein K & Lindner A (2013) Climate change impacts on biodiversity -The setting of a lingering global crisis. Diversity 5(1): 114-123

Stein K & Hensen I (2013) The reproductive biology of two understory plants in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil. Ecological Research28(4):593-602

Stein K, Templin M, Hensen I, Fischer M, Matthies D & Schleuning M (2013) Negative effects of conspecific floral density on fruit set of two neotropical understory plants. Biotropica 45(3): 325-332

Stein K & Hensen I (2011) Potential pollinators and robbers: a study of the floral visitors of Heliconia angusta (Heliconiaceae) and their behaviour. Journal of Pollination Ecology 4(6):39-47

Lindner A, Stein K & Freiberg M (2010) Abundance and vigor of three selected understorey species along environmental gradients on south-eastern Brazil. Ecotropica 16(2): 101-112

  • 04.2009-03.2012 PhD-scholarship of "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes"

  • 07.2008 student award from the University of Leipzig for the best diploma in biology in 2008

  • 04.-10.2007 scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct fieldstudies in Brazil (data collection for diploma thesis)

  • 08.2004 scholarship of the DAAD for a German-Russian Summer School at the University of Petrozavodsk "Biology of plants. Biodiversity in a changing environment in northern Europe"

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