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Jens Dauber (Research Fellow)

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Research Profile

I studied Biology with focus on Zoology, Botany, Palaeontology and Soil Science at the University of Mainz, Germany, and finished with a Diploma in Biology in 1995. After completing my diploma thesis on ant communities along an urban gradient in the City of Mainz, I went to Dr Wolters' lab at the University of Giessen to do a PhD on the effects of land-use change on biodiversity (again focusing on ants) in an agricultural region within the framework of the project Land-use Options for Peripheral Regions (SFB 299). I finished my PhD in 2001 and continued working in Giessen as post-doctoral research fellow in the project BIOPLEX – Biodiversity and Landscape Complexity in Agricultural Areas under Global Change. I acted as leader of the Landscape Ecology group within the Department of Animal Ecology. In 2003 I visited Dr Bengtsson's lab at the SLU Uppsala, Sweden, for three month to study ant communities in fragmented semi-natural grasslands. I finished my post-doctoral time at the University of Giessen by obtaining the habilitation and the venia legendi (licence for lecturing) in Animal Ecology and Systematics in 2007. End of 2006 I moved to Leeds, UK, to work as research fellow with Dr Kunin in the EU FP6 project ALARM. In May 2008 I moved to Dublin, Ireland, to take up a position as project manager of the SIMBIOSYS project ( at Trinity College with Dr Stout before moving to my current position at the Johan Heinrich von Thuenen-Institut in Germany.

Contact details

Johann Heinrich von Thuenen-Institut (vTI), Institut für Biodiversitaet, Bundesallee 50, 38116 Braunschweig, Tel: 0531-5962502 , Fax: 0531-5962599, E-mail:


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