PhD Position in Quantifying Land-Use Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

University of Freiburg Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology

The chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology offer a PhD position Quantifying land-use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Application deadline: 27.06.2022
  • Publication date: 09.05.2022
  • Start-date: 01.09.2022
  • Part-time position (75 %)
  • Id no.: 00002258


In the project BEATLE, we aim at improving the link between ecological and economic knowledge by quantifying the impact of conservation measures on biodiversity and integrating them into economic models ( For work package 2 ‘Quantifying land-use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services’, we look for a highly motivated PhD student starting from September or October 2022.

In work package 2, the effect of management measures in agricultural landscapes, e.g. the establishment of flower strips to support pollinators, will be linked to changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services with help of meta-analysis and other quantitative synthesis tools.

Your tasks:

  • Identifying and quantifying links between conservation measures, biodiversity and ecosystem services relevant for agricultural food production via systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Collaborating with the 3 other PhD projects in BEATLE to develop anecological-economic model for the analysis of transformation scenarios

Your profile:

  • Master or equivalent in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Computational skills in R and QGIS (or ArcGIS)
  • Good knowledge of the ecology in agricultural landscapes
  • Interest in ecological statistics, especially meta-analysis and other synthesis methods
  • High motivation to engage with topics related to biodiversity conservation and agricultural policies in Germany and Europe
  • English (fluent) and German (elementary knowledge and willingness to learn German)
  • You work independently; motivation to work in interdisciplinary and international teams
  • Willingness to travel within Germany (Stuttgart-Freiburg) and internationally

BEATLE is a junior research group funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Dr. Arndt Feuerbacher (University of Hohenheim) in collaboration with Dr. Anne Mupepele (University of Freiburg). The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr. Anne Mupepele and located at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology at the University of Freiburg. The chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology has a research focus on pollinators in agricultural landscapes (

Send your candidature including a motivation letter, cv, certificates and references.

The position is limited 3 years. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00002258, by 27.06.2022 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Universität Freiburg
Lehrstuhl für Naturschutz und Landschaftsökologie
Tennenbacherstr. 4
79106 Freiburg
E-Mail (one pdf file):

For further information, please contact Anne-Christine Mupepele on the phone number +49 761 203-3631 or E-Mail