Department of Biology
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology
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Niels Dreber

Dr. rer. nat., Diplom in Biology

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants (BEE)
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology
University of Hamburg
Ohnhorststr. 18
22609 Hamburg, Germany

e-mail   niels.dreber@uni-hamburg.de

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Research focus

  • Vegetation and rangeland ecology of southern African semi-arid and arid environments
  • Seed ecology: spatio-temporal patterns in soil seed banks and germination behavior
  • Land degradation and desertification
  • Participatory evaluation of land use practices using sustainability indicators

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  • Participatory assessments of land degradation and restoration actions in semi-arid savanna rangelands of the Molopo and Mier region, South Africa (PRACTICE - Prevention and Restoration Actions to Combat Desertification. An Integrated Assessment).

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Scientific education

2011PhD in ecology, University of Hamburg. Topic: Soil seed banks under contrasting land use types in arid rangelands of south-central Namibia - condition, spatial patterns, and implications for rangeland regeneration Supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. Jürgens (Biocentre Klein Flottbek, University of Hamburg).

2005Diplom in Biology, University of Hamburg. Topic: Ecological transect analysis of vegetation along a gradient from sessile to mobile land surfaces in the dune fields of the northern Richtersveld, Republic of South Africa Supervisors: Prof. Dr. N. Jürgens (Biocentre Klein Flottbek, University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. E.-M. Pfeiffer (Institute of Soil Science, University of Hamburg).

1999-2005Studies of Botany, soil science and zoology at the University of Hamburg

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Professional experience

Since 2012Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2011-2012Freelance Eco-Consultant

2010-2011Research assistant, German National Committee on Global Change Research, Scientific Secretariat NKGCF c/o Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Since 2010Associated scientist at the Biocentre Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg

2005-2010Scientific staff in the project BIOTA Southern Africa at the Biocentre Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg

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Reviewer for scientific journals

  • Acta Oecologica
  • Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
  • Applied Vegetation Science
  • Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
  • International Journal of Ecology
  • Journal of Arid Environments
  • Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment
  • Koedoe
  • Rangeland Ecology and Management
  • Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
  • South African Journal of Botany

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  • Arid Zone Ecology Forum
  • Working Group on Native Orchids Hamburg
  • Botanical Society of Hamburg
  • Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)
  • Grassland Society of Southern Africa

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See List of Publications

Conference contributions

See List of Conference contributions

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Imprint  /  last update: 2013-04-17  by: Niels Dreber DE