for graduate and undergraduate students

We are looking for motivated students interested in questions about wildlife dynamics and distributions under global change, animal behavioral ecology or advancing theory in ecology and evolution. Students should have a strong background in (or the will to learn) R, statistics and modelling. Please contact us for possible thesis subjects and state your skills and interests (e.g., CV, certificates,…) along with the name of one or two references.

TU Berlin students, please consider the Reader for the steps necessary to conduct a thesis. Successful attendance of our courses ‘biodiversity dynamics I + II’ , where we teach spatial R, distribution modelling and occupancy modelling, is of advantage.

Below, you will find a list of offers for Bachelor- and Master-theses, an overview over currently running theses as well as a list of completed theses for your information.

Thesis offers:

Assessing resource-mediated movement strategies of breeding starlings.

(contact Marius Grabow grabow@izw-berlin.de) Short Abstract: Reproduction and survival are key elements in the life-history of individuals and have significant impact on fitness of populations. Among other species, the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is declining in Europe mainly due to agricultural intensification and associated loss of biodiversity, which is decreased habitat quality in the face… Read More

Effects of beavers on amphibian communities along the anthropogenic gradient.

Due to their dam-building activity, beavers affect other species in diverse ways, ranging from positive to negative effects. Although effects of beaver activity on several taxa were studied, our understanding of their effects on amphibian assemblages is still incomplete. Especially little is understood how effects of beaver activity on amphibians may be moderated by the… Read More

Quantifying demographic resilience across animals.

Assessing demographic resilience is crucial to assist the conservation of populations and species. A recently proposed method to quantify demographic resilience is based on using average population matrices over time to calculate a single demographic resilience metric. This neglects the fact that the resilience of a population may change over time and is driven by… Read More

The chicken or the egg: Population cycles of rodents.

Although population cycles received much research interest, we still poorly understand how the demographic structure of the population, i.e. sex ratio and age structure, are changing along the cycle. This is partly because in rodents, which became models for studying population cycles, the field data are typically collected at the coarse yearly resolution. Another question… Read More

Selection of theses currently running under our supervision:

BSc, M Schwenke

Einfluss von Witterungsbedingungen auf
den Nachweis von Zauneidechsen (Lacerta
agilis) in Berlin und Brandenburg

TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning

Supervision: S Kramer-Schadt (TUB/IZW), M von der Lippe (TUB)

MSc, C Seidel

Are acoustic measurements at wind masts an effective method to evaluate the mortality risk for bats at wind turbines before their construction?

TU Berlin. Stadtökologie.

Supervision: V Kelm, S Kramer-Schadt (TUB/IZW)

MSc, M Engl

Controlled habitat degradation as a mitigation measure for interventions in habitats of Lacerta agilis.

TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning.

Supervision: MO Rödel (MfN), S Kramer-Schadt

MSc, A Christof

Changing climates, shifting phenologies. Analysing long-term data of juvenile bat occurrences for signals of climate change impacts in Bavaria, Germany

TU Berlin. Urban Ecological Studies

Supervision: S Kramer-Schadt (TUB/IZW), T Straka (TUB)

BSc, C Heinrich

Zur Verbreitung des Rotfuchses (Vulpes vulpes) in deutschen Nationalparken auf Grundlage von Kamerafallendaten.

TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning.

Supervision: C Fiderer (ALUF), S Kramer-Schadt (TUB/IZW)

BSc, A Harke

Open observation data for species interactions: A proof-of-concept using squirrels on the British islands.

HU Berlin. Biology.

Supervision: E Heitlinger (HU), J Louvrier (IZW), A Planillo (IZW)


Interested? Contact us!


Completed theses

2022

  • Evaluating the effects of blackberry (Rubus niveus) abundance on land bird diversity on Santiago Island, Galapagos. Mateo Reyes. 23.05.2022. BSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, M von der Lippe (TUB).
  • Zur Verbreitung des Rotfuchses (Vulpes vulpes) in deutschen Nationalparken auf Grundlage von Kamerafallendaten. Clara Heinrich. 20.05.2022. BSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, C Fiderer (ALUF).
  • Wildtiere in deutschen Großstädten: ein Vergleich zwischen Medienpräsenz und Wahrnehmung von Stadtbewohnern. Henry Karsch. 15.05.2022. MSc. FU Berlin. Fachbereich Biologie/Chemie/Pharmazie. Supervision: Jonathan Jeschke (FU), Tanja Straka (TUB), S Kramer-Schadt
  • Social status driven epigenetic differences in female spotted hyenas in the Serengeti National Park. Nick Mewes. 14.06.2022. MSc. Universität Potsdam. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Supervision: Alexandra Weyrich (Dept 2, IZW), Sarah Benhaiem ->manuscript in prep.
  • Birds in the city: understanding direct and indirect effects of human disturbance and vegetation structure on functional diversity in Berlin. Estelle Solem. 06.04.2022. BSc. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Geographie. Supervision: Tobias Kümmerle (HU), Aimara Planillo, S Kramer-Schadt -> manuscript in prep.
  • Differential DNA methylation between dominant and subordinate spotted hyena twins. Lena Ruf. 05.04.2022. MSc. University of Potsdam. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Supervision: Alexandra Weyrich, Sarah Benhaiem, Jörns Fickel (UP) -> manuscript in prep.
  • Urban planning for animals and humans: An empirical investigation of planning approaches and their perception by Berlin citizens. Lisa Jäger. 23.02.2022. MSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Tanja Straka (TUB), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Einfluss einer Unterrichtseinheit über Wildbienen auf die Einstellungen, die Emotionen und das Wissen von Schülern. Sarah Festl. 25.02.2022. BSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Tanja Straka (TUB), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Spatial use and population development of the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra in Sielmanns Naturlandschaft Groß Schauen and the state of Brandenburg. Yvonne Rychlak. 02.02.2022. MSc. Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation. University of Potsdam. Supervision: Niels Blaum (UP), Kramer-Schadt S.

2021

  • Modelling Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) occurrence along urban gradients in Berlin. Marius Grabow. 29.09.2021. MSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Louvrier J (IZW), Kramer-Schadt S. -> Manuscript submitted to Front Evol Ecol. -> Prize for best Master thesis!
  • Accuracy of a new high throughput wildlife movement tracking system in comparison with GPS tracking. Johannes Marold. 16.09.2021. BSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Radchuk V (IZW), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Density and life-history of the Sunda clouded leopard Neofelis diardi in the Deramakot Forest Complex, Sabah, Malaysia. Katharina Kasper. 30.08.2021. MSc. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Supervision: Thomas Müller (SBiK-F), Andreas Wilting (IZW).
  • Evaluating the habitat suitability of tiger in Bardia National Park and Buffer Zone areas, Nepal. Kamal Ghimire. 18.08.2021. MSc. TU Dresden. Tropical Forestry. Supervision: Berger U (TUD), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Small-Scale Habitat Selection of the European Wildcat Felis silvestris silvestris in the Bernese Seeland, Switzerland. Johanna Bellack. 26.06.2021. BSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Maronde L (KORA), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Effect of artificial light at night (ALAN) on behaviour of the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus Linnaeus, 1758) in the urban area of Berlin. Briseida Lozano Granados. 15.05.2021. MSc. TU Berlin. Urban Ecology. Supervision: Berger A, Kramer-Schadt S. -> coauthor in Berger et al. (2020) ANIMALS.
  • What contribution can non-standardized Citizen Science data make in biodiversity monitoring? Lena Fiechter. 21.01.2021. MSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Planillo A, Kramer-Schadt S, Heucke-Voigt S (MfN). -> coauthor in Planillo et al. (2021) LAND URB PLAN.
  • A habitat suitability model for Grey Crowned Cranes (Balearica regulorum) in Rwanda based on sightings. Ann-Marie Attenberger. 04.01.2021. MSc. TU Berlin. Ecology and Environmental Planning. Supervision: Olivier Nsengimana (RWCA), Kramer-Schadt S, vd Lippe M (TUB).

2020

  • A population viability and connectivity analysis for the alpine lynx (Lynx lynx) population. 19.11.2020. MSc. Eva Sanchez Arribas. Uppsala University, Sweden. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, Planillo A, Molinari-Jobin A (KORA). -> Manuscript in prep.
  • Influence of roost site availability on activity of forest-dwelling bats above coniferous forests. 15.10.2020. BSc. Franziska Röpke. Ökologie und Umweltplanung. TU Berlin. Supervision: Volker Kelm (K&S Umweltgutachten), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Spatial, temporal and interindividual determinants of wildlife-vehicle collision mortality in spotted hyenas in the Serengeti National Park between 1989 and 2020. 25.06.2020. Masterarbeit: Marwan Naciri, Master Biosciences École Normale Supérieure (ENS) Lyon, Frankreich. Supervision: Benhaiem S, Gicquel M, Planillo A, East M, Hofer H. -> Manuscript in prep.
  • Using social network analysis on a population of reintroduced Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) to understand decisions of migratory association. 03.08.2020. Masterarbeit: Sinah Drenske. Ökologie und Umweltplanung. Technische Universität Berlin. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, Radchuk V, Benhaiem S, Landgraf C. -> Prize for best Master thesis!

2019

  • Demography and population viability of the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita), a reintroduced bird species. 04.02.2019. Bachelorarbeit: Sinah Drenske. Ökologie und Umweltplanung. Technische Universität Berlin. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, Radchuk V, Kowarik I (TUB). -> Manuscript submitted to Oryx
  • Wolfmanagement in Deutschland – Vergleich der Wolfmanagementpläne der Bundesländer. 26.09.2019. Bachelorarbeit: Patrick Enders. Landschaftsarchitektur und Landschaftsplanung. TU Berlin. Supervision: Heiland S (TUB), Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Inwiefern beeinflussen anthropogene Faktoren die Streifgebietsgrößen sowie täglichen Distanzen von Wildschweinen (Sus scrofa)? 08.08.2019. Bachelorarbeit: Elena Wernitz. Ökologie und Umweltplanung. TUB. Supervision: Stillfried M, Kramer-Schadt S.
  • Predicting community structure in a changing world – a new dynamic agent-based model to simulate multi-species home range behavior. 26.02.2019. Masterarbeit: Marie-Sophie Rohwäder. Ökologie, Evolution und Naturschutz. Universität Potsdam. Supervision: Kramer-Schadt S, Jeltsch F (UP).
  • Assessing patterns of livestock attacks caused by wolf (Canis lupus) using sightings and habitat predictions. 26.11.2019. Masterarbeit: Moritz Wenzler. Global Change Geography. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Kramer-Schadt S, Planillo A, Kümmerle T (HU). -> coauthored manuscript in prep.

2018

  • Life-history consequences of snare injuries in female spotted hyenas: A long term study in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. 02.05.2018. Diploma thesis. Sara Kaidatzi. Biologie. Freie Universität Berlin. Benhaiem S, East ML, Hofer H.
  • Usage of landscape metrics to predict spatial distribution of mammals in urban areas. 04.08.2018. BSc. Jessica Thimian. Biologie. Freie Universität Berlin. Supervision: Gras P, Kramer-Schadt S, Hofer H.
  • Monthly home ranges and habitat preferences of raccoons (Procyon lotor) in the Uckermark, Germany – a estimation method comparison. 2018. BSc. Pedro Mello Rose. Biologie. Freie Universität Berlin. Supervision: Scholz C, Hofer H.
  • An occupancy analysis of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and its potential preys in Eastern Panama. 09.10.2018. MSc. Angelica Maria Moreno Sosa. Universität Bremen. Supervision: Abrams J, Kramer-Schadt S, Marko Rohlfs (U Bremen). -> Moreno Sosa et al. (2022) Mammal Biology.