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University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg, Germany
- effects of biodiversity and management on ecosystem services (especially biological pest control) in agricultural landscapes
- applied ecology: how can ecosystem services improve agricultural production?
- interactions between above- and belowground ecosystem services
- the use of remote sensing data in ecological studies
- effects of global change on anthropogenic landscapes and biodiversity
- interdisciplinary approaches to ecosystem management based on social, economic and ecologial principles and values
- public outreach and science dissemination
- spatial and landscape ecology in terrestrial and marine ecosystems
- conservation biology
Since 11/2013: EU project FP7 LIBERATION: Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecofunctional intensification
Examples of ongoing research within the Liberation framework
1) Above- and belowground interactions in winter wheat fields. Effects of soil quality and landscape complexity on parasitoid and predator abundances. Large-scale field experiment conducted in seven European countries involved in Liberation:
Cereal aphids Sitobion avenae and their natural enemies (from left: parasitoids, ladybirds, hoverfly larvae). Photos © Sarah Redlich
2) Importance of birds and crop diversity for biological control in cereal agroecosystems
Exclusion experiments to test effects of natural enemies and particularly birds on biological control (left). Assessment of landscape complexity (e.g. based on habitat or crop diversity) as drivers of biological pest control in winter wheat fields. Photos © Sarah Redlich
3) Interactive effects of soil quality and landscape complexity on sunflower pollination
Sunflower phytometer experiment (left) and a typical pollinator in agricultural landscapes (on the right a bumble bee, Bombus terrestris). Photos © Sarah Redlich
Since 11/2013: Doctoral student in project LIBERATION, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany
2014-2015: MSc in Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany. Thesis: "Effects of landscape composition and configuration on species richness, abundance and composition of bird communities in agricultural landscapes". Supervision: Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter and PD Dr. Andrea Holzschuh
2012: BSc with First Class Honours in Ecology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Thesis: "Home or away? How mating strategies affect our ability to infer dispersal patterns in the diadromous fish Galaxias maculatus in New Zealand." Supervision: Dr. Sharyn Goldstien and Dr. Michael Hickford
2009 - 2011: BSc in Ecology, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand
Since 09/2017: Qualification program in natural sciences, University of Würzburg
05/2017 Member of Advisory board "Autonomous agricultural machines", biodiversity expert. Thünen Institute, Braunschweig
06/2016 Planning and running two stakeholder workshops entitled "Integration of ecological processes in modern agriculture - opportunity or contradiction?" with farmers, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and farmer organisations. Including talks introducing research results obtained within the European research project "Liberation", a presenation by the owner of the host farm, support from a wildlife conservation specialist and a field trip.
06/2016 Public outreach activity at the German Agricultural Society field days in Mariaburghausen (three-day event). Introducing the concept of ecological intensification and results obtained within the European research project "Liberation".
09/2015 - 02/2017 Mentoring in natural sciences program, University of Würzburg
10/2014 Workshop participation:" Public outreach and Dissemination". Internal LIBERATION training in Poznan, Poland.
2012/13 Summer Research at University of Canterburg (UC): "The Plant Sentinel Project - Host-insect herbivore relationships". Supervisors: Dr. Eckehard Brockerhoff (Scion), Dr. John Clemens (Christchurch Botanic Gardens) and Dr. William Godsoe (UC).
2011/12 Summer Research at UC: "Post-earthquake ecology in the Avon-Heathcote estuary, Christchurch". Supervisor: Prof. Dr. David Schiel (UC)
02/2011 Science Outreach – demonstrator at the Agricultural and Pastoral Show in Christchurch, New Zealand (Topic: "Effects of the Christchurch earthquakes")
2010/11 Summer Research at UC: "Reproductive behaviour of the invasive tunicate Styela clava and assessment of the age structure of native sea-tulip Pyura pachydermatina populations around Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Supervisor: Dr. Sharyn Goldstien (UC)
02/2017 Talk: "Anbaustrukturen und ihre Auswirkungen auf Nützlings- und Schädlingspopulationen". Invited talk in the comittee for plant protection of the German Agricultural Society (DLG) in Hannover.
01/2017 Talk: "Benefits of crop diversification for biodiversity and ecosystem services". Invited talk at internal seminar of the Swedish Agriculutural Society in Uppsala, Sweden.
09/2016 Radio interview: "Benefits of adopting ecological practices in conventional production systems" ("Öko-Maßnahmen lohnen"). SWR2 Impuls - Das Wissensmagazin.
09/2016 Talk: "Diversified cropping systems benefit top-down regulation of aphid pests in winter wheat fields". ESA14, Biannual conference of the European Society of Agronomy in Edinburgh, Scotland.
06/2016 Talks: "Integration ökologischer Prozesse in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft - Chance oder Widerspruch?" ("Integration of ecological processes in modern agriculture - opportunity or contradiction?"). Two stakeholder workshops with farmers, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and farmer organisations.
06/2016 Talk: "Integration ökologischer Prozesse in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft - Chance oder Widerspruch?". Expert forum German Agricultural Society exhibition in Mariaburghausen.
11/2015 Poster: Redlich S., Dainese M., Martin E., St-Martin A., Steffan-Dewenter I. "Ökosysteme: Partner der Landwirtschaft " ("Ecosystems: Supporting agriculture"). Symposium: Microorganisms and invertebrates - essential service providers for crop and food production. Berlin, Germany.
09/2015 Poster: Redlich S., Martin E., Wende B, Steffan-Dewenter I. „Birds like it chequered: Effects of landscape composition and configuration on bird diversity and community composition in agricultural landscapes." Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 45th Annual Meeting, Göttingen, Germany.
07/2015 Talk: "Effects of landscape composition and configuration on species richness, abundance and composition of bird communities in agricultural landscapes". Colloquium in ecology, Department for Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany.
03/2015 Talk: "Project Liberation: Biodiversity enhances ecosystem services for sustainable agriculture". Workshop title"Research meets practice - exchanging knowledge about conservation biology and agroecology". Meeting of researchers of the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (University of Würzburg) and government/extension agencies.
09/2012 Talk: "Genetic connectivity of a diadromoous fish, Galaxias maculatus (inanga)." Annual Biology Conference 2012, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
06/2012 Talk: "What marine biologists do". Public Outreach at Amberley High School, New Zealand.
2017 Travel grant of the Commission of Equality (Biocentre, University of Würzburg) for travels to Uppsala, Sweden for scientific exchange
2015 Prize for excellent MSc thesis, University of Würzburg
2012/13 University of Canterburg (UC) Summer Research Scholarship
2012 UC Senior Scholarships
2011/2012 UC Summer Research Scholarship
2011 UC Foundation 2011 Earthquake Scholarship
2010/11 Summer Research Scholarship
2010 Percival Memorial Prize in Biological Science
Since 2010 Member of the Golden Key International Honours Society
Radio Interview "Benefits of adopting ecologcial practices in conventional production systems" (in German)
Gagic, V., Kleijn, D., Báldi, A., Boros, G., Bracht Jorgensen, H., Elek, Z., Garratt, M., De Groot, A., Hedlund, K., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Marini, L., Martin, E., Pevere, I., Potts, S., Redlich, S., Senapathi, D., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Świtek, S., Smith, H., Takács, V., Tryjanowski, P., van der Putten, W., van Gils , S., Bommarco, R. 2017. Combined effects of agrochemicals and ecosystem services on crop yield across Europe. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12850. Link to publication
Redlich, S., Martin, E., Wende, B., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2017. Landscape-level crop diversity benefits biological pest control. Under review in Journal of Applied Ecology.
Redlich, S., Martin, E., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2017. Perennial habitat rather than crop diversity mediates benefits of landscape complexity on bird diversity. Under review in Ecological Indicators.
Redlich, S., Martin, E., Dainese, M., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2016. Diversified cropping systems benefit top-down regulation of aphid pests in winter wheat fields. Conference proceedings, ESA 14 in Scotland, Edinburgh.