Directorate of the gtö

The members of the gtö elect the directorate of our society at the annual meetings, in a three years turnus. For further details, see our: Satzung of the gtö.

Executive board members

Pierre-Michel Forget


Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
1 avenue du petit château
91800 Brunoy

president (at)

I am a tropical forest ecologist studying the animal-plant relationships, mostly fruit-eating vertebrates and seed dispersal, interested in the conservation and the sustainable use of non-timber forest products, and trying to educate stakeholders and people to minimize the  impact of anthropogenic activities on tropical biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Ute Radespiel

Secretary general

Institute of Zoology
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Bünteweg 17
30559 Hannover

ute.radespiel (at)……

I am a behavioural ecologist and aim to understand the factors, that drive and influence the evolution of social structures, the demography, ecological niche construction, distribution, connectivity and the long-term survival of lemur populations on various spatial scales.

Nina Farwig


Conservation Ecology
University of Marburg
Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8
D-35032 Marburg
farwig (at)
I am a conservation ecologist interested in functional biodiversity research who seeks to better understand the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of human activities.

Simone Pfeiffer


Georg-August-University Göttingen
Centre of Biodiversity and sustainable Land Use
Büsgenweg 1
37077 Göttingen



I studied ecology in Jena and Edinburgh. 2007 to 2013, I led the central coordination office of the DFG Priority Programme 1374 "Biodiversity Exploratories". Since 2013, I am the scientific coordinator for tropical / subtropical agricultural and forestry sciences in the Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the University of Göttingen. I am a gtö member since 2014 and was member of the advisory board 2015-2020.

Pablo Orozco-terWengel


Cardiff School of Biosciences

Cardiff University
The Sir Martin Evans Building,
Museum Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AX
United Kingdom

orozco-terwengelpa [at]…

I am a population geneticist and evolutionary biologist working on conservation genetics and understanding local adaptation mainly in the tropics. I use genomics and traditional molecular markers to characterise species history and contextualise it with ecological changes in their environment (e.g. fragmentation and land conversion for agriculture etc).


Scientific board members

Marco Tschapka

Editor of Ecotropica and member of scientific advisory board

Department of Experimental Ecology (Bio 3)
University of Ulm
Albert-Einstein Allee 11
D 89069 Ulm

ecotropica (at)

Jürgen Homeier

Member of scientific advisory board

Georg-August-University Göttingen – Department of Plant Ecology and Ecosystems Research
Untere Karspüle 2
37073 Göttingen


jhomeie (at)……

I am a plant ecologist, interested in the composition of tropical plants and the ecosystem functions of tropical forests along environmental gradients and under global change impacts.

Sarah Luke

Member of scientific advisory board

Department of Zoology,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
United Kingdom


I am a community ecologist interested in the effects of habitat change on biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and development of possible strategies for conservation. My current work is based in Southeast Asia.

Paulina Grigusova

Member of scientific advisory board

Philipps University of Marburg,
PUM LCRS - Laboratory of Climatology and Remote Sensing
Deutschhausstraße 12
35032 Marburg


grigusop (at)

I specialized in Environment Informatics and Remote Sensing and have experience in data science, especially in the application of machine learning techniques in biodiversity research and remote sensing, which I am currently using to investigate the burrowing behavior of soil animals and their influence on vegetation density and landscape processes.

Eckhard W. Heymann

Editor of Ecotropica and member of scientific advisory board

Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology Unit
Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen 


eheyman (at)…

I am a primatologist and behavioural ecologist, particularly interested in primate ecology and animal-plant interactions, and run a field research site in Peruvian Amazonia.

Melanie Dammhahn

Member of scientific advisory board

Department of Behavioural Biology

University of Münster

Badestraße 9

48149 Münster



I am a behavioural and animal ecologist with research interests at the interface between ecology, behaviour and evolution. Primarily, I am interested in drivers and limits of within-species variation in behaviour, life-history and ecophysiology and their consequences for ecological interactions within and between species. My studies are on a wide range of mammalian taxa, such as rodents, lemurs, insectivores, bats and carnivores.

Raffael Ernst

Member of scientific advisory board

Museum of Zoology
Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden
Königsbrücker Landstr. 159
D-01109 Dresden

raffael.ernst (at)…

I am animal ecologist and herpetologist interested in how phylogeny and ecology drive patterns of functional diversity in biological communities

Dominik Schüßler

Member of scientific advisory board

Universität Hildesheim,
Institut für Biologie und Chemie,
Abteilung Biologie,
Universitätsplatz 1,
31141 Hildesheim


dominik.schuessler (at)

I am interested in integrating the human dimension into wildlife conservation by investigating the attitudes towards the species of concern and the socio-economic perspective of conservation science. My current focus is on the evolutionary history of some lineages of lemurs of northeastern Madagascar and their implications for conservation planning.

Eike Lena Neuschulz

Member of scientific advisory board

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Reserach Centre
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main

elneuschulz (at)

I am interested in species communities and their ecosystem functions and services. In particular, I study ecosystem functions provided by birds across elevational gradients in temperate and tropical mountain regions.

Annemarie Wurz

Member of scientific advisory board - Social Media Manager

Philipps Universität Marburg

Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8

35032 Marburg



Twitter: @annemarie_wu

I am a tropical ecologist interested in pollination and pollinator conservation in crop production systems. Currently, I am a PhD student researching the effect of land-use change on biodiversity in vanilla agroforestry and other land-uses in north-eastern Madagascar. I find science communication very important and therefore I am happy to manage the Gtö’s twitter and facebook accounts to increase our visibility and impact through social media.

Christine B. Schmitt

Member of scientific advisory board

Department of Geography
University of Passau
Innstrasse 40
D-94032 Passau

christine.schmitt (at)

I am a Landscape Ecologist interested in how global change affects the biodiversity and ecosystem services of tropical and temperate forest landscapes. I am specialized in vegetation analysis and engage in inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches to develop strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of forests. 

Pia Parolin

Member of the scientific advisory board 

INRA, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis
CNRS, UMR 1355-7254
Institut Sophia Agrobiotech
06900 Sophia Antipolis

pia.parolin (at)

I am a tropical ecologist interested in wetlands and floodplain ecology and conservation, seeking to enhance conservation efforts in tropical countries and improve networking between European tropical ecologists.

I also started the project #MyMessageAsAScientist, a photo portrait project of scientists and their statements, supported by the gtö:

Vojtech Novotny

Member of scientific advisory board

Biology Centre

Czech Academy of Science
Branisovska 31
37005 Ceske Budejovice
Czech Republic

novotny (at)…

I am a tropical ecologist interested in the ecology of plant-insects food webs in tropical forests and conservation of tropical biodiversity.


Katerina Sam

Member of scientific advisory board

Laboratory of Multitrophic Interactions,
Biology Centre of Czech Republic,
Institute of Entomology

Branisovska 31
CZ 370 05 Ceske Budejovice

Czech Republic (at)

I am an ecologist working on the multitrophic interactions between plants and animals. I work mostly with bats, birds, ant and spiders on various aspect of their functioning in trophic interactions. I am an associate professor at Biology Centre of Czech Academy of Sciences and at University of South Bohemia in Czech Republic. My research interests are patterns of diversity and trophic interactions in tropical and temperate system, and large manipulative experiments focusing on predation and predators.