Executive board members

Manfred Niekisch
Manfred NiekischPresident
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
fon: +49-(0)69-21233727
fax: +49-(0)69-21237855

manfred.niekisch (at) stadt-frankfurt.de
Pierre-Michel Forget
Pierre-Michel Forget1. Vice-president
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
1 avenue du petit château
91800 Brunoy

pierre-michel.forget (at) mnhn.fr



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.

Pia Parolin
Pia Parolin2. Vice-president
INRA, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis
CNRS, UMR 1355-7254
Institut Sophia Agrobiotech
06900 Sophia Antipolis

pia.parolin (at) sophia.inra.fr


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.

Nina Farwig
Nina FarwigSecretary General
Conservation Ecology
University of Marburg
Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8
D-35032 Marburg

farwig (at) biologie.uni-marburg.de



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.

Holger Kurz
Holger KurzTreasurer
Büro für biologische Bestandsaufnahmen
Moorkamp 10
D-20357 Hamburg

gtoe (at) bfbb.de

Scientific board members

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

ecotropica (at) uni-ulm.de
Raffael Ernst
Raffael ErnstMember of scientific advisory board
Museum of Zoology
Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden
Königsbrücker Landstr. 159
D-01109 Dresden

raffael.ernst (at) senckenberg.de



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

Bettina Engelbrecht
Bettina EngelbrechtMember of scientific advisory board
Department of Plant Ecology
University of Bayreuth
Universitaetsstrasse 30
95440 Bayreuth

bettina.engelbrecht (at) uni-bayreuth.de


I am a tropical plant ecologist interested in the factors shaping tropical tree diversity under current and future climate, with a focus on direct and indirect effects of drought. To that end, I am explicitly linking plant physiological and functional ecology with population and community ecology.

Vojtech Novotny
Vojtech NovotnyMember of scientific advisory board
Biology Centre
Czech Academy of Science
Branisovska 31
37005 Ceske Budejovice
Czech Republic

novotny (at) entu.cas.cz


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

Chris J. Kettle
Chris J. KettleMember of scientific advisory board
ETH Zurich
CHN G75.1
Universitaetstrasse 16
8092 Zurich

chris.kettle (at) env.ethz.ch


I am a Tropical Forest Ecologist and conservation geneticist with a primary focus on plant reproductive ecology. I  aim to advance our understanding of how habitat degradation, especially fragmentation, impacts on plant biodiversity.

Alice C. Hughes
Alice C. HughesMember of scientific advisory board
Centre for Integrative Conservation
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Menglun, Mengla
Yunnan 666303
P.R. China

ach_biodiversity  (at) hotmail.com

I am a conservation biogeographer looking at patterns of diversity and drivers of biodiversity change across Southeast Asia

Eike Lena Neuschulz
Eike Lena NeuschulzMember of scientific advisory board
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Reserach Centre
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main

elneuschulz (at) senckenberg.de



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.

Ute Radespiel
Ute RadespielMember of scientific advisory board
 Institute of Zoology
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Bünteweg 17
30559 Hannover

ute.radespiel (at) tiho-hannover.de



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.

Simone Pfeiffer
Simone PfeifferMember of scientific advisory board
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Centre of Biodiversity and sustainable Land Use
Büsgenweg 1
37077 Göttingen

spfeiff (at) gwdg.de



I am a scientific coordinator of interdisciplinary research and teaching projects in the Tropics and Subtropics with focus on biodiversity assessment and resource management.

Ingo Grass
Ingo GrassMember of scientific advisory board
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Department of Crop Sciences – Agroecology

ingo.grass (at) gtoe.org


I am a community ecologist interested in land-use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical landscapes.

Sven Günter
Sven GünterMember of scientific advisory board

Head of Dept., Forestry Worldwide
Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics
Leuschnerstr. 91
21031 Hamburg, Germany

sven.guenter (at) ti.bund.de


I am a forester, contributing to science-based solutions for sustainable policies in the field of multipurpose forestry, ecosystem services and livelihoods in tropical forest landscapes. My major motivation for participation in the advisory board of the Society for Tropical Ecology is helping to bridge the gap between solid ecological research and sustainable management of forest ecosystems and livelihoods of forest dependent people in the tropics.

Eckhard W. Heymann
Eckhard W. HeymannMember of scientific advisory board

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

eheyman (at) gwdg.de


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.

Jürgen Homeier
Jürgen HomeierMember of scientific advisory board
Georg-August-University Göttingen – Department of Plant Ecology and Ecosystems Research
Untere Karspüle 2
37073 Göttingen

jhomeie (at) gwdg.de



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.

Patrick A. Jansen
Patrick A. JansenMember of scientific advisory board
Department of Environmental Sciences
Wageningen University
PO Box 47
6700 AA Wageningen
The Netherlands

Patrick. jansen (at) wur.nl



I am a community ecologist studying interactions between wildlife and plants, such as seed dispersal and herbivory, in the tropics as well as the temperate zone. Much of my work involves the use of camera traps to record animal presence, abundance and behaviour.

K. Eduard Linsenmair
K. Eduard LinsenmairMember of scientific advisory board