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Dr. Katja Schiffers

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Friday: 9am - 11am
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Scientific Research Focus


I am a post-doctoral researcher and ecological modeler in the field of plant ecology and evolution. In my work, I combine empirical data with process-based models to better understand patterns of species' trait and niche evolution and their responses to changing environmental conditions. I am also interested in testing new methodological approaches, particularly for improving monitoring and modeling.

 Currently I work in the PASIT project that addresses current and potential climate change impacts on fruit and nut growing regions in Tunisia and Chile by integrating phenological dormancy research and modeling of fruit and nut tree development with socio-economic approaches.


Academic Education


  • 2004 - 2008: PhD at the Universities of Potsdam and Tübingen

  • 1999 - 2003: Diplom: University of Potsdam

  • 1997 - 1999: Vordiplom: Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf


Professional Career


  • 2018 to present: Postdoc, Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn

  • 2016 - 2017: Maternal leave

  • 2014 – 2018: Postdoc, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Sep 2013 - Feb 2014: Maternal leave

  • Jun 2012 - May 2014: CNRS Researcher,  Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France

  • 2010 - 2012: Marie-Curie Fellow, Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France

  • 2009 - 2010: Postdoc, Diversitas-Germany

  • 2008 - 2009: DAAD Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

  • 2003 - 2004: Research assistant, Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Potsdam


Selected Publications


  • Schiffers, K (2nd revision) Monitoring und Modellierung - Synergien für eine anwendungsorientierte Biodiversitätsforschung. Natur und Landschaft

  • Schiffers KH , Schurr FM, Travis JMJ, Duputié A, Eckhart VM, Lavergne S, McInerny G, Moore KA, Pearman PB, Thuiller W, Wüest RO, Holt RD (2014) Landscape structure and genetic architecture jointly impact rates of niche evolution Ecography DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00768

  • Schiffers KH , Travis JMJ (2014) ALADYN - a spatially explicit, allelic model for simulating adaptive dynamics Ecography DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00680

  • Thuiller W, Münkemüller T, Lavergne S, Mouillot D, Mouquet D, Schiffers KH* and Gravel D (2013) A road map for integrating eco-evolutionary processes into biodiversity models Ecology Letters DOI:10.1111/ele.12104

  • Schiffers KH, Tielbörger K, Tietjen B and Jeltsch F (2011) Root plasticity buffers competition among plants - theory meets experimental data, Ecology 92(3):610-620. DOI: 10-1890/10-1086.1

  • Schiffers KH and Tielbörger K (2006) Ontogenetic shifts in interactions among annual plants, Journal of Ecology 94:336 - 341



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