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Dr. Alexandra Botzat

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Alexandra Botzat worked from 08/2016 until 06/2018 as postdoc in Nina Langen’s lab at TU Berlin. After studying biology with a focus on biodiversity in Frankfurt/M, she did her PhD on the impact of modified forest fragments on ecological processes in South Africa in the conservation ecology lab at Marburg University (2008-2012). After her PhD, Alex lived in Brisbane, Australia, for two years, worked in environmental jobs and volunteered for different NGOs related to sustainable food systems and environmental education.


  • Botzat A., Fischer L.K. & I. Kowarik (2016): Unexploited opportunities in understanding liveable and biodiverse cities. A review on urban biodiversity perception and valuation [2]. Global Environmental Change 39: 220–233. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.04.008
  • Botzat A., Fischer L. & N. Farwig (2015) Regeneration potential in South African forest fragments: extinction debt paid off or hampered by contemporary matrix modification? [3] Plant Ecology 216(4), 535–551. doi: 10.1007/s11258-015-0457-9
  • Grass I., Brandl R., Botzat A., Neuschulz E.L. & N. Farwig (2015) Contrasting taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity responses to forest modifications: comparisons of taxa and successive plant life stages in South African scarp forest [4]. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118722. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118722
  • Botzat A., Fischer L. & N. Farwig (2013) Forest-fragment quality rather than matrix habitat shapes herbivory on tree recruits in South Africa [5]. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 29(2), pp 111–122. doi: 10.1017/S0266467413000102
  • Stalter D., Magdeburg A., Quednow K., Botzat A. & J. Oehlmann (2013) Do wastewater contaminants impact the ecological quality of German streams? [6] PLoS ONE 8(4): e60616.
  • Botzat A. (2012) Fragment quality rather than matrix habitat shapes forest regeneration in a South African mosaic-forest landscape [7]. Dissertation, Philipps-Universität Marburg.
  • Neuschulz E.L., Grass I., Botzat A., Johnson S. & N. Farwig (2012) Persistence of flower visitors and pollination services of a generalist tree in modified forests [8]. Austral Ecology, 38(4), 374–382. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02417.x
  • Neuschulz E.L., Botzat A. & N. Farwig (2011) Effects of forest modification on bird community composition and seed removal in a heterogeneous landscape in South Africa [9]. Oikos 120(9), 1371–1379. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19097.x
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