Why we started a German ecosystem services blog

In 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) found that over 60% of global ecosystem services are declining. What will the global and regional assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) that are currently on the way find? Over a decade after the MEA research on ecosystem services has exponentially increased (Figure … More Why we started a German ecosystem services blog

Student-driven literature reviews or a 5-year long journey in academia

Little did I know when I enrolled in my bachelor that a single student project could influence one’s scientific development for years. In fact, because of one extracurricular project, I published three peer-reviewed articles, initiated an international university collaboration and developed an educational approach to merge teaching and research in sustainability science. Well, to cut … More Student-driven literature reviews or a 5-year long journey in academia

Practical tips for field research: Notes from Brazil

Over the last month I have been in the city of Braganca on the northeast coast in the state of Para, Brazil. Located in the country’s most financially deprived region, it is characterized by small communities that rely heavily on local natural resources. In particular, the ocean, rivers and coastal mangrove forests. Our research will … More Practical tips for field research: Notes from Brazil

Have I done anything? – How your daily work lets you forget about what you achieve

Sometimes I come home from the university at night and wonder what I have done the whole day. Lately, I had the feeling I do not proceed with my PhD work fast enough that nothing happens. But then, I had to prepare for a meeting with my supervisor a presentation on what I had worked … More Have I done anything? – How your daily work lets you forget about what you achieve