Lisa Merkens

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.3587
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: lisa.merkens[at]

Curriculum vitae

Since 02/2023 Ph.D. student at Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, TU Munich
Topic: “Modelling the connectivity of cities for different animal functional groups”
04/2020- 01/2023 Master of Science Geoökologie at University of Tübingen
Thesis: “Modelling the distribution of Pleistocene Mammoth Steppe vegetation using the bioclimatic limits of modern analogues”
10/2016- 04/2020 Bachelor of Science Geoökologie at University of Tübingen
Thesis: “Comparison of on-site threshing and a regional seed mixture for the restoration of species-rich grassland”

Research interest

I am a passionate ecologist and I love to find patterns in the interactions of species and their environment. To describe those patterns maths is an important tool to translate them into a model. That is why I learned to enjoy building a mathematical model that encompasses an ecological phenomenon. At TUM, it is my goal to model the connectivity of cities to different functional groups of animals. Our model should incoporate the spatial properties of cities and the traits of different functional groups of animals. Finally, we want to identify areas of high resistance to animal movement and to assess which animals could colonize an urban habitat. Apart from modelling, I very much enjoy botanical field work.