Our Members

CURT Founders (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Amy K. Hahs

Senior Lecturer in Urban Horticulture at the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences, University of Melbourne, and Melbourne based coordinator of the initial CURT4Future in 2020-21. Interested in urban impacts on biodiversity, spatial ecology, nature-human interactions and how to translate research into practical actions to make better cities.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Jeschke

Professor of Ecological Novelty at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Freie Universität Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Straka

Guest professor in urban ecology at the Freie Universität Berlin and guest scientist at the Animal Ecology Research group, University of Münster and EURAC Research Institute, Bolzano, Italy. Tanja's interest lies in exploring and improving the coexistence of people and wildlife in shared urban environments. Now, she seeks to examine this intersection through the lens of social-ecological networks.

Prof. Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Williams

Professor of Urban Ecology and Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne Research Interests: Comparative urban ecology, Green infrastructure, Urban Biodiversity Conservation, Wildflower meadows and grassland restoration, invasive species

CURT Members (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Dr. Örjan Bodin

Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University. He is studying different challenges and opportunities in collectively governing and managing the natural environment, and much of his research bridges the natural and social sciences. His research encompasses case studies across the world, interdisciplinary methodological and theoretical developments, and experiments.

Prof. Dr. Joanna Coleman

Assistant Professor in Urban Ecology at the Department of Biology, Queens College at the City University of New York. Research in her lab is interdisciplinary (using ecology, molecular biology & social science methodologies) and applied, where the overall goal is to inform interventions to conserve biodiversity (and the ecosystem services it renders) in the urban century.

Prof. Dr. Cynnamon Dobbs

Assistant Professor in Urban and Community Forestry at the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut. Interested in socio-ecological approaches towards understanding patterns and process of urban forestry and its ecosystem services

Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer

Professor of Urban Productive Ecosystems at the Technical University of Munich. In her research, she investigates the relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being in urban ecosystems, with a focus on urban gardens. Monika’s work aims to bridge theory and practice to create and support systems in cities that offer food, habitat and community.

Dr. María Felipe-Lucia

Ramón y Cajal fellow at the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC) in Jaca, Spain. Her research seeks to understand the drivers and consequences of social-ecological interactions on sustainability.

Dr. Lynn Govaert

Group leader at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany. She investigates how ecological and evolutionary dynamics influence one another and simultaneously shape community dynamics and structure. (Photo credits: David Ausserhofer).

Dr. Solène Guenat

Postdoctoral researcher in the Social Sciences in Landscape Research Group of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research.


Dr. Guillermo Germán Joosten

Postdoctoral researcher at Akademie für Raumentwicklung. His main research interests are the environmental anthropology of socio-ecological conflicts, transdisciplinary work with stakeholders, and the development of narrative futures of human-environment relations.

Dr. Sophia Kochalski

Fisheries scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Cross-disciplinary Research Center in Environmental Technologies (CRETUS) at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dr. Brenda Lin

Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Environment leading the Adaptive and Livable Cities Team. Her research examines how natural systems or components of natural systems can be maintained or integrated into an increasingly developed landscape to provide ecosystem services that optimise both environmental and human well-being.

Zeno Porro

Doctoral student at the Freie Universität Berlin and Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), interested in ecology, conservation, and human dimension of wildlife. Currently investigating the disease risk in urban blue and green spaces focusing on birds, bats, mosquitoes.

Fiona Rickowski

Doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Freie Universität Berlin interested in invasive species and social-ecological systems. Currently researching the impacts and management of the invasive American mink in Iceland using social-ecological networks.

Dr. Florian Ruland

Postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Freie Universität Berlin. Interested in behavioural changes of animals in urban ecosystems, nature positivity and cohabitation.

Dr. Jose Daniel Teodoro

Social networks scientist with a focus on participatory decision-making, socio-environmental systems management, and climate change adaptation.

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