Scientist

Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecology
Universitätsstrasse 5
D-45141 Essen
Germany

Room S05T03B12
Phone: +49.201.18.33113
Fax: +49.201.18.32179
heiko.schmidt@gast.uni-due.de

 

Profile

After completing my Masters in Environmental Sciences at the University of Freiburg, I completed a 4-month internship with the IUCN Joint SSC / WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN-MMPATF) to develop a global classification system for protected marine mammal habitats. Afterwards I completed an internship at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in the international nature conservation department. Subsequently, I worked for the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH in the Philippines, Manila, in the BMUB-funded tri-national project to support protection of the species-rich Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME).

PhD thesis: Development of a scenario-based prognosis tool to estimate the success of renaturation (SPARE)

Since July 2017 I am working on my PhD thesis on the development of a tool to estimate the success of restoration measures for fish. For this I combine a species distribution model and a fish dispersal model. The tool should allow spatially-explicit predictions on the effects of river restoration measures on fish biodiversity and thus a spatial prioritization of measures or project alternatives. The doctoral thesis is embedded in the project "Optimization of river restorations for biodiversity and ecosystem services" of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld of the University of Trier (Prof. Stefan Stoll, AG Interdisciplinary Environmental Protection) and is funded by the Bauer Foundation and Rudolf-und-Helene- Glaser Foundation.