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Celina Apel

Celina Apel

Justus Liebig University
IFZ - Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
D-35392 Giessen


Teaching & Research Focus

I am a biologist studying ecology and biodiversity. Broadly, I am passionate about studying ecological interactions and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the linkages between vegetation and factors limiting the distribution of animals in Africa, and how both vary seasonally. As part of the EU Horizon 2020 UPSCALE project, I study the ecological impacts of push-pull technologies on agricultural ecosystem services such as crop yield and pest suppression on different spatial scales. This research aims to preserve biodiversity and improve food security, human livelihoods, and resilience against climate change.

Scientific Career

  • 2023-current. PhD student. Institute of Animal Ecology and Systematics. Justus Liebig University of Gießen (Germany)
  • 2021-2023. PhD Student. Institute of Geobotany. Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)
  • 2017-2020. M.Sc. Biology with focus on Biodiversity and Ecology. University of Hamburg. Thesis title: “Limiting factors of the distribution of Lepilemur petteri in the spiny forest of Madagascar" (Germany)
  • 2014-2018. B.Sc. Biology. University of Hamburg. Thesis title: “Spatial and Activity Pattern of Ocymyrmex velox in the Marienfluss Valley, Namibia“ (Germany)
  • ERASMUS+. University of Oslo (Norway)