Prof. Dr. Ralf B. Schäfer

Head (Quantitative Landscape Ecology)
Consultation Hour: Wednesday 9-10
Building I, Room 3.05

Research Interests

  • Relationship between traits of freshwater organisms and stressors
  • Effects of chemicals (and other stressors) on freshwater ecosystem functioning
  • Passive sampling of organic contaminants
  • Spatial and statistical analysis


  • Multivariate Statistics and Geostatistics with R
  • Environmental and Ecological Modeling
  • Spatial Modeling and GIS
  • Mathematics for Environmental Scientists
  • Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology

Academic History

  • Professor for Quantitative Landscape Ecology (since 2016)
  • Habilitation in Environmental Sciences and Landscape Ecology, University Koblenz-Landau, Germany (2013)
  • Juniorprofessor for Quantitative Landscape Ecology (2010-2016)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2008-2010)
  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Environmental Sciences, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany (2005-2008)
  • PhD student at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (2005-2008)
  • Studies in Statistics, Philosophy and Sociology, University Kassel, Germany (2003-2004)
  • MSc in Environmental Sciences at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany (1997-2003)


  • Research Award for Early Career Scientists of the Faculty for Natural and Environmental Sciences, University Koblenz-Landau (2013)
  • Best Publication Award of the SETAC Europe (2008).
  • 2nd Best Presentation Award of SETAC German Language Branch, Landau, Germany (2006).


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