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28. Nov 2022

Habitat mapping data can fill gaps in knowledge on biodiversity

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Here you find the doctoral student’s profile of Lina Lüttgert. She published results of her doctoral studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and shared the research more widely with a press release.

About the author:

L. Lüttgert in the “lab”.

Field(s) of expertise during doctoral studies:

  • Temporal trends of habitats and plant species
  • Data processing

Curriculum Vitae

  • Doctoral studies in the group Geobotany of Prof. Dr. Helge Bruelheide at MLU
  • Master in Biology at MLU in 2020

Challenges, rewards and contribution

Q: What was your most important contribution to the publication?
A: As I was responsible for the analysis, I think trying out and finding different ways to analyze the data was very important to get the most out of it.

Q: What was challenging and what was a rewarding moment during your work presented in the publication?
A: One of my great challenges was starting this work in times of home office and organizing my work days in a (more or less) structured way. I had to come up with many solutions on my own, which however, I think in the end really helped me grow into a more independent researcher.

When I presented our results to the people who collected the data for many years, I was amazed to see such excited faces and people eager to discuss. It felt like I was doing something useful at the end of the day.

Significance of publication

The authors have shown how research can benefit from this historic habitat mapping data which provide insight into changes of the local flora since the 1980s. Their results also show a clear decline of species-rich habitats due to urbanization over the last decades.

from press release no. 142/2022 of November 1, 2022

Related publication

L. Lüttgert, S. Heisterkamp, F.  Jansen, R. Klenke, K.-A. Kreft, G. Seidler, H. Bruelheide
Repeated habitat mapping data reveal gains and losses of plant species. 
Ecosphere 13, e4244 (2022)
doi:  10.1002/ecs2.4244

About this profile

Doctoral students contribute significantly to publications highlighted by the MLU press office in many cases. These early stage researchers and their work in connection with the publication are in the focus of this profiles by InGrA.

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Über Thomas Michael

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