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Education

 

May 2016 - September 2016 Research assistant at the University of Oldenburg, Landscape Ecology Group
"KiLi SP5 - Plant functional traits translated into vegetation dynamics"
July 2010 - April 2016 PhD student at the University of Oldenburg, Landscape Ecology Group
"KiLi SP5 - Plant functional traits translated into vegetation dynamics"
April 2008 - June 2010 Study of Mathematics with emphasis on algebra and probability theory
Degree "Magisternebenfach"
October 2002 - March 2008 Study of Biology with emphasis on tropical ecology, plant systematics, animal behavior and virology
Degree "Diplom", thesis "On the influence of altitude, water availability and succession on the diversity of Bromeliaceae in the Mata Atlantica, Santa Catarina, Brazil"

 

Field work

 

October 2014 - September 2015 Epiphyte traits data collection, elevation and land use gradient on Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
July 2012 - November 2012 PhD thesis plant traits data collection, elevation gradient on Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
January 2012 - April 2012 PhD thesis plant traits data collection, land-use gradient and elevation gradient on Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
June 2011 - September 2011 PhD thesis plant traits data collection, land-use gradient on Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
January 2011 - April 2011 PhD thesis plant traits data collection, land-use gradient on Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
August 2010 - October 2010 Method optimization for plant trait research, language acquisition
Location: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro region
Project: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change
October 2009 - January 2010 Guinea baboon habituation and field station management and buildup
Location: Senegal, Parc Nacional de Niokolo Koba
Project: Guinea baboon behavior and ecology
April 2007 - January 2008 Data collection on bromeliad distributions
Location: Brazil, Reserva Emílio Fiorentino Battistella
Project: Diplom thesis
October 2006 - December 2006 Plant specimen sampling and identification, buildup of a botanical garden
Location: Mexico, Selva Lacandona
Project: Lacandonia schismatica: recurso genético estratégico para México y conservación de la selva lacandona
February 2006 - April 2006 Phenology and collection of herbar specimens
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Salonga National Park
Project: The Cuvette Centrale as reservoir of medicinal plants
September 2004 - March 2005 Gibbon predation pressure and behavioral long-term observation
Location: Thailand, Khao Yai National Park
Project: Gibbon behavior and ecology project

 

Awards and scholarships

 

July 2007 - December 2007 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service for Diplom thesis data collection
October 2006 - December 2006 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service for practical training abroad
September 2004 Travel grant from the German Academic Exchange Service for practical training abroad

 

Publications

Rico Fischer, Andreas Enßlin, Gemma Rutten, Markus Fischer, David Schellenberger Costa, Michael Kleyer, Andreas Hemp, Sebastian Paulick, Andreas Huth, 2015,  Simulating carbon stocks and fluxes of an African tropical montane forest with an individual-based forest model . PLoS ONE, 10: e0123300

Marcell Peters, Andreas Hemp, Tim Appelhans, Christina Behler, Alice Classen, Florian Detsch, Andreas Ensslin, Stefan Ferger, Sara Frederiksen, Friederike Gebert, Michael Haas, Maria Helbig-Bonitz, Claudia Hemp, William Joseph Kindeketa, Ephraim Mwangomo, Christine Ngereza, Insa Otte, Juliane Röder, Gemma Rutten, David Schellenberger Costa, Joseph Tardanico, Giulia Zancolli, Jürgen Deckert, Connal Eardley, Ralph Peters, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Matthias Schleuning, Axel Ssymank, Victor Kakengi, Jie Zhang, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Roland Brandl, Elisabeth Kalko, Michael Kleyer, Thomas Nauss, Marco Tschapka, Markus Fischer, and Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, 2016, Predictors of elevational biodiversity gradients change from single taxa to the multi-taxa community level. Nature Communications, 7 (2016): 13736

David Schellenberger Costa, Alice Classen, Marcell Peters, Stefan Ferger, Maria Helbig-Bonitz , Ingolf Stefan-Dewenter, Kathrin Boehning-Gaese, Michael Kleyer, 2017, Relationships between abiotic environment, plant functional traits, and animal body size at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174157. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174157

David Schellenberger Costa, Friederike Gerschlauer, Holger Papst, Anna Kühnel, Bernd Huwe, Ralf Kiesl, Yakov Kuzyakov, Michael Kleyer, 2017, Community-weighted means and functional dispersion of plant functional traits along environmental gradients on Mount Kilimanjaro. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12542

 

Conference participations

 

September 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Ecology (gfö)
Oral presentation on "The abundant and the widespread - how do functional traits of dominant and broad-range species compare to the community in terrestrial plants and epiphytes?"
June 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
Oral presentation on "The abundant and the widespread - how do functional traits of dominant and broad-range species compare to the community in terrestrial plants and epiphytes?"
February 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
Oral presentation on "Epiphyte trait space compared to terrestrial plants along an elevation gradient from drought to cold"
September 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Ecology (gfö)
Oral presentation on "Environmental filtering and trait-neutral species turnover"
July 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
Oral presentation on "Environmental filtering and trait-neutral species turnover"
February 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
Oral presentation on "Species' niches, abundances and specialization"
September 2013 Annual Conference of the Society for Ecology (gfö)
Oral presentation on "Testing the trait effect-response framework: Environment - plant trait - body mass relationships at Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania"
June 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
Oral presentation on "Species niches and diversity along environmental gradients in a tropical mountain ecosystem"
April 2013 Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
Oral presentation on "Species niches and diversity along environmental gradients at Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania"
June 2011 International Joint Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) & the Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Poster contribution
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