Dr Rebecca Thier-Lange

Scientific Coordinator



April-Nov 2013 Distance learning course‘Betriebliches Umweltmanagement und Umweltökonomie’ - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
2007–2012Doctoral studies - University of Giessen, Department of Animal Ecology, Germany
2001–2006Undergraduate studies in biology (Hauptstudium) with major in zoology, neurobiology and behavioral biology and minors in psychology, nature conservation and ecology - Leipzig University, Germany
Sep 2005-April 2006       Eight-month stay in Australia to conduct field and lab work for my diploma thesis, funded by the DAAD

Sep 2003-Sep 2004
Study abroad, subject: biology with major in invertebrate zoology, funded by the DAAD - Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
1999–2001Undergraduate studies in biology (Grundstudium)University of Kassel, Germany


Doctoral thesis'The impact of land use and fragmentation on the genetic and demographical structure of two model insect species' - University of Giessen, Germany
Diploma thesis - 'Mating system and fidelity rates of the gecko species Oedura reticulata in fragmented landscapes in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia' - Leipzig University, Germany


Employment History
Since Oct 2013Scientific coordinator at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
May 2011– Oct 2012 Scientific assistant within the EU project SCALES - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany, Department of Conservation Biology
Feb 2011– March 2011Lecturer in German through the NGO Apollo e.V. (Berlin) - Stavropol State Agrarian University, Russia
Sep 2010Scientific assistant within the EU project SOILSERVICE - University of Giessen, Germany, Department of Animal Ecology
March 2007 – May 2010Scientific assistant within the project SFB 299 ‘Land use options for peripheral regions’- University of Giessen, Germany, Department of Animal Ecology
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010Lecturer in Biology (experimental conservation, landscape ecology, basics in animal ecology) & supervision of undergraduate students - University of Giessen, Germany, Department of Animal Ecology
Nov–Dec 2006Scientific assistant - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany, Department of System Ecotoxicology

My (research) interests


I’m a big fan of combining genetic and demographic studies to investigate habitat fragmentation effects on widely distributed species. Landscape genetics, molecular genetics and population genetics are research fields that fascinate me.

I’m also interested in environmental education and work(ed) in the NGO sector with NABU and ENEDAS, mainly educating children on natural phenomena. Another topic which appeals to me is sustainability and this extends into my daily life.

Birding is one of my hobbies - though I wouldn’t say I’m a nerd!

In 2013 my professional focus changed. I’ve become a science manager, a field that has been developing for more than a decade now. I’m the Scientific Coordinator at iDiv – at the interface between management and science.

Making use of management skills at the heartbeat of science is great, I’m excited about the future.

Areas of responsibility


Our wish is to continue to make iDiv a stimulating environment for scientists.


The Scientific Coordination team is here to …

facilitate discussion:

  • we organize the annual iDiv conference
  • we run the weekly iDiv Seminar Series
  • we host guests, maintain networks, organize symposia and meetings
  • we facilitate science strategy discussions
  • we will build up an ALUMNI network

foster integration and interdisciplinary relationships:

  • we take care of the iDiv members (members relation officer)
  • we administer the internal funding mechanism: Flexpool (members relation officer)
  • we maintain a centre-wide Competence Map
  • we organize participatory workshops: iPerform/How-To’s
  • we aim at assessing integrity and interdisciplinary research

monitor our scientific performance:

  • we keep record of iDiv publications and established publication guidelines
  • we advise on Open Access publishing
  • we take care of the biennial Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) evaluation
  • we are going to build up an evaluation mechanism

give professional support:

  • we publish a monthly Science Newsletter
  • we advise on Third-Party Funding and record iDiv 3rd Party Funding


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries, comments or questions.



Icon address

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig, Germany

Icon roomnumber

1.15 (Interim III)

Icon phone
+49 341 9733103
Icon institutes

Leipzig University

Share this site on:
iDiv is a research centre of theDFG Logo