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Curriculum Vitae

 

Date of birth 2 June 1978
Place of birth Hagen, Germany
Nationality German
Permanent residency South Africa
Languages German (excellent command: spoken & written), English (excellent command: spoken & written), French (good: spoken & written), Afrikaans (good: spoken only)

 

Education

  • Reichenbach Gymnasium, Ennepetal, Germany.
    • Primary Education until standard 10, October 1996.
  • Deutsche Schule Kapstadt (DSK), Capetown, South Africa.
    • A-Levels (Abitur) received in November 1997.
  • Cape Technikon, Capetown, South Africa.
    • National Diploma in Nature Conservation completed in November 2001.
  • University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
    • First year BSc in Zoology, completed in November 2002.
  • University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
    • Second and third year BSc Zoology, completed in January 2005.
  •     Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
    • BSc (Honours) (cum laude) in Zoology, completed in January 2006.
  • Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
    • MSc in Zoology, completed in September 2008.
  • Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA), Department Primatology, Leipzig, Germany.
    • PhD in Biology, in progress. To be submitted in July 2013.

Work experience in related fields (in reverse chronological order)

  • Country representative for the African Great Ape Monitoring Program in Liberia and project coordinator for the nationwide chimpanzee survey in Liberia from 11th of August 2010 to 17th of May 2012.
  • Organizer of and lecturer at the Pan African Great Ape Monitoring Program training workshop funded by the Max-Planck Society (as part of the nation-wide chimpanzee survey in Liberia) from 27th of July to 10th of August 2010, Juarzon, Sapo National Park, Liberia.
  • Organizer of and lecturer at the West African Great Ape Training Workshop funded by GRASP from 18th of February to 12th of March at Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Course assistant, Statistics course offered to BSC (Hons.) students (Zoology 702 – Research Methods in Zoology) University of Pretoria, February 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  • Genetics laboratory assistant, University of Pretoria, 2003- 2004.
  • Genetics laboratory assistant, University of Stellenbosch, during the entire year of 2002.
  • Research assistant in Etosha National Park, Namibia, as part of the ND in Nature Conservation, March- November, 2001.
  • Fieldwork assistant, Western Cape Nature Conservation Board, Cedarberg Wilderness Area, from 27th June to 13th July 2000.
  • Assistant manager, Schoenfeld Guest Farm, Namibia from 18th November to 20th December 1999.
  • Assistant, Animal Welfare Society, Gordons Bay from 11th August 1998 to end of December 2000.
  • Veterinarian assistant, Windhoek Veterinary Clinic from 27th July 1998 to 8th August 1998.

Honours and Awards

  • Research Prize for the best research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the National Diploma in Nature Conservation at the Cape Technikon, Cape Town, 23 November 2001.
  • Life-long membership with the Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Pretoria.
  • Completion of BSc (Honours) with cum laude.
  • Prize for the best MSc presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, 23- 24 November 2006.
  • Runner-up for the prize for the best MSc presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, 22- 23 November 2007.
  • North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) Student talk winner at the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) North America Congress in Oakland, California, 15- 18 July 2012. [Link]
  • Cover page: Diversity and Distributions (volume 18, issue 11).
    Junker et al., 2012. Recent decline in suitable environmental conditions for African great apes. Full reference listed under “Refereed Journal and Book Chapters Publications” below. [Link]

Teaching and supervising experience

  • Scientific supervision of two Liberian students, Clement G. Tweh and Menladi M. Lormie from August 2012 to July 2013 at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  • GIS (ArcGIS, Quantum GIS) course/ self-help meeting (map design, spatial analyses, survey design) for students and staff at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 22th March – present.

Ad hoc reviewer

  • Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation