Besides, Elisabeth works at the UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (see personal webpage at UFZ). Her two major fields of interest are ‘biodiversity’ and ‘land consumption’. She has several years of experience in facilitating dialogue processes in the biodiversity context. Furthermore, she has followed developments around the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for about ten years.
She has been a team member of the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo) for many years, and in 2018, she coordinated this project. In 2018, she was also involved in the ibn-project Analysis of the strategic plan 2010-2020 and the Aichi targets of the CBD to develop proposals for a post-2020 framework.
Elisabeth studied Biology at the Free University in Berlin and at the University of Amsterdam, with special emphasis on Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics (1999–2004). For her dissertation at the University of Zurich, she examined biodiversity-productivity relationships in plant communities (2005–2009). During her PhD, she was employed at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and a member of the research group Jena-Experiment (funded by the German Research Foundation). In 2016/2017, she worked for the project “BIBS - Bridging in Biodiversity Science“ at the BBIB - Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research and at the Free University in Berlin.
Elisabeth joined the ibn in 2013.