Dr Jan Axmacher

While reading Geo-Ecology and during his PhD studies at the University of Bayreuth, Jan studied aspects of biogeography with particular emphasis on the spatial patterns of biodiversity across different taxonomic groups and in relation to environmental change. Following his PhD, he initially worked at the Bayreuth Institute for Ecosystem Research (BITÖK) and in the sino-german graduate college "Sustainable Resource Use in the North China Plain), before starting to lecture landscape ecology and conservation at UCL (University College London). Here, he directs the prestigious MSc Conservation programme, the UK's oldest degree programme in nature conservation. His research interests are still focussed on biodiversity patterns and their links with environmental factors, as well as on applied aspects of biodiversity conservation.