Dr Nicole Nöske

Biologist and Specialised Journalist

Nicole Nöske studied Biology with focus on botany, microbiology, journalism and communication at the Georg-August -Universität Göttingen (Germany), from which she also received her PhD in Biology. For her diploma thesis (1998-2000) she studied  the biodiversity of epilithic lichens in an arboretum in Sardinia in cooperation with the University of Sassari (Italy). During her PhD studies (2001-2005), she investigated the effects of land use on the diversity of epiphytic lichens and bryophytes in a mountain rain forest in southern Ecuador. This investigation was part of the multidisciplinary DFG research project FOR 402, and was carried out in cooperation with the Universidad  Nacional de Loja (Ecuador) and the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum of the Free University of Berlin (Germany). From 2005-2008 she was trained as a Specialised Journalist at the Freie Journalistenschule Berlin (Germany).

From 2004-2012 she worked freelance for various biological database and internet projects (BRENDA, LIAS, LIAS Light, Morph-D-Base). In 2012, she co-founded the company BIO-Diverse, which activities focus on the research and communication of biological diversity, and of which she was CEO together with Dr. Luciana Zedda until 2020. Her activity as managing director is currently suspended.

Nicole Nöske is currently working as a researcher at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Department of Education, in the FörTax project (promotion of taxonomy as a basis for nature conservation). Her task within this project is to carry out an inventory of the needs and training of species experts for the biodiversity of Central Europe. The project is part of the federal program for biological diversity, funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Nicole Nöske is specialized in studies of various biodiversity and education topics, in the design and content maintenance of data bases, in science communication and knowledge transfer (especially through education for sustainable development). Her main interests are particularly the biodiversity and ecology of plants (including bryophytes) and lichens, effects of anthropogenic disturbance on diversity and nature conservation.

Nicole Nöske is ibn member since 2013 and was involved in different ibn-projects.