Established in 1607, the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (JLU) is among the oldest universities in Germany. JLU ranks among the 25 largest universities in Germany and is the second-largest university in the federal state of Hesse. 12% of JLU’s BA-/MA students and almost 40% of its graduate students come from abroad. The university covers the areas of arts/humanities, business, dentistry, economics, law, medicine, life science, social sciences, and veterinary medicine. It is named after its most famous faculty member, Justus von Liebig, the founder of modern agricultural chemistry and inventor of artificial fertiliser, who taught at the university from 1824 to 1852.
Hanno is an ecologist and group leader at the JLU. In his work, he is analysing the spread and accumulation of alien species at large spatial scales and over long time periods. He develops computer models to simulate the dynamics of spread based on human transport systems. Another central part of his work deals with developing workflows to standardise and integrate biodiversity data.
Yanina is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Giessen and the Science coordinator for IPBES Data and Knowledge unit. She is an ecologist and conservation biologist that enjoys working at the intersection between applied science and policy making.
Yanina is from Argentina where she did her PhD at University of Buenos Aires studying land use changes and its effects of wetland birds. Currently, she is working on identifying and developing indicators for biodiversity monitoring that could be used for policymaking.