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Dr. Leonie Fischer

Lupe [1]




e-mail:
leonie.fischer[at]ilop.uni-stuttgart.de

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 05/2011 Scientist at the Chair of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, TU Berlin
  • 2012 PhD thesis Urban meadows: biodiversity patterns and restoration potential (Graduate School Urban Ecology Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
  • 2007 Diploma thesis Ecological impacts of the introduced quinine tree (Cinchona spp.) in Hawai'i
  • 2004 - 2007 Tutor at the Chair of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, TU Berlin
  • 2004 Practical training with landscape planning office
  • 2003/2004 Internship with the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, USA
  • 2002 - 2004 Freelance work at landscaping company
  • 2001 - 2007 Studies in landscape planning and landscape architecture at the TU Berlin
  • 1999 - 2001 Formal training as landscape gardener

 

 

 

Research interests

My scientific focus is especially on the ecology of human-influenced habitats in both tropical and moderate regions, including urban ecology, urban restoration and invasion biology. Basic part of my research work is its practical orientation and application.

 

Current conference activities

Organising a session on "Urban Ecosystems [2]" at the GfÖ annual meeting

 

Current research projects

Implementation of the strategy for the promotion of bees and other pollinators in Berlin by optimizing the protection of wild bees [3] - a joint project of Technische Universität Berlin, Chair of Ecosystem Science / Plant Ecology and the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection (starting May 2019)

 

Green SURGE [4] - Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy. Funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) 2013 to 2017. Learn more about the "edible school" within Green Surge's Berlin Urban Learning Lab in our video [5]!

 

Urban grasslands [6]: Assessing management preferences across European cities

 

 

Teaching

Ecology and landscape planning (Bachelor, Master), Landscape Architecture (Bachelor, Master), Urban Ecosystem Sciences (Master): 

  • Study projects
  • Ecological Competences for Landscape Architecture
  • Conceptual Ecology
  • Applied Nature Conservation
  • Urban Vegetation Ecology
  • Urban Ecology

Winner of the Faculty Award 2017 [7] for distinguished teaching

Last semester's Bacherlor's study project "Project Tree Pits. Biodiversity along streets"

Current teaching: Urban Vegetation Ecology [8]

 

 

Publications

at Research Gate [9]

 

Submitted / accepted manuscripts

  • Fischer, L.K., Kowarik, I. - Connecting people to biodiversity: is urban foraging a powerful tool?
  • Buchholz, S., Gathof, A., Grossmann, A., Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K. - Wild bees in urban grasslands: Urbanization, functional diversity and species traits.
  • Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K. - Alien plants in cities: human-driven patterns, risks and benefits. In: Douglas, I. et al. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology.
  • Fischer, L.K. - Nature is for everyone: investigating attitudes to urban biodiversity. In: Gandy, M. & Jasper, S. (Eds.) The Botanical City.

 

Publications

  • Nawrath, M., Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K. (2019) The influence of green streets on cycling behavior in European cities. [10] Landscape and Urban Planning 190.
  • Fischer, L.K., Brinkmeyer, D., Karle, S.J., Cremer, K., Huttner, E., Seebauer, M., Nowikow, U., Schütze, B., Voigt, P., Völker, S., Kowarik, I. (2019) Biodiverse edible schools: Linking healthy food, school gardens and local urban biodiversity. [11] Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 35-43.
  • Fischer, L.K., Kowarik, I. (2018) How people value biodiversity in urban landscapes: Assessing the people-nature intersection in cities. In: Mueller, L. & Sychev, V. (Hrsg.) Novel Methods and Results of Landscape Research in Europe, Central Asia and Siberia, 66-69.
  • Landor-Yamagata, J., Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K. (2018) Urban Foraging in Berlin: People, Plants and Practices within the Metropolitan Green Infrastructure. [12] Sustainability 10, 1873.
  • Elands, B.H.M., Vierikko, K., Andersson, E., Fischer, L.K., Gonçalves, P., Haase, D., Kowarik, I., Luz, A.C., Niemelä, J., Santos-Reis, M., Wiersum, K.F. (2018) Biocultural diversity: A novel concept to assess human-nature interrelations, nature conservation and stewardship in cities. [13] Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, in press.
  • Fischer, L.K., Honold, J., Cvejić, R., Delshammar, T., Hilbert, S., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Nielsen, A.B., Pintar, M., van der Jagt, A.P.N., Kowarik, I. (2018) Beyond green: Broad support for biodiversity in multicultural European cities. [14] Global Environmental Change 49, 35-45.
  • Fischer, L.K., Honold, J., Botzat, A., Brinkmeyer, D., Cvejić, R., Delshammar, T., Elands, B., Haase, D., Kabisch, N., Karle, S.J., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Nielsen, A.B., van der Jagt, A.P., Vierikko, K., Kowarik, I. (2018) Recreational ecosystem services in European cities: sociocultural and geographic context matters for park use. [15] Ecosystem Services 31: 455-467.
  • Tischew, S., Kommraus, F., Fischer, L.K., Kowarik, I. (2017): Drastic site-preparation is key for the successful reintroduction of the endangered grassland species Jurinea cyanoides. [16]Biological Conservation 214, 88-100.
  • Haase, D., Kabisch, S., Haase, A., Andersson, E., Banzhaf, E., Baró, F., Brenck, M., Fischer, L.K., Frantzeskaki, N., Kabisch, N., Krellenberg, K., Kremer, P., Kronenberg, J., Larondelle, N., Mathey, J., Pauleit, S., Ring, I., Rink, D., Schwarz, N., Wolff, M. (2017): Greening cities – To be socially inclusive? About the alleged paradox of society and ecology in cities. [17] Habitat International, 64: 41-48.
  • Kowarik, I., Bartz, R., Fischer, L.K. (2016): Stadtgrün pflegen, Ökosystemleistungen stärken, Wildnis wagen! Informationen zur Raumentwicklung 6 (2016).
  • Honold, J., Milicevic, M., Fischer, L.K. (2016): PLANTenary Urbanism. About migrating species and human happiness. ARCH+ 223: Planetary Urbanism [18]: The Transformative Power of Cities. 
  • Vierikko, K., Elands, B., Niemelä, J., Andersson, E., Buijs, A., Fischer, L.K., Haase, D., Kabisch, N., Kowarik, I., Luz, A.C., Olafsson Stahl, A., Száraz, L., Van der Jagt, A., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016): Considering the ways biocultural diversity helps enforce the urban green infrastructure in times of urban transformation. [19] Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 22: 7-12.
  • Fischer, L.K., Eichfeld, J., Kowarik, I., Buchholz, S. (2016): Disentangling urban habitat and matrix effects on wild bee species. [20] PeerJ 4:e2729
  • Botzat, A., Fischer, L.K., Kowarik, I. (2016): Unexploited opportunities in understanding liveable and biodiverse cities. A review on urban biodiversity perception and valuation. [21] Global Environmental Change 39: 220-233.
  • Fischer, L.K., Rodorff, V., von der Lippe, M., Kowarik, I. (2016): Drivers of biodiversity patterns in parks of a growing South American megacity. [22] Urban Ecosystems 19(3): 1231-1249.
  • Fischer, L.K. (2015): Wildwuchs Berlin - Florierende Stadtnatur. Berlin Story Verlag, 96p.
  • Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M., Kowarik, I. (2013): Urban land use types contribute to grassland conservation. The example of Berlin. [23] Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 12 (3): 263-272.
  • Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M., Rillig, M.C., Kowarik, I. (2013): Creating novel urban grasslands by reintroducing native species in wasteland vegetation. [24] Biological Conservation 159: 119-126.
  • Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M., Kowarik, I. (2013): Urban grassland restoration: Which plant traits make desired species successful colonisers? [25] Applied Vegetation Science 16: 272-285.
  • von der Lippe, M., Fischer, L.K., Rolka, C., Kowarik, I. (2011): Der Jüdische Friedhof Berlin-Weißensee. Vegetation und gartenkünstlerische Elemente als historische Zeugnisse. Die Gartenkunst [26], 2/2011, 327-339.
  • Kowarik, I., von der Lippe, M., Fischer, L.K. (2011): Verbindung von Denkmal- und Naturschutz auf dem Jüdischen Friedhof in Berlin-Weißensee. In: ICOMOS Internationaler Rat für Denkmalpflege Deutschland und Landesdenkmalamt Berlin (Eds.) 2011. Jüdische Friedhöfe und Bestattungskultur in Europa. Jewish Cemeteries and Burial Culture in Europe. ICOMOS-Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees LIII. 
  • Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K., Säumel, I., von der Lippe, M., Weber, F., Westermann, J.R. (2011): Plants in urban settings: from patterns to mechanisms and ecosystem services. In: Wilfried Endlicher, Patrick Hostert, Ingo Kowarik, Elmar Kulke, Julia Lossau, John Marzluff, Elke van der Meer, Harald Mieg, Gunnar Nützmann, Marlies Schulz, Gerd Wessolek (Eds.): Perspectives of Urban Ecology-Studies of ecosystems and interactions between humans and nature in the metropolis of Berlin. [27]Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.
  • Kowarik, I., Jäger, H., Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M. (2011): Auf den Einzelfall kommt es an! Unterschiedliche Auswirkungen derselben invasiven Art auf ozeanischen Inseln. [28]Geografische Rundschau 3/2011, 48-53.
  • von der Lippe, M., Fischer, L.K. (2010): Rückzug in die Stadtlandschaft - urbane Wiesen zwischen Nutzung und Naturschutz. Anthos [29]3/2010, 40-42.
  • Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M., Kowarik, I. (2009): Tree invasion in managed tropical forests facilitates endemic species [30]. Journal of Biogeography 36 (12), 2251-2263.
  • Kowarik, I., Jäger, H., Fischer, L.K., von der Lippe, M. (2009): Positive und negative Folgen biologischer Invasionen auf ozeanischen Inseln am Beispiel des Chinarindenbaumes (Cinchona pubescens). Ber. d. Reinh.-Tüxen-Ges. 21, 162-173.

 

 

 

Editorial activities

  • Sustainability [31]: Guest editor, Special Issue "Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Urban Development" [32]
  • The Urban Naturalist [33]: Editor

 

 

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