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Dr. Leonie Fischer



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" 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 - 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 - 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!


Urban grasslands: Assessing management preferences across European cities




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 for distinguished teaching

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

Current teaching: Urban Vegetation Ecology




at Research Gate


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.






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