Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Lea-Deborah Kolb
Name: Lea-Deborah Kolb (Germany)

Biodiversity and People

Flag Germany
Research topic

How does the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) influence farmers decisions and shape landscapes? For this question, I perform so called agent-based simulations. They will project farm economics and maps of potential landscapes - and we will evaluate which policy interventions pays off most - for farmers and biodiversity.

At UFZ since

March 2022

How did you learn about the UFZ?

Two UFZ-professors taught in my Master's programme at University Osnabrück. I studied environmental systems and resources management.

Why did you come to the UFZ?

Primarily, because of a PhD position that fits my interests and my competencies very well. Luckily, I find myself in an environment with researchers with a lot of expertise in my topic, although I consider it quite niche. But secondly, because of Leipzig. I have known Leipzig since I was a child because I have family here.

What do you like about the city you live in?

I do enjoy the broad self-organized culture. For example, I am passionate about acrobatics and there is quite a community here.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

One part of the week, I work in a building that is not exclusively UFZ - the iDiv in Leipzig (German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research). And that's a very new and friendly building, with a lot of open meeting spaces and bright colors. At UFZ main campus Leipzig, I can work in the modelling department OESA, and there I like the collegiality. Oh and I enjoy the carefully planted UFZ campus. The graduate school is a good support structure - the best course I have taken was the hybrid journal club at the Hydrologist department at Magdeburg.

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Relaxing with my flatmates, going to music and art events, and various sports.