Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Aletta Bonn

Head of the department

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig

Aletta Bonn

Research Interests

I am interested in ecosystem services and biodiversity research. I work in the fields of participatory conservation, global change and knowledge management and relish the challenges at the science-policy interface.
Having worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and in several ecosystem assessments, I value opportunities for joint working with experts from society and science to arrive at societally relevant biodiversity and ecosystem service research.

My research focusses on

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem service trend analyses
  • Telecoupling of ecosystem service interregional flows in socio-ecological systems
  • Biodiversity - ecosystem services – human health links
  • Citizen science for biodiversity and ecosystem service research

Scientific Career

since 2014

Joint Appointments
Professor, Head of Department Ecosystem Services
Helmholtz - Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ , Leipzig
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
German Centre for Integrative Bioidiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2012 - 2014

Research Fellow, Department of Economics,
Helmholtz - Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ , Leipzig

2012 - 2013

Research Fellow, Institute of Biology, Plant Ecology,
Freie Universität Berlin

2009 - 2012

Research Manager
IUCN UK Peatland Programme  

2010 - 2011

Visiting Fellow, Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU)

2003 - 2012

Honorary Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK

2003 - 2009

Research Manager, Peak District National Park, UK

2001 - 2003

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Sheffield, Biodiversity and Macroecology Group, KJ Gaston

1997 - 2000

PhD in conservation biology, Technische Universität Braunschweig
(Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt PhD grant)

1996 - 1997

Researcher, Technische Universität Braunschweig


Biology Diplom, Technische Universität Braunschweig


M.Sc. Marine Environmental Protection (DAAD grant)
University of Wales, Bangor, UK


Biology & English Vordiplom / Zwischenprüfung
Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2014 Member, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission of Ecosystem Management
Since 2014 Chair of IPBES working group of Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ); Lead Author, IPBES assessment ‘Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment’ and review editor for IPBES ‘Catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies’
Since 2014 Founding Directorate Board member, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA); Lead PI for Development of Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany
2015 - 2016 Associate Member, German Committee for Sustainability in Future Earth (DKN Future Earth)
Since 2016 Member British Ecological Society meetings committee
Since 2017 Member, Advisory Board, German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio)



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Further Publications

Lorenz, S., Stadler, J., Korn, H., Kabisch, N., Mantel, M., Braubach, M., Brodner, B., Cortinovis, C., Gatting, S., Hagenau, C., Hamelmann, C., Heiland, S., Lovell, R., Martens, D., Mues, A.W., Nahm, H., Scheer, M., Schmauck, S., Treudler, R., Marselle, M. & Bonn, A. (2017) Urban Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change – Opportunities, challenges and evidence gaps – towards management and policy recommendations. European Expert Workshop Report, Vilm, 05-06 October 2016. . pp. 55. Federal Agency of Conservation (BfN). Vilmworksphop_gesamt.pdf

Pe‘er, G., Lakner, S., Müller, R., Passoni, G., Bontzorlos, V., Clough, D., Moreira, F., Azam, C., Berger, J., Bezak, P., Bonn, A., Hansjürgens, B., Hartmann, L., Kleemann, J., Lomba, A., Sahrbacher, A., Schindler, S., Schleyer, C., Schmidt, J., Schüler, S., Sirami, C., von Meyer-Höfer, M. & Zinngrebe, Y. (2017) Is the CAP fit for purpose? An evidence-based fitness check assessment. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig. peer_et_al_2017_cap_fitness_check_final_20-11.pdf