My research focusses on citizen science and biodiversity and I aim to better understand structures and functions of citizen science. To this end, I investigate social networks and motivation for involvement in citizen science. Further, I am interested in developing evaluation criteria for citizen science and testing the applicability of citizen science for e.g. the assessment of ecosystem services in protected areas. I am passionate about expanding citizen science as a concept and work with colleagues to assess synergies with education for sustainable development. To foster citizen science in Germany I have coordinated the development of the German Citizen Science strategy 2020 with a consortium of partners in the GEWISS capacity building programme. I am supervising BSc and MSc students and I am open to interdisciplinary research collaborations.
CV Anett Richter
Postdoctoral Researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deputy Head of the Department Ecosystem Services
|06/2013 - 07/2014||Researcher at the National Park Center Saxon- Switzerland, Saxon State Foundation Nature and Environment|
|07/2010 – 01/2011||Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Ecology, Innsbruck University, Austria|
|2005 - 2010||
PhD Applied Sciences
University of Canberra, Institute for Applied Ecology, Australia
Thesis: ‘What makes species vulnerable to extinction following habitat fragmentation and degradation? A test using the insect fauna in native temperate grassland in South-eastern Australia‘
|2000 - 2003||
MSc Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning
University for Applied Science Anhalt, Germany
Thesis: ‘Study of the population biology and conservation of the “FFH (Habitats directive) species” M. nausithous (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) in the surrounding area of Leipzig.`
Potential of Citizen Science and Models of Microfinance for Environmental Education and Education
This study developed of a policy paper with recommendations how to enhance potentials and funding Citizen Science through the integration of citizen science in environmental education and communication.
To derive this finding collaboratively, we conducted participatory workshops and interviews with expert from NGOs, agencies and microfinancing organizations.
Funding: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Historical Ecosystem Services on Natural Heritage Sites
As an interdisciplinary team (researchers from history, cultural heritage and natural science) we investigate how ecosystem services have changed over time under the consideration of landscape and land use changes during the past 150 years. On this basis, we aim to better understand the current status of the areas and to create support for decisions on future sustainable development.
Funding: German Environment Trust (DBU)
“The transformative potentials of citizen science in education”
The citizen science project with focus on education, that I am co-supervising, develops a conceptual framework on the embeddedness of citizen science in education in Germany. We assesses within the project the benefits of the integration of citizen science in formal and non- formal education. The iDiv FlexPool funded project examines how participatory approaches strengthen the understanding of biodiversity as well as science, media and democracy competencies of high school students. We intend to work with schools in Leipzig.
Citizen Science: a concept beyond a method for data collection
With the end of the Capacity Building program “Citizens create knowledge- Knowledge creates citizens (
Kelly, R., A. Fleming, G. Pecl, A. Richter, and A. Bonn (2019) Social license through citizen science: a tool for marine conservation. Ecology and Society 24 (1): art.16.
Richter, A. (2018a) Capacity building in citizen science: insights from strategic development programs in Europe. Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy (eds S. Hecker, M. Haklay, A. Bowser, Z. Makuch, J. Vogel & A. Bonn), pp. 269-283. UCL Press, London.
Richter, A., Siebert, J. & Bonn, A. (2018b) Citizen Science - Gemeinsam Wissen schaffen! Laborjournal, 7-8, 35-37.
A. Richter et al. (2018): The social fabric of citizen science—drivers for long-term engagement in the German butterfly monitoring scheme. Journal of Insect Conservation 22:731-743.
Frigerio, D., Pipek, P., Kimmig, S., Winter, S., Melzheimer, J., Diblíková, L., Wachter, B., Richter, A., (2018): Citizen science and wildlife biology: Synergies and challenges Ethology 124 (6), 365 - 377
Turrini, T., Dörler, D., Richter, A., Heigl, F., Bonn, A., (2018): The threefold potential of environmental citizen science - generating knowledge, creating learning opportunities and enabling civic participation Biol. Conserv. 225 , 176 - 186
Richter, A., Dörler, D., Hecker, S., Heigl, F., Pettibone, L., Serrano Sanz, F., Vohland, K., Bonn, A., (2018): Capacity building in citizen science In: Hecker, S., Haklay, M., Bowser, A., Makuch, Z., Vogel, J., Bonn, A., (eds.) Citizen science: Innovation in open science, society and policy UCL Press, London, p. 269 - 283
Richter, A., Hecker, S., Liedtke, C., Bonn, A. (2018); Citizen Science in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft. Ergebnisse der Helmholtz Online-Umfrage Umfrageergebnisse_CS@Helmholtz.pdf (662.6 KB)
Capacity Building Citizen Science for Germany
I coordinated the “GEWISS” (BürGEr schaffen WISSen, or “Citizens create knowledge”) national capacity building program that was established to strengthen existing partnerships and competencies and to identify gaps and capacity needs for citizen science in Germany. As key output, the “Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany” was developed in collaboration with >700 participants from 350 organisations through a series of dialogue forums and an online consultation with over 1000 website visitors, 400 comments and 53 formal position papers submitted on the draft Strategy paper. Furthermore, citizen science guides and films were developed to strengthen citizen science capacities. The Strategy Paper resulted in the establishment of the first funding scheme for Cititzen Science in Germany by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) . The ”GEWISS” consortium fostered close joint working of the Helmholtz and the Leibniz Association, universities and other organisations in partnership with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), i.e. with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB), Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Freie Universität Berlin, Leibniz Research Alliance “Biodiversity” (LVB) and Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD).
“Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany” as input for a new citizen science funding programm by the Federal Ministry of Eductaion and Research (BMBF) - GEWISS_Strategie_DEU.pdf (1.4 MB) GEWISS_Strategie_ENG.pdf (1.4 MB)
German Federal President Joachim Gauck visit to ‘Woche der Umwelt’ citizen science expert forum
Organisation of >30 national workshops and events with partners (e.g. Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences, German Federal Environmental Foundation - DBU, Wikimedia, Europarc Deutschland, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology – KIT, Friends of the Earth - BUND, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union - NABU)
Citizen science resources with guides, video clips, training workshops and journal papers
Founding of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and organisation of the first European Citizen Science conference in Berlin, May 2016, with more than 360 participants from 30 countries, globally
Commissioned UFZ policy paper with recommendations for new citizen science funding programm for Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)
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RICHTER, A. (2017): Citizen Science und die Rolle von Museen. IN: Dörler, D., Heigl, F., & Sandén, T. (2017): Citizen Science - Expanding Horizons. Dritte Österreichische Citizen Science Konferenz 2017.www.citizen-science.at , Arbeitsgruppe Citizen Science, Institut für Zoologie, Department für
Integrative Biologie und Biodiversitätsforschung, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien.Taru Sandén, Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit. Online verfügbar unter: Konferenzbericht (466.1 KB)
RICHTER, A. & W. OSBORNE (2014): Temperate Grasslands: Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Conservation and Research Priorities for One of the World´s Most Threatened Exological Communities; in: Grassland Biodiversity and Conservation in a Changing World (MARIOTTE, P. & KARDOL P.)
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Temperate Grasslands: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 1_4 (883.7 KB)
Temperate Grasslands: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 2_4 (1.3 MB)
Temperate Grasslands: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 3_4 (1.1 MB)
Temperate Grasslands: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 4_4 (607 KB)
RICHTER, A., HNATIUK, S., ROWELL, A. & W. OSBORNE (2013): Moths in fragments. Insights into the biology and ecology of the Australian endangered Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana, Castniidae) in natural temperate and exotic grassland remnants. Journal of Insect Conservation 17: 1093-1104.
RICHTER, A., WEINHOLD, D., ROBERTSON, G., YOUNG, M., EDWSRDS, T., HNATIUK, S. & W. OSBORNE (2013): More than an empty case: a non invasive technique for monitoring the Australian critically endangered golden sun moth, Synemon plana (Lepidoptera: Castniidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 17: 529-536.
RICHTER, A., COOK, E & W. OSBORNE (2008): Where have all the beetles gone. Alarming response of coleopteran numbers to habitat fragmentation and drought in native grassland remnants in the ACT. Proceedings of the NPA ACT Symposium ‘Corridors for Survival in a Changing World’. May 2008, ISBN9780980285437
RICHTER, A. (2011): Effects of climate change on the host plant availability for the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana). Report to NCCARF National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Canberra. Australia.
RICHTER, A., OSBORNE, W. & M. TRAUGOTT (2011): Dietary specialisation in the Golden Sun Moth Synemon plana - the key to understanding habitat requirements and site rehabilitation for this critically endangered species. Final report to the Biodiversity Policy and Programs Branch Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. Canberra. Australia.
RICHTER, A., OSBORNE, W., ROBERTSON, G. & S.HNATIUK (2009): Community Monitoring of Golden Sun Moths in the Australian Capital Region, 2008-2009. Report submitted to the WWF Australia.
RICHTER, A. & W. OSBORNE (2009): Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana) at the Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station: Larval abundance and floristic composition and structure at contaminated sites in Natural Temperate Grassland. Report to the Australian Department of Defence, Canberra.