Dr. Thora Martina Herrmann

Deputy Head of Department

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig




Thora Herrmann
©photo credit: Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier

Research Interests

I study the social-cultural dimensions of human-environment interactions, focusing on the impacts of climate and socio-environmental changes on local and Indigenous societies, the place-people relationships, and the forms of values, knowledge and use practices of biodiversity by societies. I am also working on the protection of plant and animal species by integrating biological, ecological and socio-cultural dimensions (biocultural approach to conservation). My research focuses on experiences of citizen science. Currently I am coordinating the development of the German Citizen Science Strategy 2030.
In my projects, I use participatory action research methods, such as filmmaking, photovoice, and interactive participatory mapping. I contributed to several documentary films.

Scientific Career

since 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig


Scientific Project Leader, Deutsch-Französisches Zukunftswerk/ Forum pour l'avenir franco-allemand, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

2005 - 2020

Assistant Professor (2005-2011) & Associate Professor (2011-2020), Université de Montréal, Département de géographie, Montréal, Canada

2004 - 2005

Associate Expert, United Nations, UNDESA, SIDS-Unit, New York City, USA


DPhil in Geography, University of Oxford (UK), School of Geography & Environmental Change Institute


DEA Temps, Espaces, Sociétés: Gestion de la Biodiversité et développement durable, Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne (France)



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2021 (1)

  • Bonn, A., Herrmann, T.M., Brink, W., Hecker, S., Liedtke, C., Premke-Kraus, M., Voigt-Heucke, S., von Gönner, J., Altmann, C., Bauhus, W., Bengtsson, L., Büermann, A., Brandt, M., Bruckermann, T., Dietrich, P., Dörler, D., Eich-Brod, R., Eichinger, M., Ferschinger, L., Freyberg, L., Grützner, A., Hammel, G., Heigl, F., Heyen, N.B., Hölker, F., Johannsen, C., Kiefer, S., Klan, F., Kluttig, T., Kluß, T., Knapp, V., Knobloch, J., Koop, M., Lorke, J., Mortega, K., Munke, M., Pathe, C., Richter, A., Schumann, A., Soßdorf, A., Stämpfli, T., Sturm, U., Thiel, C., Tönsmann, S., Valentin, A., van den Bogaert, V., Wagenknecht, K., Wegener, R., Woll, S., (2021):
    Weißbuch Citizen-Science-Strategie 2030 für Deutschland
    Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Universitäten und außeruniversitäre Einrichtungen, Leipzig, Berlin, 150 S.
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Further Publications

  • Joliet, F., Chanteloup, L., & Herrmann, T.M. (2021). Adolescences et identité en territoire inuit: introspections filmées. Espace populations sociétés. Space populations societies, (2020/3-2021/1). [Online], https://doi.org/10.4000/eps.10986
  • Lamalice, A., Herrmann, T. M., Rioux, S., Granger, A., Blangy, S., Macé, M., & Coxam, V. (2020). Imagined foodways: social and spatial representations of an Inuit food system in transition. Polar Geography, 43(4), 333-350.
  • Herrmann, T. M., Lamalice, A., & Coxam, V. (2020). Tackling the question of micronutrients intake as one of the main levers in terms of Inuit food security. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, 23(1), 59-63.
  • Hossain, K., Nilsson, L. M., & Herrmann, T. M. (Eds.). (2020). Food Security in the High North: Contemporary Challenges Across the Circumpolar Region. Routledge.
  • Crête, G., Herrmann, T. M., Fortin, C., & Schüttler, E. (2020). Public perceptions of non-native plant species on a Chilean sub-Antarctic island. Polar Geography, 43(1), 46-63.
  • Bonamy, M., Herrmann, T. M., & Harbicht, A. B. (2020). ‘I think it is the toughest animal in the North’: human-wolverine interactions among hunters and trappers in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Polar Geography, 43(1), 1-24.
  • Bonamy, M., Harbicht, A. B., Herrmann, T. M., & Gagnon, C. (2020). Public opinion toward a misunderstood predator: what do people really know about wolverine and can educational programs promote its conservation?. Ecoscience, 27(2), 77-92.
  • Decaulne, A., Joliet, F., Chanteloup, L., Herrmann, T., Bhiry, N., & Haillot, D. (2020). Vers une démarche scientifique intégrative: l'exemple de l'Observatoire Hommes-milieux du Nunavik (Canada). Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science. https://doi.org/10.18713/JIMIS-120620-6-5
  • Chanteloup, L., Joliet, F., & Herrmann, T. M. (2019). Learning and insights from a participatory photography project with Cree and Inuit about the land (Nunavik, Canada). Polar Geography, 42(2), 125-143.
  • Gergaud, S., Herrmann, T.M. (Eds.) 2019. Cinémas autochtones, des representations en mouvements. GITPA & L’Harmattan, collection “Questions autochtones”, Paris, 364 p.
  • Gérin-Lajoie, J., Herrmann, T. M., MacMillan, G. A., Hébert-Houle, É., Monfette, M., Rowell, J. A., ... & Dedieu, J. P. (2018). IMALIRIJIIT: a community-based environmental monitoring program in the George River watershed, Nunavik, Canada. Écoscience, 25(4), 381-399.
  • Rapinski, M., Payette, F., Sonnentag, O., Herrmann, T. M., Royer, M. J. S., Cuerrier, A., ... & Guanish, G. (2018). Listening to Inuit and Naskapi peoples in the eastern Canadian Subarctic: a quantitative comparison of local observations with gridded climate data. Regional environmental change, 18(1), 189-203.
  • Chanteloup, L., Joliet, F., & Herrmann, T. M. (2018). The environment of the Nunavimmiut as seen through their own eyes. Ecoscience, 25(4), 359-379.
  • Lamalice, A., Haillot, D., Lamontagne, M. A., Herrmann, T. M., Gibout, S., Blangy, S., ... & Courchesne, F. (2018). Building food security in the Canadian Arctic through the development of sustainable community greenhouses and gardening. Écoscience, 25(4), 325-341.
  • Boulanger‐Lapointe, N., Järvinen, A., Partanen, R., & Herrmann, T. M. (2017). Climate and herbivore influence on Vaccinium myrtillus over the last 40 years in northwest Lapland, Finland. Ecosphere, 8(1), e01654.
  • Heinämäki, L., & Herrmann, T. (2017). Experiencing and Protecting Sacred Natural Sites of Sámi and other Indigenous Peoples. Cham: Springer Polar Sciences. Springer.
    Brammer, J. R., Brunet, N. D., Burton, A. C., Cuerrier, A., Danielsen, F., Dewan, K., ... & Humphries, M. M. (2016). The role of digital data entry in participatory environmental monitoring. Conservation Biology, 30(6), 1277-1287.
  • Herrmann, T. M., Schüttler, E., Benavides, P., Gálvez, N., Söhn, L., & Palomo, N. (2013). Values, animal symbolism, and human-animal relationships associated to two threatened felids in Mapuche and Chilean local narratives. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 9(1), 1-15.
  • Royer, M. J. S., Herrmann, T. M., Sonnentag, O., Fortier, D., Delusca, K., & Cuciurean, R. (2013). Linking Cree hunters’ and scientific observations of changing inland ice and meteorological conditions in the subarctic eastern James Bay region, Canada. Climatic change, 119(3), 719-732.