Research Officer / Data Scientist 'Spatial Interaction Ecology'
Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ/
German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 341 9733210
DEVELOPING AUTOMATED TOOLS FOR DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION OF INSECT POLLINATORS
Pollination is critical to many ecosystem services, such as the maintenance of biodiversity and human nutrition. Addressing how plant-pollinator interactions change across environmental gradients requires quantifying pollinator visitation.
However, we are limited by the available tools. Ecologists typically observe pollinators in the field, record the species identity of the easily distinguished individuals, and collect with a net the remaining individuals so that they can be later identified to species in the lab. This is labor and time-intensive.
The goal of this research is to develop an automated camera system capable of detecting and identifying insect pollinators to the lowest possible taxonomic level (order > family > genus > species). The purpose of the AI tools is to advance the field of pollination ecology by eliminating the time-consuming identification step that currently limits our ability to acquire data for broad-scale questions.
01/2021 - present:
Research Officer / Data Scientist in the Research Group Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.
05/2022 - 07/2022
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Research stay funded by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA).
06/2016 - 12/2020
Scientific programmer in the Research Group Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.
07/2015 - 11/2015
Trainee: European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy;
04/2014 - 09/2014
Trainee: European Forest Institute, Nancy, France
08/2013 - 09/2013
Research assistant: University of Göttingen, Germany;
01/2013 - 02/2013
Research assistant: HNE Eberswalde, Germany
03/2012 - 06/2012
Intern: Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
09/2011 - 12/2011
Forestry consultant: S.C. Forest Design S.R.L., Brașov, Romania
07/2010 - 07/2011
Forestry consultant: Global Forest Care S.A., Brașov, Romania
Master of Science “Forest Information Technology”, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany & Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland.
2006 - 2010
Bachelor of Science in Forest science and engineering, "Transilvania" University of Brașov, Romania, Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering.