The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Dr. Livia Schäffler

Head of section Conservation Ecology at the Center for Biodiversity Monitoring
Research networks, international cooperation & science policy
Tel: +49 228 9122-352
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: [at]



Field of work

I am a population and community ecologist holding a PhD in “Biological Diversity and Ecology” and leading the section “Conservation Ecology” of the Center for Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Science (zbm) at the LIB Museum Koenig in Bonn. I have been actively involved in biodiversity research networks, coordinate international cooperation, and engage myself for nature conservation at the science-policy interface.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the occurrence of species over time, the spatial distribution of animal populations, the composition of ecological communities and the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss. My long-term focus is on the community ecology of lemurs and application-oriented research on biodiversity conservation in Madagascar. I have also carried out interdisciplinary research projects on the causes of insect decline in Germany.


Verband Biologie (VBIO), Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG), Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt, Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV), Bund Naturschutz (BUND), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)


DAAD scholarship - students exchange program with Duke University (North Carolina, USA)

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