About me

Contact information

Dr. Ulrike Schlägel
Institute of Biochemistry and Biology
University of Potsdam
Am Mühlenberg 3
14476 Potsdam - Golm
Phone: + 49 331 977 6263
Email: ulrike.schlaegel [at] uni-potsdam.de

In a nutshell

I have a passion for stats, math, ecology, nature in general and birds in particular. By now, I have managed to bring all of this together in my research and teaching, in various combinations.

I also have a passion for bicyles and biking but this is not part of my work. If you'd like to collaborate on this, please feel free to reach out. 🙂

Below you'll find a selection of the central aspects of my academic life.

Present position

since 2021   Head of junior research group (DFG Emmy Noether Programme)


2015   Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2008   Diplom in Mathematics, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

ERASMUS exchange, University of Edinburgh, UK, Sep 2005–May 2006

Past positions

2015–2020   Research associate, BioMove project, University of Potsdam, Germany

Jun–Sep 2015   DAAD Postdoctoral fellow (returning scientists programme), Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, and Department of Biological Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Jan–Jun 2009   Research assistant, Research Centre for Mathematical Modelling, Bielefeld University, Germany

And various teaching assistantships in mathematics (mostly at Uni Bielefeld, but also at University of Alberta)

Recent teaching

2022   Scientific basis of conservation biology
(BSc and MSc degree programs in life sciences)

2022   Ornithological half-day excursion
(BSc and MSc degree programs in life sciences)
Note to students: for upcoming dates check this page (likely April/May next year)

2018–2021   Statistical modelling: fitting models to data
(MSc Evolution, Ecology and Conservation)

2017   Theoretical Ecology part 1
(MSc Evolution, Ecology and Conservation)

I have further contributed to workshops for the research training group BioMove, including topics in movement ecology, community ecology (and their intersection) and ecological modelling.

Special ops

Scientific statt representative, Commission of Equal Opportunity, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta (since 2022)
Check out the faculty's offer for support for young researchers here.

Associated researcher of the BioMove research training group (since 2021)

Co-secretary, Special Interest Group "Movement Ecology" of the British Ecological Society (since 2019)