Sarah Le Berre, PhD Student

Professional Address

Universität Augsburg
Alter Postweg 118, Institut für Geographie
86159, Augsburg (Germany)

Academic background

  • 2023 – now : Ph. D. in Forest and disturbance modelling (Augsburg University, Germany)
  • 2020 – 2022 : M. Sc. in Biology (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • 2020 – 2022 : M. Sc. in Functional, behavioural and evolutionary ecology (Université de Rennes 1, France)
  • 2017 – 2020 : B. Sc in Biology and ecology (Université de Nantes, France)

Professional experience

  • 08.2022 – 11.2022 : GIS Analyst for Rewilding Apennines
  • 07.2021 – 01.2022 : Master thesis internship – Rewilding Apennines (Italy)
    Topic : “Ensuring rewilding success in practice: A case study of the Marsican brown bear”
  • 03.2021 – 06.2021 : Master internship – Laboratoire EcoBio (France)
    Topic : “Optimum composition in sex and age of Barbary macaques in a reintroduction group accounting for a cost of release”
  • 04.2020 – 06.2020 : Bachelor internship – OSI Panthera (France)
    Topic : “Litterature review on the use of hair snares to collect DNA and individually identify felids with a focus on the snow leopard”
  • 10.2019 – 11.2019 : Bachelor internship – OSI Panthera (Nepal)
    Expedition for the monitoring of snow leopard populations in the Langtang Reserve

Area of expertise

Current themes : My thesis project aims at identifying forest refugia in the context of climate change and increased disturbances in Central European mountains using iLand. This study will combine inventories of current vegetation in three German and Austrian National Parks as well as downscaled climate scenarios to simulate the future of European forests and identify drivers of resistance against climate change. Different scenarios of increased disturbances (wind and bark beetles) will be tested to evaluate the resilience of refugia.

Keywords : Forest ecology, forest modelling, climate change, disturbance modelling, Central Europe, mountain ecosystems