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Prof. Anna Treydte

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Prof. Anna Treydte

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Prof. Anna is an Associate Professor in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management at the SABEM Department, School of Life Science and Bioengineering, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. She also holds an Adjunct Lecturer position (Privatdozentin) in Agroecology at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

Prof. Anna is the Deputy Leader for the World Bank funded Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES) in Food and
Nutrition Security at NM-AIST. She is also involved in our Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Incubation Centre, which deals with big data on environment, climate, agriculture and remote sensing imagery including drones.

Before joining NM-AIST, Prof. Anna has researched and lectured at the University of Hohenheim and has conducted various ecological post-doc projects in Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation at the University of Potsdam, Germany and Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya as well as at the Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Prof. Anna has also worked as a consultant in various climate-change related projects funded by BMZ / GIZ projects on drought resilience and Prosopisspp. invasion in the Afar region, Ethiopia. She was a Humboldt fellow from 2011 to 2013 on a Feodor- Lynen stipend, which she conducted at the Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA as well as in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Prof. Anna’s overarching research questions are: What drives land degradation and biodiversity declines in and around cultivated and protected landscapes? How do plants and animals respond to these phenomena? How can we sustainably use our natural resources and their ecosystem services and functions? Her research is situated at the interface between human agricultural and infrastructure activities and the natural processes occurring in protected/undisturbed areas. Her research investigates and strives to design our future human-dominated landscapes for potential livelihood benefits and productivity gains without compromising on natural biodiversity.

Her current and future research activities focus on how human land use and climate change affect our natural resources, i.e., the ecosystem services and functions deriving from biodiversity.

Prof. Anna has been the main supervisor for more than 20 PhD, MSc and BSc students and has taught various interdisciplinary and international courses. Her research projects address the management of
invasive plant species, landscape design to protect large mammalian herbivore movement patterns and reduce conflicts with humans, as well as addressing rangeland degradation through a healthy woody-
grassy vegetation balance. Prof. Anna has been a mentor for various young academicians globally and has participated in many events promoting women in science (e.g., Soapbox Science initiatives in Africa, AWARD – African Women in Agricultural Research and Development, African Academy of Science etc.).