Dipl.-Biol. Kevin Frank
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- 05/2014-present: PhD position at the Departement of Biology (workgroup “Ecological Networks”, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) Project: “Dungwebs” (part of the research program "Biodiversity-Exploratories”) Supervisors: Prof. Dr. N. Blüthgen (Dept. of Biology, TU Darmstadt, Germany) & Prof. Dr. T. Schmitt (Dept. of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biozentrum Universität Würzburg, Germany)
- 04/2013-01/2014: Research Associate (workgroup of Prof. Dr. N. Blüthgen (Ecological Networks, Dept. of Biology, TU Darmstadt))
- 03/2013: Diploma in Biology at the workgroup “Ecological Networks”, Technische Universität Darmstadt (Prof. Dr. N. Blüthgen) about the “Effects of Temperature on Herbivory and Respiration of Orthoptera”
- 10/2006-03/2013: Student of biology at Technische Universität Darmstadt (special subjects: Ecology, Zoology, Applied Plant Sciences)
Currently I am working on a doctoral thesis referring to the DFG (German Research Foundation) research program “Exploratories for large-scale and long-term functional biodiversity”. Aim of my studies is to focus on land-use responses of dung beetle communities and their ecosystem services (Project “Dungwebs”).
Because of an ongoing global change our ecosytems is subject to constant changes. Therefore, I am very interested in how abiotic and biotic factors affect different species. Getting to know how factors such as temperature may affect species on different levels (e.g. interactions, behaviour or metabolism) helps us to understand the influences on biodiversity.
Following this, I think it is both extremely interesting and necessary to answer questions like how the effects of human disturbance (e.g. land-use or forest management) affect biodiversity on a community level or a species itself.