Dr. Rajasekaran Murugan, Researcher

FOR2432-Project A01
Umweltchemie, Universität Kassel (

Dr. Sven Gönster, Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Sven Gönster did extensive research on nutrient cycles of different land use systems in Africa and Central Asia. He supports FOR2432 with his technical expertise and supervises the in situ analysis of soil characteristics by a novel sensor ("Geophilus").

FOR2432-Project A01
Ökologischer Pflanzenbau und Agrar-Ökosystemforschung in den Tropen und Subtropen,
Universität Kassel (

Sybille Lehmann, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project A02
Bodenkunde, Universität Kassel (

Dr. Daniel Uteau-Puschmann, Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Uteau-Puschmann started his research in forestry, turning to forest soils and finally doing his PhD in Soil Sciences at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kiel (Germany). He specialized in the field of water and gas transport in the vadose zone and in the rhizosphere. Now, as Assistant Professor at the University of Kassel (Germany), he continues specializing in the analysis of the pore network by means of X-ray computer tomography and image analysis.

FOR2432-Project A02
Bodenkunde, Universität Kassel (

Marion Reichenbach, Doctoral Researcher

Marion Reichenbach is an Animal Scientist interested in livestock production systems in the Tropics and Subtropics with emphasis on nutrition and physiology. Trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, where she specialized in pig and cattle production systems, her Master thesis addressed the problems associated with promoting a traditional cattle ranching system based on a local breed with a specific foraging strategy as a key element for achieving sustainable development of beef production in the Bolivian Dry Chaco. Her current research focus as doctoral researcher within the interdisciplinary framework of the DGF Research Unit FOR 2432 is the relevance of nutrient management for dairy production in an urbanizing environment. Embedded in the analysis of the social-ecological system of Bangalore, she will quantify resource use efficiency on dairy farms and thus, the impact of urbanization on intensity of production.

FOR2432-Project A03
Animal Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics, Universität Kassel & Universität Göttingen (

Ana Pinto, Doctoral Researcher

 Ana Pinto Garcia is an Agricultural Engineer specialized in Animal Production. She studied Agricultural Engineering at the University Politécnica of Madrid (Spain). She completed her MSc Thesis in Nutreco Company in The Netherlands. After that, she has been working the last 3 years in different experimental farms as a field technician conducting studies related to nutrition, behavior and animal welfare. Ana Pinto Garcia joined the FOR2432 Team to study the relevance of primary and functional traits for dairy cattle production in an urbanizing environment.

FOR2432-Project A03
Tierzüchtung, Universität Gießen (

Arne Wenzel, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project B01
Agrarökologie, Universität Göttingen (

Marco Sciani, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project B01
Ökosystemmodellierung, Universität Göttingen (

Johannes Bettin, Doctoral Researcher

Johannes Bettin holds a BA in Political Science & Economics from University of Jena, and an MA in Development Economics from University of Göttingen. He was a visiting Student at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) and Sciences Po (Paris), and had several internships, e.g. at Wuppertal Institute, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation Quito, German Embassy Bogotá, arche noVa e.V. (Dresden), Proyecto Horizonte e.V. (Cochabamba).

His PhD thesis in FOR2432 has a focus on Social-Ecological Preferences and Urbanization in India. He carries out surveys and choice experiments to explore preferences and decision-making towards pro-environmental behavior and the management of common pool resources, taking naturally available irrigation water as an example for regulating ecosystem service provision. The exploration is  framed within a motivational framework, with exogenous variation introduced by different kinds of urbanization, aiming at more general enquiries into the origins of social trust.

FOR2432-Project B02
Internationale Agrarökonomie, Universität Göttingen

Johannes Wegmann, Doctoral Researcher

Johannes Wegmann obtained his BA in International Economics and Development at the University of Bayreuth, and his MSc in Economics at the University of Cologne, with several months of fieldwork in Ghana, West Africa. He is interested in the interactions of spatial factors and opportunity costs.

In the context of FOR2432 his PhD project deals with preferences and decision-making behavior.

FOR2432-Project B02
Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre, Universität Göttingen (

Dr. Monish Jose, Postdoctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project B02
Internationale Agrarökonomie, Universität Göttingen (

Oliver-Ken Haase, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project B03
Landwirtschaftliche Marktlehre, Universität Göttingen (

Supriya Dayananda, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project C01
Grünlandwissenschaft und Nachwachsende Rohstoffe
Universität Kassel (

Dr. Thomas Möckel, Postdoctoral Scientist

FOR2432-Project C01
Grünlandwissenschaft und Nachwachsende Rohstoffe,
Universität Kassel (

Dr. Nils Nölke, Researcher

FOR2432-Project C02
Waldinventur und Fernerkundung, Universität Göttingen (

Sivee Chawla, Doctoral Resesarcher

FOR2432-Project C03
Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia (

Mirka Erler, Doctoral Researcher

Mirka Erler is a human geographer interested in sustainable nutrition and agriculture. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) and her Master of Science in Transformation of Urban Landscapes at RUB and Tongji University Shanghai, China. In her Master thesis she studied the demands of Shanghai’s citizens for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Comparing her findings with German CSA models, she drew conclusions for the implementation of such a project in Shanghai.

Her current research focus within the interdisciplinary framework of the DGF Research Unit FOR 2432 is the food transition of Bengaluru’s Middle Class and its implications for sustainability. As in her Master thesis she combines quantitative and qualitative methods.

FOR2432-Project C04
Humangeographie, Universität Göttingen (

Linda Steinhübel, Doctoral Researcher

Linda Steinhübel holds a B.Sc. in Biodiversity and Ecology from the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Afterwards she continued her studies in Göttingen and obtained her M.Sc. in Sustainable International Agriculture specializing on International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics. During her Master studies she spent one semester (ERASMUS) at the SupAgro in Montpellier and interned at the Laboratoire Montpelliérain d’Economie Théorique et Appliquée (LAMETA), a research group of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in France.

Her research in the FOR2432 group primarily focuses on dynamics of agricultural specialization, intensification, and commercialization in the rural-urban interface of Bangalore.

FOR2432-Project C05
Agrarpolitik, Universität Göttingen (

Stefanie Dietz, Doctoral Researcher

FOR2432-Project C05
Agrarpolitik, Universität Göttingen (

Dr. Debosree Bannerjee, Researcher

FOR2432-Project C05
Volkswirtschaftstheorie und Entwicklungsökonomik, Universität Göttingen (

Dr. Ellen Hoffmann, Coordinator

Dr. Ellen Hoffmann is affiliated with the work group “Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics” (OPATS) at the University of Kassel. A biologist by training, she has subsequently worked in the field of agricultural sciences, both as a researcher and a science manager. She coordinates FOR2432 and contributes to  the interdisciplinary discussion on system approaches, land use changes, and social-ecological dynamics  in the context of urbanization.

FOR2432-Project Z
Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften, Universität Kassel (