Understanding the interrelationships of ecosystems - New professorship for Urban Productive Ecosystems at the TUM School of Life Sciences

Since the 1st of October 2020, Monika Egerer is a professor at the TUM School of Life Sciences at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at Freising- Weihenstephan. She researches urban productive ecosystems.

Monika Egerer, new professor for Urban Productive Ecosystems at the TUM School of Life Sciences

Monika Egerer, new professor for Urban Productive Ecosystems at the TUM School of Life Sciences (Picture: Felix Noak).

Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer conducts research on production-oriented ecosystems in cities and urban regions, especially in the fields of urban agriculture, horticulture, and forestry.  She pursues an interdisciplinary approach that analyses links between biodiversity conservation, environmental and climate protection, ecosystem services, and socio-ecological aspects in urban agro-ecosystems.  Her focus is on the distribution of insects and plants, and the role they play in the biodiversity of urban ecosystems, often also in the context of climate change.

Production-oriented ecosystems - despite their manifold interrelationships - are currently still largely considered in isolation.  With the new professorship, ecological as well as social and economic aspects are now included in ecosystem research.  Thus, the fields of agriculture, forestry horticulture, and urban planning can be interrelated in terms of content.

“I am looking forward to bringing my passion for research and teaching to the TUM.  The interdisciplinary environment is ideal for developing a strong research program that supports the understanding of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being in our urban regions,” says Ms. Egerer.

Monika Egerer was born in the USA, and received Doctorate degree  in Environmental Studies form the University of California.  After several research stays in Australia, she joined the institute of Ecology at the Technical University of Berlin as a post-doctoral fellow in 2019.

The 29 year old scientist is one of several professors who have been newly appointed since 2019 with the aim of strengthening the agricultural sector of the TUM School of Life Sciences.

Editing:
Susanne Neumann
TUM School of Life Sciences
Public Relations
E-Mail: susanne.neumann[at]tum.de
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Scientific Contact:
Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer
TUM School of Life Sciences
Professorship for Urban Productive Ecosystems
E-Mail: monika.egerer[at]tum.de