Susanne Butschkau, M.Sc.

  • Conservation Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Nutritional Ecology
  • Biodiversity Sciences

As an undergraduate student I became fascinated by the enormous diversity of ecological research. I therefore specialised my Bachelor studies into organismic Biology and did a Master in Biology with a specialisation in Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology. I saw the importance of combining molecular ecology with bioinformatics and deepened my knowledge by studying the diet of Nyctalus noctula using DNA-metabarcoding as part of my Master thesis.

During my PhD at the Technical University of Munich, I will focus on the interactions between wild bees and plants and how different land use intensities influence both, plant and bee diversity. This work will include two fieldwork seasons within the experimental plots of the Biodiversity Exploratories. The aim of this project (MacroBEEs) is to use field observation data and pollen metabarcoding data to describe bee-plant interaction networks and to better understand their foraging choices. 





04/2020 - present: PhD student, Plant-Insect-Interactions, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich

06/2019 - 04/2020: Technical Assistant at AIM - Advanced Identification Methods GmbH

10/2016 - 04/2019: Master of Science in Biology with a specialisation in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

10/2012 - 10/2016: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialisation in organismic Biology





Ulrike H. Taron, Isabel Salado, Mariana Escobar-Rodríguez, Michael V. Westbury, Susanne Butschkau, Johanna L. A. Paijmans, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Michael Hofreiter, Jennifer A. Leonard (2021) A sliver of the past: The decimation of the genetic diversity of the Mexican wolf. Molecular Ecology 2021;00:1–17. DOI: 10.1111/mec.16073