Elija Bleher is the Coordinator of the MICMoR Research School, a graduate program on “Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions – Research at Atmosphere-Biosphere-Pedo-/Hydrosphere Interfaces”, which is based at IMK-IFU and funded by the Helmholtz Association.
Elija is also responsible for the support of IMK-IFU’s PhD students and early-career researchers: she organizes and runs the IFU PhD Seminar and provides coaching in various soft skills such as, e.g., presentation techniques, writing scientific papers etc. She provides information and support with regard to funding opportunities, grant writing, training opportunities, and postdoc positions.
She supports IMK-IFU’s scientists in management responsibilities, such as, e.g. in the organization and coordination of research projects, in project representation and negotiations with partners at national and international workshops (e.g. WASCAL project, Westafrica), in grant writing, in the organization and coordination of workshops and conferences (e.g., Local Organizing Committee of the 3rd iLEAPS Science Conference 2011) and she takes editorial responsibility, e.g., for project proposals (MICMoR, WASCAL), flyers and websites.
Elija received her Diploma in Biology at the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen and her PhD at RWTH Aachen with her thesis work focusing on "Seed dispersal & frugivory: ecological consequences for tree populations & bird communities". She thus comes from an ecological background with many years of research and field experience in Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Uganda) and many respective publications and presentations. Her research focused on plant-animal-interactions (especially seed dispersal) and how these interactions are influenced by forest fragmentation and human disturbance.
Selected Publications & Presentations (PDF)