Erik Kusch
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Research Profile
I am a macroecologist specialised in remote sensing applications and spatio-temporal analyses of biodiversity dynamics. I use
quantitative tools to research ecosystem resilience, vegetation dynamics, and patterns of landscape-scale biodiversity to understand
past, present, and future trajectories of natural ecosystems.
Education
PhD in Biology; Specialisation on Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity
Aarhus, Denmark
Oxford, United Kingdom
    01/2020 - PRESENT
Species association and interaction networks;
Extinction debt consequences
7th Edition Species Distribution Modelling Course Évora, Portugal
     26/04/2021 - 02/05/2021
Theoretical underpinnings of ecological niche models
Strengths and limitations of ecological niche models in the context of dierent uses
Design an ecological niche modelling study for a variety of uses
Ecological niche modelling using SDM R.
Modelling Challenges for Mountain Ecosystems Hamburg, Germany
   23/02/2020 - 28/02/2020
Addressing issues of limited data availability, data bias of unknown magnitude, poor availability of ref-
erence studies
Statistical Modelling of Climate Parameters
Modelling the Ecological Niche of a Treeline Species.
M.Sc. in Biology; Specialisation on Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution Bergen, Norway
    08/2017 - 08/2019
08/2019 Graduation from UiB (M.Sc., overall grade: A)
08/2018 - 07/2019 Masters Thesis at UiB & Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center:
”Inferring Vegetation Memory from Remote Sensing Data and identifying Causal
Links to Plant Function (grade: First/A)
Plant Functional Traits Course 3 Wayquecha Biological Station, Peru
        08/03/2018 - 24/03/2018
Introduction to plant functional trait based ecology;
Collecting plant functional trait data in the field;
Developing data management skills;
Assessing the impact of fire regimes on the Puna grasslands of the Peruvian Andes
Bayesian Modelling Summer School Lygra, Norway
      25/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
Introduction to the concepts of Bayesian statistics (priors, likelihoods, etc.);
Sampling methods (Markov Chain Monte Carlo, rejection sampling, etc.);
Bayesian modelling and hierarchical Bayesian models
B.Sc. in Biology Dresden, Germany / Bergen, Norway
        10/2013 - 07/2017
07/2017 Graduation from TUD (Diploma/B.Sc., overall grade: 1.7)
09/2016 - 02/2017 Bachelors Thesis at UiB (via ERASMUS):
”Remote Sensing And Predicting Shis In Biome Distribution And Resilience Using
NDVI Data” (grade: First/A)
08/2015 - 12/2015 Studies at UiB (via ERASMUS)
      
Experience
Research station co-manager Scoraig, Scotland
       06/2019 - PRESENT
Scientific consultant/advisor for selected course activities on-sight
Visitor introduction and orientation
Visitor management
Outreach to local communities
Research station maintenance
Converting cro to research station
Research fellow Bergen, Norway
         09/2019 - 12/2019
Global dryland vegetation memory research
Funded via Fast-Track-Initiative programme (see Honours & Awards)
Research and Teaching Assistant Leipzig, Germany
       08/2017 - 08/2019; 03/2017 - 04/2017
Analysing primate odour profiles
Assessing a variety of statistical methods for analytical power in identifying odour eects
Generating data with various implemented odour eects on which to test the methods
Research and Outreach Assistant Nagata/Inuyama, Japan
      07/2018
Collecting faecal & recording behaviour samples of Japanese macaques
Analysing behavioural interactions via network analyses
Creating a text-based adventure game about behavioural studies
Research Assistant Wilhelmshaven, Germany
         05/2017 - 07/2017
Sorting benthos samples and meiofauna taxa
Researching trophic networks between Antarctic meio- and macrobenthos over time via stable isotope analyses
Student Assistant Dresden, Germany
      05/2016 - 08/2016; 02/2015 - 08/2015
Mapping distribution of moss species throughout the Elbsandsteingebirge
Student Assistant Dresden, Germany
      04/2016 - 05/2016; 11/2013 - 08/2015
Restructuring the collection & carrying out a regular stocktaking
Ranger & Tour Guide Saxony, Germany
    04/2016 - 06/2016
Conducting programmes concerning environmental and biodiversity education
      
Teaching & Supervision Activity
Author & Lecturer: Excursions into Biostatistics GitHub Repository
 
A diverse range of talks concerning biostatistics including (but not limited to) overviews of classification and regression methods as
well as their application in R, statistical significance and the p-value conundrum, model selection and validation, coding practices, and
basic statistical terminology.
Author & Lecturer: An Introduction to Biostatistics Using R GitHub Repository
 
An introductory biostatistics course for undergraduate and graduate students consisting of 13 lectures which provide an overview of
the fundamentals of basic biostatistical methods and their application in R. The theoretical aspects of the course series are
supplemented with hands-on exercises on a simulated data set of house sparrow morphology across the globe to simulate a coherent
research project throughout the duration of the course.
Teaching Assistant Aarhus University
  22/03/2021 - 14/05/2021
Assistance for B.Sc. students in solving exercises in the R and RCommander soware environments
Teaching Assistant Aarhus University
    03/09/2020 - 18/12/2020
Assistance for M.Sc. students in solving exercises in the R soware environment
Grading of student assignments
Teaching Assistant Aarhus University
   27/10/2020 - 18/12/2020
Assistance for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students in solving exercises pertaining to GIS soware
Grading of student assignments
Author Aarhus University
      
Project resources for biome classification analyses from NDVI data
RMarkdown introductions to spatial ecology & k-cluster analyses
Instructor & Advisor Aarhus University
     03/02/2021 - 05/05/2021
Feedback to student presentations
Resources, presentations, and advisorship concerning biostatistics
Arrangements for invited speaker presentations
Extracurricular Activity
Member: Statistics Journal Club Glasgow, Scotland
   10/03/2021 - PRESENT
Discussion of recent publications in the field of biostatistics
Member: Spatial Shared-Interest Group Glasgow, Scotland
   10/03/2021 - PRESENT
Discussion of recent publications, methodological developments, and ongoing research in the field of spatial ecology
      
Leader: AU Bayes Study Group Aarhus, Denmark
  19/11/2020 - PRESENT
Introduction to the concepts of Bayesian statistics (priors, likelihoods, etc.)
Sampling methods (Markov Chain Monte Carlo, rejection sampling, etc.)
Bayesian modelling and hierarchical Bayesian models
Using published literature as tutorials
Member: Bayes Study Group Bergen, Norway
   09/2018 - 12/2019
Understanding Bayesian statistics in theory and practice
Using published literature as tutorials
Member: EECRG Reading Group Bergen, Norway
   10/2017 - 12/2019
Proof-reading other students’/researchers’ writing
Providing own writing to be proof-read
Tutor: BiOrakel Team Bergen, Norway
          08/2017 - 07/2018
Answering study-topic related questions from students
Tutoring students on how to use statistical programmes
Explaining how to do proper referencing
Core Member: Students Council of Biology Studies at the TUD Dresden, Germany
    10/2013 - 10/2015
Student coordinator of exchange programs
Honours & Grants & Awards
 
 Scholarship for Academically Excellent Students,     Aarhus, Denmark
 Funding for Particularly Talented Students,    Bergen, Norway
 Fast-Track-Initiative Funding,   Bergen, Norway


Project Grant,    Bergen, Norway


Scholarship,         Bonn, Germany

 Best Poster: Student and Early Career Researcher,      Salzburg, Austria
 Modeller’s Choice Poster Award,      Salzburg, Austria
Talks
KrigR - The R Package
Hamburg, Germany
Sydney, Australia
   
25/03/2021
26/03/2021
Introducing the KrigR R Package
Era5(-Land) download functionality
Geostatistical downscaling (kriging) of spatial products
      
KrigR - Climate Data For Your Spatial Study
Oxford, United Kingdom
Sydney, Australia
      
     
18/06/2020
25/06/2020
Introducing the KrigR R Package
Climate data products
Era5(-Land) download functionality
Geostatistical downscaling (kriging) of spatial products
Kriging pitfalls and recommendations
Remote Sensing Vegetation Memory as a Proxy of Resilience and Demographies Oxford, United Kingdom
       16/10/2019
Linking resilience components and vegetation memory
Using state-of-the-art climate reanalysis data sets
Global generalisations of vegetation memory across dryland regions
Linking remote sensed resilience proxies of vegetation communities with vegetation demography
Identifying ecological-memory patterns in drylands using remote sensing and
state-of-the-art climate-reanalysis products
Oxford, United Kingdom
Salzburg, Austria
Aarhus, Denmark
       
       
         
15/10/2019
04/10/2019
06/09/2019
Use of statistical downscaling approaches of state-of-the art climate reanalysis products in macroecolgy
Metric of cross-community vegetation resilience expressed through vegetation memory patterns
Rmarkdown - Manuscript Workflow Revisited Leipzig, Germany
       18/06/2019
Introduction to Rmarkdown and its capabilities
Latex-based compilation of manuscripts and R codes via Rmarkdown
Statistical Significance in Biology - Conventions, Abstractions, and the Future Leipzig, Germany
        18/06/2019
Overview to the reproducibility crisis in contemporary research
Guidelines to proper statistical conduct in biological sciences
Spatial Patterns of Plant Performance Bergen, Norway
      15/03/2019
Metrics of plant performance through time-series analyses
Explaining plant response to climate events through ecosystem function
Inferring Vegetation Memory from Remote Sensing Data Glasgow, Scotland
        09/01/2019
Use of state-of-the art climate reanalysis products in macroecolgy
Spatio-temporal approaches to ecosystem resilience through vegetation memory on regional scales
Aktivurlaub als Hämophilie-Patient Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
           03/03/2015
Why to keep active as a haemophilia patient
How to organise travels as a haemophiliac
Recommendations of activities that are permissible for haemophiliacs
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Posters
Intrinsic vegetation memory as a proxy of engineering resilience may be an
oversimplification
Bergen, Norway
Salzburg, Austria
Sydney, Australia
           
          
        
16/09/2019
03/10/2019
25/06/2020
Understanding resilience components through vegetation memory characteristics
Using state-of-the-art climate reanalysis data sets
Making policy decisions based on vegetation memory
The role of meiofauna in benthic functioning - a question of time
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Rostock, Germany
         03/2018
Research considering trophic networks between Antarctic meio- and macrobenthos over time via stable isotope analyses
Memberships and Ailiations
· Research Collaborator with the SalGo Team at Oxford University
· Research Station Co-Manager with Spatial and Population Ecology, University of Glasgow
· Member of the International Society For Ecological Modelling (ISEM)
· Member of the International Biogeography Society (IBS)
· Alumni of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiung des deutschen Volkes)
· Member of the British Ecological Society (BES)
· Member of the German Hemophilia Association (DHG)
· Member of the DNT Norge (Norwegian Trekking Association)
· Member of the International Youth Hostelling Organization (DJH)
Activities and Interests
· Hiking and mountaineering
· Rock climbing
· Sports (endurance and strength training)
· Photography
· Archery
· Choir singing
References
References are available on request.
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