Websites and Print Media

The editorial office delivered the following media for its customers

Editorial services

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)

Continuous text and image editorial services of this mainly German website since 2013

http://www.gfbs-home.de

Chair Plant Biotechnology

Continuous editorial services: news, texts, and images in English and German since August 2016

www.plant-biotech.net

Phycology Section

Continuous German and English news, text, and image editorial services since 2005

www.dbg-phykologie.de/en/

International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

Online editorial services: 2017 - Mai 2018

www.IUBS.org

European FP7 Research Consortium MOSSclone

Continuous text and image editorial services 2012 - 2017

www.MOSSclone.eu

Websites

Spicy Science

German Website in responsive design in TYPO3

New texts, design, images, colour concept, continuous editorial services for my second business, in which a colleague and I train people in science communication (April 2018).

www.spicy-science.de 

Talentaria

German Website in responsive design in TYPO3

Conception, editorial work: texts and images, image selection, colour concept (June 2019).

www.Talentaria.de

International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

English Website in Responsive Design with CMS TYPO3

New texts, transfer of contents, new structure, editorial work: texts and images, transfer of contents, continuous editorial services (September 2017)

www.IUBS.org

Phycology Section

Relaunch bilingual website in responsive design in TYPO3

New texts and images, transfer of contents, new structure, bilingual website, intranet, continuous editorial services (November 2016) 

www.dbg-phykologie.de

Chair Plant Biotechnology

English Website with responsive design and in TYPO3

New texts, transfer of contents, new structure, editorial work: texts and images, transfer of contents, continuous editorial services (August 2016)

www.plant-biotech.net

TREASURE WATER Consortium

Multilingual website in responsive design in TYPO3

Development of new concept, editorial work: texts and images, colour scheme (April 2016)

Term of the consortium 2015 - 2019

www.treasure-water.eu

Together with programmers, I create websites in the content management system (CMS) TYPO3. I programmed my first website before the turn of the millennium, followed by an invitation of a pharmaceutical company that wanted to recruit me. I, however, decided to work freelance and stay in close contact with scientific biology and science communication.

The created websites are the basis for my continuous editorial services for several years.

Websites created so far

Newsletter

Tabebuia Bulletin of the DFG Research Unit 2730 (RESPECT)

English newsletter, 31 pages

7th issue (January 2020)

All eight projects of the German Research Consortium present latest research results:

  • Plant functional type (PFT) classification works in trees
  • New Dynamic Vegetation Model HUMBOLDT introduced
  • Evapotranspiration and net-ecosystem exchange compared
  • Optical trait dynamics for PFT’s
  • Soil properties of cloud forests and pastures
  • Root and foliar nitrogen concentrations at different elevations
  • Dynamics of long-term water consumption and stem diameter variations confirm tree functional types.
  • Why identification of seed diversity exudes detective flair
  • Integration of abiotic covariates, functional trait diversity and herbivory on the ecosystem level
  • New project receives funding

The Bulletin also covers latest improvements of the data warehouse and the research station in the tropical mountain forest in Ecuador.

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/for2730.cit.1817

Tabebuia Bulletin of the DFG Research Unit 2730 (RESPECT)

English newsletter, 21 pages

6th issue (February 2019)

The first Tabebuia Bulletin of our new Research Unit RESPECT summarizes the installation of our new plot system including the measuring devices and first verification of the newly established methods. First research achievements include the following aspects: plant functional types (PFT), water and carbon fluxes, tree above- and belowground traits, soil development, photosynthetic gas exchange measurements, abiotic covariates, functional trait diversity and herbivory, and optimization of biomass gain on pastures. Our Ecuadorian partner NCI reports advances in the establishment of newly protected areas and the Ecuador’s INABIO institution introduces itself. Videos of our previous research are available via our website and data warehouse, which now also offers new search features for publications as well as upload information.

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/for2730.cit.1736

Tabebuia Bulletin of the Monitoring and Research Platform | South Ecuador (MRp|SE) 

English newsletter, 21 pages

5th issue (October 2016)

Members of the German Research Consortium met two of their many obligations: They published another high-ranking, multi-author paper and summarized their research results in a booklet for knowledge transfer. The Coordinators also describe how the research stations will operate from now on and how research will continue in a new Research Unit after the official end of the present Research Consortium.
The Science News cover a plant-frugivore network analysis and progresses towards reliable and easy to measure indicators for biodiversity, climate change and land-use alternations in the tropical mountain rainforest, as well as pine-fungi relationships and carbon stocks in Pine plantations in the Paramo ecosystem.

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/pak823-825.cit.1510

Tabebuia Bulletin of the Monitoring and Research Platform | South Ecuador (MRp|SE)

English newsletter, 31 pages

4th issue (December 2015)

Science and Knowledge-Transfer news encompass

- first full-length paper on the competition between pasture grass (Setaria) and strong weed (bracken)
- how tree roots and the mycorrhiza fungi respond to nutrient manipulations
- in which way phosphate liberating soil enzymes depend on climatic conditions
- why the altitudinal gradient of tree assemblages disproved the general validity of the Tropical Conservatism Hypothesis.
- which measures are appropriate to determine daily carbon uptake in trees
- which tree functional types display different water relations in the dry forest
- how to create a soil map for remote or less accessible areas
- which sampling design for digital soil mapping closes the gap between the statistical desired quality of samples and operational applicability
- in which way the high resolution climate indicator system can be used to recognize climate change in southern Ecuador

Also: how workshops enthuse pupils with bird diversity and seed dispersal, teach science-directed advances in ecosystem monitoring and rehabilitation of abandoned areas

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/pak823-825.cit.1412 

Tabebuia Bulletin of the Monitoring and Research Platform | South Ecuador (MRp|SE)

English newsletter, 21 pages

3rd issue (May 2015)

Science papers in this issue
- compare tropical montane elevation transects in Ecuador and Peru
- analyze the relationship of decomposer communities and leaf litter types
- demonstrate how fertilization influences the amount of bio-available phosphorus
- reveal that nutrient availability stimulates mineralization of dissolved organic matter
- show that image textures can supersede functional biodiversity analysis
- provide insights into the transformation from abandoned sites to valuable pasture land.
A report introduces the installation of the last radar of the RadarNet Sur that is situated on a mountain peak and is the highest operating weather radar worldwide.

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/pak823-825.cit.1399

Monitoring and Research Platform | South Ecuador (MRp|SE)

englischer Newsletter, 20-seitig

2nd issue (November 2014)

Scientists working in the tropical mountain rain forest report first results: They depict the impacts of nutrient additions on mycorrhiza as well as on the activity of phosphomonoesterases in the organic layer. Others describe the relationship between canopy evapotranspiration and leaf transpiration derived from a novel observational approach. First research results derive from the other two ecosystems under investigation: leaf phenology and tree water use was analyzed in the dry forest whereas the effects of roads on the avifauna were studied in the Cajas National Park. The Newsletter rounds off describing the successful approval of the dry forest area in the provinces Loja and El Oro as an UNESCO biosphere reserve where the application initiative was mainly pushed by the non-university partner NCI, supported by the DFG-PAK scientists. Now all three research sites belong to three different UNESCO biosphere reserves.

editorial work: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/pak823-825.cit.1287

Monitoring and Research Platform | South Ecuador (MRp|SE)

englischer Newsletter, 29-seitig

1st issue (April 2014)

The Newsletter offers results from research and knowledge transfer, new methods and models, as well as results which contrast current opinions. They concern plant distributions, canopy evapotranspriation and leaf photosynthesis, wood anatomy, the fate of fertilized phosphorus, transit times of water in the catchment related to land use, digital soil maps and the development of local climate indicators. It also displays maps of research plots and describes research infrastructures.

editorial services: texts and images, executive and managing editor

www.tropicalmountainforest.org
DOI: 10.5678/lcrs/pak823-825.cit.1260

Press Releases

Appeal to the German climate government

sorry, in German only

Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG) fordert nachhaltige Ressourcen- und Klimapolitik

Entscheidungen über die Ressourcen unserer Erde müssen nachhaltig und wissenschaftsbasiert sein. Zur Eröffnung der Botanikertagung an der Universität Rostock, zu der sich mehr als 420 Pflanzenforschende angemeldet haben, fordert das Präsidium der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft die Beteiligten am Klimakabinett und alle Parteien auf, mutige Entscheidungen zu treffen, um die Ressourcen unseres Planeten und das Klima nachhaltig zu schützen.

Teaser, Bild- und Textredaktion, Social Media-Verbreitung

Deutsche-Botanische-Gesellschaft.de

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Science Awards of a Bioscience Society

The awarded scientists (counter clockwise starting top left): Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson. Photos: Jaimie Crowther, Jörg Abendroth, Tobias Jung, and Carolin Alfs

Awards for four Exceptional Plant Scientists

How climate change influences growing seasons length in woody plants and survival of flowers, the substances that influence shape changes of plastids, and the proteins that spur phloem differentiation are in the research focus of the four plant scientists who will receive the science prices of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) this year. Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner will get their awards during the Botanikertagung, the International Plant Science Conference in Rostock, Germany. From 16th to 18th September 2019, the four will present their research results to the more than 420 conference participants.

Press release: Concept development, text, image research and editing, several Tweets

Deutsche-Botanische-Gesellschaft.de/en/

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Alga of the Year

Sea Ice Alga Melosira arctica – winner or loser of climate change?

One of the most important microalgal species from the Arctic Ocean, Melosira arctica, has been nominated “Alga of the Year” by the German Phycology Section. Scientists will use Melosira as a model to understand consequences of climate change. “Currently no one can foresee whether Melosira will benefit or suffer from the melting of sea ice, and nobody knows why it is so productive under such hostile conditions,” says biologist Klaus Valentin from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). He is a Member of the Phycological Section within the Germany Botanical Society, which selected Melosira as Alga of the year 2016.

Concept development, text and image search

dbg-phykologie.de/en/

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Alga of the Year

The Sea Lettuce Ulva only gets into shape with the right bacteria

Ulva, a green seaweed found in oceans all over the world, has been selected ‘Alga of the Year 2015’. This ’sea lettuce’ either forms tubular ribbons or sheet-like (‘lettuce’) blades. Individuals commonly reach a size of approx. 20-30 cm. The specific ‘lettuce’ growth form of the alga only develops in association of bacteria which trigger differentiation and development. As Ulva requires the presence of these bacteria, it has developed special mechanisms to attract them. This requires an exchange of information between algae and bacteria. As the two organisms belong to two very different evolutionary groups, this process has fascinated chemists, biologists and algal researchers who now want to establish one Ulva species - namely Ulva mutabilis - as a future model organism.

Press release: Concept development, copy writing and editing

dbg-phykologie.de/en/

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Alga of the year

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii - fast swimmer serves as model

Phycologists of the Botanical Society of Germany have selected Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as alga of the year 2014. This unicellular green alga is able to sense its light environment, is a fast swimmer and is highly appreciated by algal and plant researchers as well as medical scientists as a model organism. Chlamydomonas even provides the basis for the establishment of novel scientific areas in neurobiology and medicine, such as optogenetics where genetically modified cells are applied as ‘light switches’. Text translated by Dr. Dagmar Stengl and published on the website of the Phycology Section.

Concept development, copy writing and editing

dbg-phykologie.de/en/

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Air Purity in Europe

Halftime for Mosses as Measuring Devices

An international research team takes stock on their way to monitoring air quality in Europe

After one and a half year the international research group has prepared the mosses to be cultivated in larger bioreactors. Doing this the researchers around the biologist Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, have reached the first milestone in the “Mossclone” research project funded by the EU in which they are developing a new biotechnological tool which uses mosses to monitor air pollutants.

Freiburg University

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Alga of the Year

Blue bioluminescence caused by blooms of Lingulodinium polyedrum in surface waters near San Diego on the Californian coast in 2011. Photo: With kind permission by Christopher J. Wills, University of California , San Diego

Lingulodinium polyedrum illuminates the sea

The alga fascinates not only scientists but also sailors and beach walkers since it is capable of illuminating the sea at night with a bluish light. The portrait about this microalga was translated by Dr. Dagmar Stengl and published on the website of the Phycology Section.

Concept development, copy writing, image research and editing

dbg-phykologie.de/en/

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Upcoming Meeting of Bioscience Societies

IUBS member Germany discusses strategies to stop loss of biological diversity

45 invited German bioscience societies that are united in the DNK (Deutsches Nationalkomitee Biologie) of the German member in the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) meet to exchange ideas how to overcome the loss of biological diversity.

German press release: Concept development and copy writing

iubs-member-germany.de

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Algal of the Year

Stoneworts – pioneers and keystone species under threat

Stoneworts attract the researchers attention since some Chara species are able to conquer new aquatic habitats as ‘pioneers’ whilst others exhibit very specific growth requirements, and once having colonized an area, can shape the whole ecosystem. The portrait about Stoneworts belonging to the alga genus Chara was translated by Dr. Dagmar Stengl and published on the website of the Phycology Section.

Concept development, text, image research and editing

dbg-phykologie.de/en/

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Print Products

Poster

German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG)

Concept, image edition

September 2019

Brochure - DIN lang

Spicy Science

Concept, text, image selection, image edition, design

March 2019

German Flyer: 6-pager

Friends of the Neubürg Region

Concept, text, image selection, image edition, design (voluntarily for the charitable organisation)

February 2019

Brochure - DIN lang

Talentaria

Concept, text, image edition, layout

July 2019

Flyer - DIN lang

Phycology Section

Concept, text, image edition

June 2019

Roll-up Banner

Carpenter Feulner

Concept, text, image edition, design

March 2018

German flyer - DIN lang

Mengersdorf's Village Fair

Concept, text, images, design

September 2018

Roll-up Banner

German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG)

Concept, text, image edition

September 2017

Flyer and Brochure

German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG)

Concept, text, image edition

January 2017, November 2019

Books + Brochures

DFG Research Unit RU816

Book: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador

Assistant editor, managing editor, image and text editing

Ecological Studies Series: Vol. 221

103 authors, 440 pages, 110 illustrations, 32 illustrations in color

Buch, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-38137-9

From a book review:
"Putting together an interdisciplinary book like this was certainly a major challenge.... It is a fine book, an extraordinary, well-written, and well-produced synthesis of interdisciplinary work – and it educates" (Luque S, 2014, p. 304, review in Mountain Research and Development, doi: 10.1659/mrd.mm142)

From the preface:
"Our assistant editor, Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig (Mistelgau), deserves a special praise for her outstanding perseverance and patience in collecting, editing, and commenting on the chapters. Without her help, this book would certainly never have been realized." (Bendix, J., Beck, E., 2013, p. vii, Preface, pdf)

Phycology Section

German Brochure: Algen in der Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

Text and image edition, layout

Welche phykologischen Analysen geeignet sind, die Wassergüte von Flüssen, Seen und Meeren in Deutschland zu beurteilen, fasst das Mini-Review zusammen. Denn seit dem Jahr 2000 müssen alle EU-Mitgliedsstaaten den ökologischen Zustand ihrer Gewässer kontinuierlich überwachen und bei Überschreiten eines bedenklichen Zustands Sanierungs- bzw. Renaturierungsmaßnahmen einleiten. Der Artikel stellt die Verfahren vor und nennt die Algen und phykologischen Parameter, die zum Monitoring der deutschen Habitate herangezogen werden. Ein umfangreiches Literatur- und Webadressenverzeichnis runden die Übersicht ab.

Broschüre: www.dbp-phykologie.de (pdf)

DFG Research Unit 402

Buch: Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador

Assistant editor, managing editor, text and image edition

104 authors, 520 pages

Book, Publisher: Springer, Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-540-73525-0

Preface (pdf at the publisher)

Contents (pdf at the publisher)

From a book review:

"...The many illustrations throughout the book are clear and informative. ... Evidently, considerable attention has been invested in the visual representation of findings and ideas. For me, this investment paid off, and those responsible deserve praise for a job well done...".Book Review by Paul M. Ramsay, UK, in the Journal Mountain Research and Development

Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (TGCL)

English Brochure | Bulletin, 12 pages

Text and image edition, layout

Edited on the occasion of inauguration of the centre that offers postgraduate LLM and PhD programms to aspiring lawyers and law students.

Bulletin: www.tgcl.uni-bayreuth.de

Portraits / Interviews

Ruminating about Problems in Plant Physiology

Plant physiologist Wilhelm Pfeffer (1905) © Ber. d. dtsch. bot. Ges. Bd. 38

Many scientists strive for professorship. Also in former times. At that time it often was sufficient to be a student of Wilhelm Pfeffer to be appointed to a university.

About life and work of Wilhelm Pfeffer (1845-1920) published by the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG).

Science is a constant flow

Plant scientist Eduard Strasburger. Image: DBG

The plant scientist wrote one of the best known textbooks on plant sciences already many decades ago. The book is still being published today. But the findings of Eduard Strasburger once were fiercely debated and some of them proven more than 60 years after their first publication.

Life and work of Eduard Strasburger (1844-1912) published by the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG).

Fighting for Science

Plant scientist Simon Schwendener (1899). © Ber. d. dtsch. bot. Ges. Bd 40

"... what I have in notion is an ... anatomical and physiological view at the tissues, ... which will revive the ... dead theory of anatomy by explaining the relation between construction and function", Schwendener once described the objective of his research.

Life and work of Simon Schwendener (1829-1919) published by the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG).