Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Anika Sieber






Doctoral researcher










Office location


Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'211




+49 (0)30 2093-6834




+49 (0)30 2093-6848


Postal address


Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany



About me


I have broad research interests in the interdisciplinary fields of land system science and biogeography. While studying Geography, Agrarian Sciences and Geology I became interested in examining recent and past changes in land use and land cover with remote sensing methods. Two semesters abroad in Moscow awaked my Russian soul and, luckily, I could combine both passions by working on post-Soviet changes in European Russia in the framework of my diploma thesis. After finishing my studies I joined the teams of Tobias Kuemmerle and Patrick Hostert as a doctoral researcher, where I am contributing to the knowledge of what drives biodiversity loss. In my doctoral thesis, I am evaluating how land-use change and other human impacts affect large mammals' habitat, species population dynamics, and protected area effectiveness in European Russia.


Curriculum Vitae


since 10/2015


Research assistant, Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany



Completion Grant of the Caroline von Humboldt Grant Programme,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany



Visiting student, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

since 2011


Doctoral student, Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Title: “Land-use change, protected area effectiveness, and wildlife dynamics in post-Soviet European Russia”
Primary supervisor: Tobias Kuemmerle

2010 - 2015


Research assistant, Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

10/2010 - 01/2013: Project “Land-use and land-cover change effects on biodiversity in European Russia (LUCC-BIO)” funded through the German Research Foundation (DFG)



Visiting student, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

2005 - 2006   Visiting scholar, Moscow State University, Russia
2002 - 2010  

Diplom (MSc equivalent) in Geography, Agrarian Sciences, and Geology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Thesis: “Post-Soviet land-use change and the effectiveness of protected areas in European Russia – A case study for Oksky Nature Reserve”
Supervisors: Patrick Hostert, Tobias Kuemmerle

2001 - 2002   Studying Human Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Public Law,
University of Potsdam, Germany


Research interests

  • land-use change science
  • biogeography
  • conservation
  • large mammals
  • habitat modeling
  • remote sensing
  • fragmentation and connectivity
  • protected area effectiveness
  • Russia and Eastern Europe


Selected Publications


Sieber, A., Uvarov, N.V., Baskin, L.M., Radeloff, V.C., Bateman, B.L., Pankov, A.B., & Kuemmerle, T. (2015): Post-Soviet land-use change effects on large mammals' habitat in European Russia. Biological Conservation 191, 567-576.

Wendland, K.J., Baumann, M., Lewis, D.J., Sieber, A., & Radeloff, V.C. (2015): Protected area effectiveness in European Russia: A post-matching panel data analysis. Land Economics 91, 149-168.

Stefanski, J., Kuemmerle, T., Chaskovskyy, O., Griffiths, P., Havryluk, V., Knorn, J., Korol, N., Sieber, A., & Waske, B. (2014): Mapping land management regimes in Western Ukraine using optical and SAR data. Remote Sensing 6 (6), 5279-5305.

Alcantara, C., Kuemmerle, T., Baumann, M., Bragina, E.V., Griffiths, P., Hostert, P., Knorn, J., Müller, D., Prishchepov, A.V., Schierhorn, F., Sieber, A., & Radeloff, V.C. (2013): Mapping the extent of abandoned farmland in Central and Eastern Europe using MODIS time series satellite data. Environmental Research Letters 8 (3), 035035.

Sieber, A., Kuemmerle, T., Prishchepov, A.V., Wendland, K.J., Baumann, M., Radeloff, V.C., Baskin, L.M., & Hostert, P. (2013): Landsat-based mapping of post-Soviet land-use change to assess the effectiveness of the Oksky and Mordovsky protected areas in European Russia. Remote Sensing of Environment 133, 38-51.

Hostert, P., Kuemmerle, T., Prishchepov, A., Sieber, A., Lambin, E.F., & Radeloff, V.C. (2011): Rapid land use change after socio-economic disturbances: the collapse of the Soviet Union versus Chernobyl. Environmental Research Letters 6 (4), 045201.