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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Benjamin Bleyhl






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Doctoral researcher




Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'202

+49 (0)30 2093-6874

+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany


About me

Hey, I'm Benjamin. I am a doctoral researcher at the Biogeography and Conservation Biology lab. Before, I was working here as a research assistant to identify European bison habitat in Germany together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). My background is quite broad (I started studying History after school) but I got more and more focused on wildlife conservation (which was crystal clear from the beginning on, according to my grandma). After working in various projects with mainly small animals during my bachelors (counting butterfly eggs in the Pyrenees and getting to know each and every sand lizard of a small population near Münster), I went to Berlin to study the Masters in Physical Geography of Human-Environmental Systems. Here, the scale of my studies changed a little and I got more interested in larger animals (particularly, the largest land mammal in Europe: the European bison) and larger areas (mainly the Caucasus but also the Carpathians and other places). My research interest is focused on large mammal conservation and I thereby try to find ways how large mammals can persist and be integrated in human-dominated landscapes.


Curriculum Vitae


Since 2015


Doctoral researcher at the Biogeography and Conservation Biology lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, funded through an Elsa-Neumann scholarship

2014 - 2015


Research assistant in the project “Potential European bison habitat in Germany” at the Biogeography and Conservation Biology lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2010 - 2014


Masters in Physical Geography of Human-Environmental Systems at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Innsbruck

2007 - 2010


Bachelors in Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster


Bleyhl, B., M. Baumann, P. Griffiths, A. Heidelberg, K. Manvelyan, V.C. Radeloff, N. Zazanashvili and T. Kuemmerle (2017). "Assessing landscape connectivity for large mammals in the Caucasus using Landsat 8 seasonal image composites". Remote Sensing of Environment 193: 193-203. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.03.001

Ziółkowska, E., Perzanowski, K., Bleyhl, B., Ostapowicz, K., & Kuemmerle, T. (2016): Understanding unexpected reintroduction outcomes: why do European bison do not colonize suitable habitat in the Carpathians? Biological Conservation, 195, 106–117.

Bleyhl, B., Sipko, T., Trepet, S., Bragina, E., Leitão, P.J., Radeloff, V.C., & Kuemmerle, T. (2015): Mapping seasonal European bison habitat in the Caucasus Mountains to identify potential reintroduction sites. Biological Conservation, 191, 83–92. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.011