Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Carrying out a Bachelor or Master thesis in the Conservation Biogeography Lab

Writing a thesis with us

We are always looking for motivated students interested in our research themes who would like to conduct a Bachelor’s or Master's thesis with us. We always have a range of available topics and usually aim to develop thesis topics jointly together with candidates. Typically, thesis topics will interlink with our ongoing research.

We have prepared a guideline describing the supervision framework for a Bachelor or Master thesis in the Conservation Biogeography Lab. This guidelines highlights the major steps to be taken - from deciding whether our group is the right place for you and your thesis, to submitting the final thesis. Please read this document carefully before contacting us (a PDF version can be found here).

You can also take a look at ongoing and past theses that students have conducted in our group: Current and past Master's theses  // Current and past Bachelor's theses. 

We offer two colloquia (i.e., seminar series), both of which are important elements in our supervision framework.

  • The Student Colloquium provides a space for presenting initial concepts as well as progress made in Bachelor's and Master’s thesis. The Student Colloquium is also a space to obtain feedback and discuss problems you may face in your thesis. Finally, in this colloquium we provide skills training and tips on scientific writing and presentations. We expect all students carrying out Bachelor or Master theses in our lab to regularly participate in this colloquium!
  • The Research Colloquium is a space where PhD students and postdoctoral researchers present ongoing research. This is a great forum to learn about different projects in the two research groups and thus to start generating ideas for thesis that interlink with these projects.

The Student Colloquium takes place Mondays, 1-3pm and the Research Colloquium takes place Tuesdays, 1-3pm (during weeks when there is no institutional board meeting). Both colloquia are held in English. Please visit the Moodle forum for our schedule, to find additional resources around conducting a thesis, and to book dates for your presentations.