Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft


Principal Investigator
email: hkreft[at]
phone: +49-(0)551-39-28757
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Academic CV

2007: Doctoral degree in biology (Dr. rer. nat.), summa cum laude, University of Bonn
2002: Diploma in Biology (Dipl. Biol.), major in botany , minors in zoology and geography
1996-2002: Studies in biology and geography University of Bonn, Boston University

Professional experience:
since 2017: Full professor (W3), Head of the Department Biodiversity, Macroecology & Biogeography, University of Göttingen
2015-2017: Associate professor (W2), Head of the Department Biodiversity, Macroecology & Biogeography, University of Göttingen
2009- 2015:Junior Research Group Leader Biodiversity, Macroecology & Conservation Biogeography, University of Göttingen
2009: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bonn
2008-2009: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Diego
2007: Postdoctoral researcher, research project ‚Biodiversity under Change’, Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz

Awards & Fellowships:
2024: Member of the Academia Europaea (link)
2015: Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen
2009: Wilhelm‐Pfeffer‐Prize for Best Paper awarded by the German Botanical Society
2008-2009: Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt‐Foundation
2008: Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (declined)
2006: Merian Award of the German Society for Tropical Ecology
2004-2006: PhD Scholarship Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2003: Alwyn Gentry Award of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation
1998-2002: Scholarship Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.

Professional activities:

Associate editor: Journal of Biogeography

Reviews for journals: American Naturalist, Annals Missouri Botanical Garden, Biogeosciences, Biological Conservation, Biotropica, Conservation Biology, Diversity & Distributions, Ecography, Ecology, Écoscience, Global Ecology & Biogeography, Journal of Botany, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Journal of Vegetation Science, Oikos, Perspectives Plant Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Plant Ecology, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Plant Ecology & Evolution, PNAS, Selbyana

Reviews for proposals: German Research Foundation (DFG), National Science Foundation (USA), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Research Council of Norway

Professional affiliations: Ecological Society of America (ESA), International Biogeography Society (IBS), Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie (GTÖ)