Questionnaire: Vera Prenzel
Your title, name, place of work (Bonn or Hamburg)
Vera Prenzel, Bonn
What is your current position/function at our institute?
PhD Student, zbm (Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Science)
Arthropod diversity, agricultural landscape
Can you please describe your research in general terms?
My research aims at finding out if flower strips have a (positive) impact on arthropod diversity in agricultural landscapes. All in all 20 farms from all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria are taking part in the project and providing fields with flower strips for our research. I will morphologically identify the arthropods, collected by different trapping methods.
In which countries did you work and/or perform(ed) your research projects?
Germany, Austria, Switzerland
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Do you have a recommendation for young scientists in your field of study and for their career?
Working in research can be quite challenging. But if you are passionate about the field and the project you’re working on, the workload and the need to improvise can be fun. So, I would recommend to ask yourself, if this is what you would like to do with your life. But if it is, working in biodiversity research can be a way to improve the world a little.