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Faculty Members

Jan Clerinx

Jan Clerinx is a member of the Research Institute: Centre for Environmental Sciences. He is an engineer, who worked in the private industry mainly mobile and automatisation companies and is specialised in: data acquisition, automation, fluid dynamics, control systems and project engineering. 

Fabio Del Frate

Fabio Del Frate received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, in 1992 and 1997, respectively. From September 1995 to June 1996, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA. From 1998 to 1999, he was with the European Space Agency (ESA), ESA Centre for Earth Observation, Frascati, Italy, as a Research Fellow. He is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he teaches courses on applied electromagnetics and remote sensing. He has acted and is a Principal Investigator in several remote sensing projects supported by ESA, and, in 2015, he has been appointed as an EUMETSAT Associate Scientist. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific publications, with a special focus on the use of machine learning algorithms for remote sensing inversion problems. Dr. Del Frate serves as a Reviewer for different remote sensing journals and an Associate Editor for the IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS.

Natalie Beenaerts

Since 2011, Dr. Natalie Beenaerts is Project manager Field Research Centre (FRC), including the Ecotron Hasselt University Research Infrastructure of the Centre for Environmental Sciences (CMK) at Hasselt University. She aims to provide the FRC with research tools, so that it becomes an excellent platform for researchers and students. If possible in collaboration with existing European programs or networks, such as Lifewatch and LTER.

She oversees and schedules the ongoing experiments and feasibility of new experiments, continuously consults with the different researchers, and anticipates the possible synergies of experiments, and controls the time schedules for the existing and extra technical expert (sensor and camera installations, data control, data management).

Dr. Cornelia Ebert, Dozentin Summer School
Cornelia Ebert

Cornelia Ebert

Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Biol Cornelia Ebert studied biology at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (1999 - 2005) and completed her doctorate in 2011 at the University of Freiburg (field of work: wildlife ecology and wildlife management at the Institute of Forest Zoology) relating to non-invasive genetical population estimates in feral pigs and red deer. Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Ebert was a research assistant in a research group called Wildlife Ecology of the Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry (FAWF). After that she worked as a scientist in wildlife genetics at Seq-IT GmbH & Co. KG in Kaiserslautern. In 2015 Mrs. Ebert started to work in the research group Wildlife Ecology of the FAWF again, but this time as a scientist.

Dr. Harald Egidi, Dozent Summer School
Harald Egidi

Harald Egidi 

Dr. Harald Egidi graduated in forest sciences in Munich and Zurich in 1984 with his thesis "The coppicing in Siegerland - using the example of three special cooperatives compared to the last 100 years". Following his legal clerkship in Hachenburg, Kelberg and Koblenz, he earned his doctorate at the department of Forest Yield Science at the Technical University of Munich in the area of age updating in a forest construction plan with a computerised system. From 1987 to 2000, Mr. Egidi was deputy head of the unit for forest inventory / forest planning at the former district government Koblenz for the administrative regions of Koblenz and Trier. From 2000 until 2003 he was the manager of the Forestry Bureau Kempfeld. Thereafter he managed the unit "forest sustainability and environmental care" in the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forests of Rhineland-Palatinate until 2014. Since 2015 he is director of the National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald.

Dr. Egidi is a member of various advisory boards with projects of forests, wildlife and climate change impacts. In the years 2003 till 2014 he was a member of the audit committee for the higher forestry service. From 2012 until 2015 he was the head of the federal-state working group in forest management plan.

Prof. Dr. Peter Fischer-Stabel, Dozent Summer School
Peter Fischer-Stabel

Peter Fischer-Stabel

Prof. Fischer-Stabel holds a professorship for Geomatics Technology at our university. He studied Geography, Computer Science and Hydrology. After working in the German Environmental Specimen Banking Program (Federal Environmental Protection Agency), he joined the European Space Agency in Rome, addressing issues of geo-spatial data integration. He chairs the Institute for Software Systems (ISS). Ongoing research activities focus on environmental management & information systems and ecological effects of the implementation of renewable energies. He is also a Ranger in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau.

Anna Förster 

Anna Förster obtained her MSc degree in computer science and aerospace engineering from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 2004 and her PhD degree in self-organising sensor networks from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, in 2009. From 2010 to 2014, she was a researcher and lecturer at SUPSI (the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland). Since 2015, she leads the Sustainable Communication Networks group at the University of Bremen. Her main research interests focus on applications of wireless computer networks to sustainability applications.

Klaus-Uwe Gollmer

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Klaus-Uwe Gollmer studied  Biomedical Engineering at University of Applied Sciences Hamburg and Computer Engineering at Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. After his doctorate he worked in the field of modelling and automation of bioprocesses. Since 1999 he is Professor for modeling and simulation at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld of the Trier University of Applied Sciences. His actual research areas are embedded systems, internet of things (IoT) and realtime control.

Dr. Ulf Hohmann, Dozent Summer School
Ulf Hohmann


Ulf Hohmann

Dr. Dipl. Biol. Ulf Hohmann studied biology in Tübingen and Kiel from 1985 until 1992. His doctoral thesis was on “ecology of raccoons in southern Lower Saxony” at the Forestry Faculty of the University of Göttingen in 1998. Since 2002 he is the head of the research group wildlife ecology at the FAWF with his main research areas in ecology of hoofed game, development and testing of methods for inventory ascertainment, wildlife effects on forest vegetation and practical advice related to the topics.

Prof. Rolf Krieger, Dozent Summer School
Rolf Krieger

Rolf Krieger

From 1985 until 1989 Prof. Dr. Rolf Krieger studied computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Saarland.  In 1994 he completed his doctorate in computer science at the University in Frankfurt am Main. Afterwards, he worked as an IT consultant for several years. Since 1999 he is Professor for Business Information Systems at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld of the Trier University of Applied Sciences. He is the managing director of the Institute for Software Systems in business, environment and administration. His research focuses on business information systems, environmental information systems, e-business and data quality management.

Claus-Andreas Lessander

Claus-Andreas Lessander

Dipl. Forstw. Lessander (graduate forest manager) studied forest sciences on a scholarship granted by the Cusanuswerk at the University of Göttingen and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. After successful graduation at the Institute of Forest Management and Yield Science in Göttingen in 1990, he was a trainee at the Forest Agency Trier (forestry office in Bernkastel-Kues and in Nassau) until he took over the deputy head of the forestry office at Entenpfuhl (Soonwald) in 1994. In the years 2014 and 2015, Mr. Lessander was the manager of the starter team national park at the regional office in Birkenfeld/Nahe and he also did the preparations of the foundation of the national park authority in Hunsrück-Hochwald. Since 2015 he is deputy director of the national park office and also head of the department of research, habitat- and wildlife management. 

Mr. Lessander is expert and trainer in the forest management of Rhineland-Palatinate and alongside this ongoing work, he has worked on a variety of research and development projects to develop the systems in forest management.

Dr. Ernst Segatz


Dr. Ernst Segatz gained his diploma in forest science at the University of Freiburg in 1974. In 1984 he completed his doctorate and started working as a forest management planner and forest site cartographer in the town of Cochem.  He was the leader of the forest office of Waldmohr from 1986 to 2003 and started working as forest site specialist at the forest management planning institution Koblenz in 2004. From 2006 until 2014 he was a scientific assistant at the  Rhineland-Palatinate Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry in Trippstadt in the research domain “Ecological forest development” and leader of the research group “Ecology of forest landscapes”.  Since 2014 he works as an assistance concerning developing concepts for inventory and monitoring in the national park office “Hunsrück-Hochwald”.

Dipl. Biol. Carolin Tröger, Dozentin Summer School
Carolin Tröger

Carolin Tröger

Dipl. Biol. Carolin Tröger studied biology at the University in Jena between 2007 and 2012. She completed her studies successfully with her thesis about "Wind park influence on habitat use of semi-domestic reindeer (rangifer tarandus tarandus)". Since 2015 Mrs. Tröger is a research assistant in the division wildlife-ecology at the Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatinate and there she accompanied the project "Interaction deer - lynx" in the Federal Foundation for the Environment.

Jan van der Bussche

Jan Van den Bussche is a professor of Databases and Theoretical Computer Science at Hasselt University.  He has done research on database models and query languages for a variety of application domains, including semistructured data, temporal data, spatial data, text data, graph data, and DNA data.  He has also expertise in the principles of managing the provenance of data.  He is currently serving as chair of the executive committee that oversees the international ACM Symposium series on Principles of Database Systems.  As an amateur he has a keen interest in biology, ecology, and nature conservation.


Prof. Dr. Peter Fischer-Stabel

Geo and Environmental Computer Science

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