Science Policy Liaison
bioDISCOVERY and Universität Zürich
Cornelia Krug is science policy liaison for the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme "Global Change and Biodiversity" and Executive Officer for the bioDISCOVERY Global Research Programme of Future Earth. She holds a PhD in Zoology, and a MSc in Zoology/Animal Ecology, and has researched the impacts of land use management on animal and plant communities. Between 1995 and 2010, Cornelia was working as a researcher in Namibia and South Africa, first at Gobabeb Training and Research Centre, then at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. From 2010 to 2016, she was Science Officer for the bioDISCOVERY core project of DIVERSITAS, based at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France. Here, her main interest was focussed on how biodiversity changes under environmental change, and which implication this has for community composition, ecosystem structure and ecosystem functions. In her role as science officer, she coordinated various activities centred around improving predictions of biodiversity change, and coordinates and contributes to scenarios assessment for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4. Since 2017, Cornelia is based at the University of Zurich's Department of Geography.