Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Thomas Heinicke


Thomas Heinicke, Biologist




  • Project: Utilization and protection of agricultural ecosystems in Central Asian high mountains – case study Kyrgyz alpine pastures (UPAGES-KYR)
Scientific focus:
Landscape ecology and nature conservation, mires/peatlands and wetlands, mire vegetation, ornithology



Personal Data


Date and place of birth: October 16, 1973 in Bernau near Berlin
Family status: married, 3 children





09/1995 – 05/1999
Studies in Biology (Diploma) at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald,
main focus: landscape ecology and nature conservation, ecology, zoology
09/1992 – 08/1995
Studies in Biochemistry (Pre-Diploma) at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen
09/1990 – 06/1992
Abitur at the Secondary school Friedrich List in Leipzig



Work Experiences


since 02/2013
Research assistent in the project „Utilization and protection of agricultural ecosystems in Central Asian high mountains – case study Kyrgyz alpine pastures (UPAGES-KYR)" at the Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Division of Soil and Site Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt-University Berlin
since 01/2008
Staff member in the administration of the Biosphere reserve “Elbe river landscape-Brandenburg”, unit species and habitat protection
07/2004 – 12/2006
Brandenburg State Office of Environment, nature conservation unit, regional department south/Cottbus
Main focus: Natura2000, designation of protected areas
07/2001 – 05/2002
Brandenburg Bird Protection Center
Main focus: waterbird and goose monitoring
08/2000 – 06/2004
Brandenburg State Office of Environment, unit ecological basics
main focus: landscape water balance, mires and peatlands
06 – 07/2000
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Botanical Institut
Student education: field excursions, exercises in plant determination
11/1999 – 05/2000
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Botanical Institut
Research assistent in the “Mire Ecology working group", project: “Central European Peatland Project” from Wetlands International



International Experiences


06 – 07/2006
Participation in a scientific bird expedition of the Russian Academy of Science to Chukotka, Russia
02 – 03/2001
Field expedition to Azerbaidshan on behalf of the Michael Succow-foundation (elaboration of project proposals, monitoring of globally threatened birds and mammals in 5 nature reserves)
01/1999 and 01/2000
International waterbird counts at lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), performance of a training seminar with staff from nature conservation administrations and scientists form the Kyrygyz Academy of Science
06/1999 – 10/1999
Scholarship from ASA-program of the Carl-Duisberg-Society:Initiation of a monitoring program for breeding and migrant birds in the Tengiz-Zapovednik, Central Kazakhstan
05 – 10/1997
Field trip Issyk-Kul-oblast / Kyrgyzstan, field work for the diploma thesis