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Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein

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Alexandra Lawrence: Curriculum Vitae


2017 - present

PhD Student

Department of Biogeographie, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Focus on habitat fragmentation and climate change in protected areas

2015 - 2017

M.Sc. Student

Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, CA, USA

Focus on the effects of habitat fragmentation and biodiversity on the Lyme disease causing pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi


B.Sc. Student

Department of Geography, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany

Focus on population dynamics of the invasive American mink in Europe




Carpathian Wolf Watch: Slovak Wildlife Society, Slovakia

Winter tracking of wolf and lynx. Identification and sampling of wolf and lynx markings and kill-sites. Wildlife camera work.

2019 - present

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Teaching instructor for biogeographical seminars

2015 - 2017

San Francisco State University, CA, USA

Teaching assistant in General Biology, Ecology, Disease Ecology, and Genetics

2015 - 2017

Small Mammal Undergraduate Research, Santa Cruz, CA, USA  

Trapping, identifying, and anaesthetizing small mammals, mark-and-recapture studies

2014 - 2016

Santa Cruz Puma Project, CA, USA

Field wildlife assistant. Focus on tracking, monitoring, baiting, capturing and collaring the local puma population in the Santa Cruz mountains


Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA

Identifying, organizing, archiving, and digitizing modern and historic maps. Working with ArcGIS, Photoshop, and Microsoft access database


Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, Kenai, Alaska, USA

Sole live-in manager of remote environmental research station. Daily salmon counts, station and supply maintenance, biological sampling of salmon specimens

2006 - 2014

National Park Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Ranger assistant and long-term member. Blazing and repairing of trails, leading of educational programs, training in mountain and wilderness safety techniques

2005 - 2010

Herpetological Institute, Salzburg, Austria                                                                             

Identified, counted and sampled amphibian and reptile populations during their yearly migration for the management and protection of their population



Scientific Skills

  • Advanced Skills in R, ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS, FRAGSTAT, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, EstimateS
  • Extensive field work experience in tracking and sampling of large carnivores; trapping, identification, tissue and blood sampling of small mammals, wildlife camera work
  • Extensive laboratory experience in DNA extractions, PCR, Gel electrophoresis, animal physiology, and Lab maintenance
  • Fluent in English and German; Intermediate knowledge of French; Reading knowledge of Latin



Distinctions and Awards

  • “Sinnecker Kunz Award”, Weimar, Germany

First prize for young scientists during 13th intern. Symposium on Tick and Tick-borne Diseases for oral presentation „The factors that shape vector aggregation on small mammal hosts “

  • “Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence”, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • “Grants-in-Aid” Sigma-Xi The Scientific Research Society, Durham, NC

Competitive, merit-based grant for graduate research on the effects of habitat fragmentation on the genetic diversity of Lyme disease pathogens

  • „PROMOS“ Student und Arbeitsmarkt

Competitive, merit-based DAAD scholarship for internship in Washington DC.

  • Student Conservation Society, Arlington, VA

Provides distinguished undergraduate students with funding and internship opportunities in ecological conservation

  • National Park Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Invited to hold nature documentation exhibition (05/2009)

  • AFPAN Festival „Photo Nature Montier“, Montier-en-Der, France

Awarded twice in the youth Category of the international photography competition 2008

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