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Dr. Mike Teucher


Dr. rer. nat. Mike Teucher

room H4 1.33
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4
06120 Halle (Saale)

phone: 0345/55-26043
fax: 0345/55-27175

postal address:
Dr. rer. nat. Mike Teucher
06099 Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Geowissenschaften

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Research focus

Scientific Career


Journal articles

Mulwa, Moses; Teucher, Mike; Ulrich, Werner, Habel, Jan Christian (2021): Bird communities in a degraded forest biodiversity hotspot of East Africa. In: Biodiversity Conservation, DOI:   .

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Gros, Patrick; Schmitt, Thomas; Ulrich, Werner (2021): Land use and climate change affects butterfly diversity across northern Austria. In: Landscape Ecology, DOI:   .

Habel, Jan Christian; Zamora, Camillo; Rödder, Dennis; Teucher, Mike; Cuadros-Casanova, Ivon; Fischer, Christina (2021): Using indicator species to detect high quality habitats in an East African forest biodiversity hotspot. In: Biodiversity and Conservation, DOI:   .

Rülke, Jana; Rieckmann, Marco; Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Teucher, Mike (2020): How Ecocentrism and Anthropocentrism Influence Human–Environment Relationships in a Kenyan Biodiversity Hotspot. In: Sustainability, DOI:   .

Habel, Jan Christian; Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Apfelbeck, Beate; Bendzko,Tobias; Fischer, Christina; Kimatu, Josphert N.; Mwakumanya, Maarifa A.; Maghenda, Marianne; Mulwa, Ronald K.; Rieckmann, Marco; Shauri,Halimu; Teucher, Mike; Schmitt, Christine (2020): Land scarcity, communication gaps and institutional confusions influence the loss of biodiversity in south-eastern Kenya. In: Biodiversity and Conservation, 29, 3835–3841 DOI:   .

Schürmann, Alina; Kleemann, Janina; Fürst, Christine; Teucher, Mike (2020): Assessing the relationship between land tenure issues and land cover changes around the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya. In: Land Use Policy 95 (104625), DOI:   

Teucher, Mike; Schmitt, Christine B.; Wiese, Anja; Apfelbeck, B.; Maghenda, M.; Pellikka, P.; Lens, L.; Habel, Jan Christian (2020): Behind the fog: Forest degradation despite logging bans in an East African cloud forest. In: Global Ecology and Conservation, DOI:   

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Dennis, Rödder (2018): Mark-release-recapture meets Species Distribution Models: Identifying micro-habitats of grassland butterflies in agricultural landscapes    . In:  PLOS ONE 13(11): e0207052, DOI:    

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Ulrich, Werner; Schmitt, Thomas (2017): Documenting the chronology of ecosystem health erosion along East African rivers    . In: Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, DOI: 10.1002/rse2.55    .

Habel, Jan Christian; Casanova, Ivon Constanza Cuadros; Zamora, Camilo; Teucher, Mike; Hornetz, Berthold; Shauri,  Halimu; Mulwa, Ronald K.; Lens, Luc (2017): East African coastal forest under pressure    . In: Biodiversity and Conservation, DOI 10.1007/s10531-017-1375-z    .

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Ulrich, Werner; Bauer, Markus; Rödder, Dennis (2016): Drones for butterfly conservation: larval habitat assessment with an unmanned aerial vehicle    . In: Landscape Ecology, DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0409-3.

Teucher, Mike; Hornetz, Berthold; Jätzold, Ralph (2016): Increasing Livelihood through Use of Adapted Crop Varieties - Case Study from a Semi-Arid Region of East Kenya    . In: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, DOI:10.1080/21683565.2016.1159265     .

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Mulwa, K. Ronald; Haber, Wolfgang; Eggermont, Hilde; Lens, Luc (2016): Nature conservation at the edge    . In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 25 (4), pg. 791 - 799.

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Rödder, Dennis; Bleicher, Marie-Therese; Dieckow, claudia; Wiese, Anja; Fischer, Christina (2016): Kenyan endemic bird species at home in novel ecosystem    . In: Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2038 .

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Pschonny, Sandra; Rost, Simone; Fischer, Christina (2015): Beyond  prime areas of nature protection in East Africa: conservation ecology  of a narrowly distributed Kenyan endemic bird species    . In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 24 (12), pg. 3071-3082.

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike; Hornetz, Berthold;  Jaetzold, Ralph; Kimatu, N. Josphert; Kasili, Sichangi; Mairura,  Zachariah; Mulwa, K. Ronald; Eggermont, Hilde; Weisser, W. Wolfgang;  Lens, Lucs (2015): Real-world complexity of food security and biodiversity conservation    . In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 24 (6), pg. 1531-1539.

Teucher, Mike; Fischer, Christina; Busch, Christine; Horn,  Michelle; Igl, Jana; Kerner, Janika; Müller, Anke; Mulwa, K. Ronald;  Habel, Jan Christian (2015): A Kenyan endemic bird species Turdoides hindei at home in invasive thickets    . In: Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 16 (2), pg. 180–188.

Teucher, Mike; Hornetz, Berthold; Jätzold, Ralph; Mairura Zachariah (2014): Assessing the users´need for a spatial decision support system of smallholder farming in Kenya    . In: Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, Vol. 115 (2), pg. 101-110.

Habel, Jan Christian; Teucher, Mike (2014): Saatgut und 100 Regenmesser – Nahrungssicherheit in den semiariden Trockenregionen Ostkenias    In: Unijournal Universität Trier, 40. Jhg., Heft 3/2014, S. 40f.

Habel, Jan Christian; Hornetz, Berthold; Teucher, Mike (2014): Ein Zeitzeuge afrikanischer Metamorphose - Prof. Jätzold: Erfahrungen, Erlebnisse, Erkenntnisse aus 50 Forschungsjahren    . In: Unijournal Universität Trier, 30. Jhg., Heft 1/2014, S. 46f.

Girkens, Björn; Hornetz, Berthold; Jaetzold, Ralph; Teucher, Mike (2013): Handbücher für kenianische Bauern    . In: Unijournal Universität Trier, 29. Jhg., Heft 2/2013, S. 28f.

Jaetzold, Ralph; Schmidt, Helmut; Hornetz, Berthold; Shisanya, Chris; Teucher, Mike (2012):  Atlas of Agro-Ecological Zones, Soils and Fertilising by Group of Districts. 34 volumes. In: Farm Management Handbook of Kenya: Volume  II: Natural Conditions and Farm Management Information. Ministry of  Agriculture. Nairobi; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale  Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Eschborn

Conference contributions

Teucher, M. (2019): E-Learning und Learning Analytics in der universitären Ausbildung der Geowissenschaften - Blended Learning im Masterstudium    . DREILÄNDERTAGUNG     der OVG, DGPF und SGPF
Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation - 2019 20.02.-22.02.2019 Wien

Teucher, M. (2018): E-Learning  und Learning Analytics in der universitären Ausbildung der  Geowissenschaften - Blended Learning mit ESRI ArcGIS Online im  Masterstudium    . PFGK18 : Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformatik - Kartographie - 2018 07.03.-09.03.2018 München

Teucher, M. (2013): Wie geht es weiter mit Jätzolds  Agro-Ökologischen Zonen in Kenya. GGT Festkolloquium zum 80. Geburtstag  von Ralph Jätzold 05.12.2013

Teucher, M. (2013): Sustainable Land use of fragile ecosystems in Kenya - with a special focus on semi-arid to arid regions - Workshop "Relevance of mountain forests for biodiversity and life-quality in rural areas of Eastern Africa - Combining food production and biodiversity conservation" 29.07.2013 - 01.08.2013 Kitui 2013

Teucher, M. (2011): Present and Future Planning of the Farm  Management Handbook Project - Easier Flows of Information of the Farm  Management Handbooks to Users - PSDA KARI Symposium Nairobi 2011.


Current projects

Culture and Conservation: Harnessing synergies
between cultural traditions and biodiversity
protection in Kenya and Ethiopia

Project within the framework of the DAAD program - partnerships for the promotion of biodiversity in developing countries 2021-2024.

The current biodiversity crisis is particularly pronounced in the tropics, where demographic pressure is high and many ecosystems are fragile. Intact ecosystems provide important habitats for biota and various ecosystem services for people, and thus support livelihood quality. It is therefore essential to preserve biodiversity not only in nature reserves, but also across anthropogenic landscapes. Hereby, the involvement of local communities plays a central role, and strongly influences people´s attitudes and behaviour towards nature and conservation. Exclaves of remaining natural ecosystems are today mainly protected areas such as nature reserves, but often also sites of cultural relevance, such as sacred sites. The preservation of sacred sites combines the preservation of people´s culture and biodiversity. Both, culture and biodiversity may positively influence into the surrounding landscapes. In this activity, we establish a transdisciplinary network of researchers, students and stakeholders, to study and learn about the relevance of cultural forest sites. Thus, both, natural and social sciences approaches will be strongly interlinked in these activities, which will consecutively take place in three phases: 1. Assessing ecosystem health, understanding coherences and interactions for selected sites; 2. Identifying relevant stakeholders which may communicate potential improvement; and 3. Implementation of ideas to restore and improve environment, and to sensitize the local people for cultural and traditional values.

The project "Culture and Conservation: Harnessing synergies between cultural traditions and biodiversity protection" is supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Previous projects

DAAD quality network biodiversity Kenia

Tropical forests are important habitats for endangered plant and  animal species, but also provide various ecosystem services, which are  crucial for the local human population. Most of the global forest  biodiversity hotspots are located in the tropics, in developing  countries, where human demographic pressure is exceptionally high. This  has led to rapid transformation of pristine habitats and a reduction of  ecosystem service provision by these formerly intact ecosystems. To  establish efficient nature conservation programmes maintaining habitats  for endangered species, as well as intact ecosystem services for the  local human population, a combination of scientists and stakeholders  from various disciplines has to collaborate to elaborate holistic  strategies. In our transdisciplinary north-south, and south-south biodiversity network we combine scientists from the fields of

(i) plant and animal ecology,
(ii) agro-ecology and ecosystem functions,
(iii) land-cover mapping, and
(iv) education, communication and management.

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Projekt ProLearn

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