Prof. Dr. Emily Poppenborg Martin

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg
Nienburger Straße 17
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg
Nienburger Straße 17
30167 Hannover
Teaching Staff Deputy Representatives
Faculty Council, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Teaching Staff Deputy Representatives
Admissions Board for MSc Landscape Sciences


  • Agroecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Functional ecology
  • Biodiversity processes and functions across scales
  • Ecosystem services
  • Plant-insect and multitrophic interactions
  • Arthropod community ecology
  • Interdisciplinary & transdisciplinary science


  • About

    I am an agroecologist and landscape ecologist focussing on the links between land-use and agricultural landscape management, and the maintenance and resilience of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture, particularly pollination and natural pest control. With this focus my overall aim is to combine environmental sustainability with agricultural food production, now and under changing future conditions. I investigate ways to attain this goal at field, landscape and cross-regional levels using large syntheses of empirical data, modelling and field studies of the impact of policy, landscape and farm-level management on biodiversity, ecosystem services and agricultural production.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    July 2020-current
    W2 tenure-track professor for Zoological Biodiversity at the Institute of Geobotany, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany    

    Guest researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Strategic Research Area ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate’, Lund University, Sweden

    Senior research fellow (Habilitation) in Agroecology, Department of Animal ecology and Tropical biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

    Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Animal ecology and Tropical biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

    Doctorate in natural sciences summa cum laude, Departments of Biogeographical Modelling and Animal Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany    

    Engineer in Agronomy of AgroParisTech, Paris, France. MSc in Ecology, Evolution biology and Environment with honours, University of Montpellier 2, France

    Studies in Agronomy and Ecology at AgroParisTech and University of Montpellier 2, France. Internships at IRD Montpellier, MNHN (Paris), Siberut Conservation Project (Indonesia).

  • Projects

    Current projects:   

    • 2020-2025: UPSCALE: Upscaling the benefits of Push-pull technology for Sustainable agricultural intensification in East Africa. EU Horizon 2020. Project Coordinator.
    • 2021-2023: AGRI-OME: Elucidating the interactions between agricultural ecosystems and the aphid microbiome. Alexander von Humboldt Early Researcher fellowship to D. Leybourne.
    • 2020-2023: When and where do birds help plants? Natural enemy interactions and their impact on biological control in agricultural systems. FORMAS starting grant of the Swedish Research Council to D. Rubene.
    • 2018-2021: DIFFCacao: Diversifying native fine or flavor cocoa production systems in Peru for enhanced productivity and income. German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. J. Vansynghel (PhD co-advisor). 


    Networks and working groups:

    • 2020-2023: FACT: Cyber-infrastructure for Landscape Impacts on Biocontrol. USDA Coordinated Innovation Network.
    • 2018-current: Assessing natural pest control potential across the world’s agroecosystems using traits-based ecology, ecological modelling and global databases. International working group of the BECC strategic research area, Lund University, Sweden.


    Past projects:

    • 2015-2018: ECODEAL: Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes (EU/ERA-Net Biodiversa) 

    • 2014-2017: Decision-support tools for pest control. Interdisciplinary working group of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) of the University of Maryland 

    • 2013-2017: LIBERATION: Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification (EU/FP7) 

    • 2009-2013: TERRECO: Evaluation of insect biodiversity and natural pest control in South Korean landscapes (DFG/IRTG)