10/2002–05/2008 Biology student at the Georg-August-University Göttingen.
Diploma thesis at the Centre for Nature Conservation at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, in Cooperation with the Biosphere reserve Rhön. „Diploma-Biologist“(with distinction)
Name of advisors: (Prof. Prof. h.c., Dr. Michael Mühlenberg and Dr. Eckhard Gottschalk)
Title of thesis: (Untersuchungen über Bestände und Gefährdung des Rebhuhns im Biosphärenreservat Rhön und Umgebung)

06/2009–11/2010 PhD student at the Georg-August-University Göttingen.

12/2010 – 06/2015 PhD student at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty Sustainability, Institute for Ecology, Ecosystem functions. “Vertebrates and insects as pest and biocontrol agents in agricultural landscapes of the Judean Foothills in Israel”. „Dr. rer. nat.“ (magna cum laude).
Name of advisors: Prof. Dr. Alexandra Maria Klein and Dr. Yael Mandelik
Title of thesis: Vertebrates and insects as pest and bio-control agents in agricultural landscapes of the Judean Foothills in Israel

Employment History

since 03/2018 Scientist for the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, southern branch. Long Term Socio – Ecological Research (LTSER) platform manager.
since 03/2018 Scientist for the Agricultural R&D (MOP), southern branch. Ecosystem services and dis-services to agriculture.
01/2014-12/2017 Project Coordinator for the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Jerusalem office. EU financed Partnership for Peace Project “Promoting Israeli-Palestinian cross-border cooperation in Nature Conservation and Eco-Tourism”.
11/2012-5/2013 Postdoc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot Campus. “The effect of sowing wild flowers along watermelon field edges on the diversity and abundance of pollinators and natural enemies”.

Professional Activities
Professional functions outside universities/institutions
since 01/2018 Owner of “eco way consultancy” private biological consultancy business. Preparation, coordination and implementation of conferences, workshops and biological/ecological projects.
Significant professional consulting

Since 09/2019 professional consultant for the HUB Eilot
Since 02/2018 professional consultant about nature conservation, environmental education and project creation for the environmental unit, Eilat municipality.
03/2018-04/2019 conference coordinator for the International Bird Observatory Conference in Eilat Israel for The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.

2005 DAAD 3 month scholarship for fieldwork in Madagascar

6/2011–5/2012 DAAD 1 year scholarship for PhD students

Scientific Publications

Refereed articles and refereed letters in scientific journals, running numbers

1. Schäckermann , J., Weiss , N., Wehrden , H. von & Klein, A.-M. (2014) High trees increase sunflower seed predation by birds in an agricultural landscape of Israel. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2, doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00035. (8 citations; IF 2.686; Q1 ecology, Q2 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics )

2. Schäckermann , J., Mandelik, Y., Weiss , N., Wehrden, H. von & Klein, A.-M. (2015a) Natural habitat does not mediate vertebrate seed predation as an ecosystem dis-service to agriculture. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 291-299. doi: 10.1111/1365–2664.12402. (9 citations; Impact factor: 5.78, Ranking 5/58 (Biodiversity Conservation), 14/164 (Ecology), Q1 Ecology)

3. Schäckermann , J., Pufal , G., Mandelik, Y. & Klein, A.-M. (2015b) Agro-ecosystem services and dis-services partially influenced by the surrounding landscape. Ecological Entomology, 40, 12-21. doi: 10.1111/een.12244. (8 citations; IF 2.073; Q1 Ecology, Q1 Insect Science)

4. Karp, D. S. et al. (2018) ‘Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), pp. E7863–E7870. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1800042115. (63 citations; IF 9.5804, 7/69 in Multidisciplinary, Q1 Multidiciplinary)

5. Weiss N., Haviv E., Alon D., Perlman Yo., Schäckermann J. (2019) How Fast Does the Steppe Eagle Population Decline? Survey Results from Eilat, Israel. – Raptors Conservation.. 38. 59-67. DOI: 10.19074/1814-8654-2019-38-59-67, metrics not available.

6. Angelstam, P. et al. (2019) ‘LTSER platforms as a place-based transdisciplinary research infrastructure: learning landscape approach through evaluation’, Landscape Ecology. Springer Netherlands, 34(7), pp. 1461–1484. doi: 10.1007/s10980-018-0737-6. (9 citations; IF 4.349; Q1 Ecology; Q1 Geography, Planning and Development; Q1 Nature and Landscape Conservation)

Lectures and Presentations at Meetings and Invited Seminars


Presentation of papers at conferences/meetings (oral or poster)

1. Schäckermann, J., Mandelik, Y. and Klein, A.M. 2011. Power poles and tall trees adjacent to sunflower fields increase pest damage caused by the invasive Rose-ringed parakeet in Israel. Conference lecture at the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Auckland, New Zealand, BoA p.149

2. Schäckermann, J., Klein, A.M. and Mandelik, Y. 2011. Landscape factors affecting Parakeet damage to sunflower fields in Israel. Conference lecture at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Oldenburg, Germany, BoA p. 111.

3. Schäckermann, J., Mandelik, Y., von Wehrden, H., Klein A.M., 2012. Landscape effects on bird and rodent communities and seed predation to agriculture in Israel. Conference lecture at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Lueneburg, Germany, BoA p.147.

4. Schäckermann, J., Mandelik, Y., von Wehrden, H., Klein A.M., 2013.השפעות אופי שטחים פתוחים על חברת העופות והמכרסמים ושיעור טריפת זרעים בשטחים חקלאיים. The effect of open spaces on bird and rodent communities and their seed predation rates in agriculture. Conference lecture at the 41st Annual Conference of the Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

5. Jessica Schäckermann; Elli Groner; Daniel Orenstein, 2019. Towards a LTSER-network-wide harmonized protocol for stakeholder and ecosystem service mapping – the case study of the Arava LTSER platform. Conference lecture at the ILTER 2nd OSM 2019 – the International Long Term Ecological Research Network 2nd Open Science Meeting, Leipzig, Germany, BoA p.99.

6. Orenstein, D., Schäckermann, J., 2019. The Arava LTSER platform. Lecture at LTER Israel conference, by Dead Sea and Arava Science Center and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Israel.

Presentations at other international seminars and workshops

1. Schäckermann, J., Mandelik, Y. and Klein, A.M. 2011. Biological pest control. What is possible? Lecture in workshop: Raptor pest control – The future of cross border cooperation. Hannst Seidel Foundation, Dead Sea, Jordan.

2. Schäckermann, J. 2011. Bird standing points affecting agricultural damage in Israel – a suggestion for resolving conflict with bee-eaters. Lecture in workshop by Bird Life Cyprus titled: The impact of bee-eaters on bees and possible alternative solutions for the management of areas with bee hives. Nicosia, Cyprus.

3. Schäckermann, J. 2015. Promoting Israeli-Palestinian cross-border cooperation in Nature Conservation and Eco-Tourism. Lecture at International Hanns Seidel Foundation meeting, MENA region. Tunis, Tunisia.

4. Schäckermann, J., 2016. Working across borders Opportunities, challenges and limitations. Presentation at Lunchtime Conference, Info Point EU Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, Brussels, Belgium.

5. Schäckermann, J., 2017. Towards a nature park building strategy in Palestine, Presentation at Borderless conservation of the ecological corridor Nature Conservation in Israel and Palestine, conference, The Society for the protection of Nature in Israel and Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with EU PfP. Tel Aviv, Israel.

6. Schäckermann, J., 2017. Masterplans for Nature Reserves in Palestine. Lecture at workshop meeting about Biodiversity and Nature Reserves in Palestine. Hanns-Seidel Foundation in cooperation with the Environmental Quality Authority of Palestine Ramallah, Palestine.

7. Schäckermann, J, Weiss, N. 2018. Research possibilities at the International Birding and Research Center Eilat. Lecture in workshop. The LTSER platform: Integrative socio-ecological knowledge production and learning, Dead Sea and Arava Science Center. Southern Arava, Israel.

8. Schäckermann, J., 2018. The Arava LTSER platform and ecosystem services in agricultural ecosystems. Lecture in lecture day Science and Research in the Southern Arava, by Dead Sea and Arava Science Center and Southern Arava R&D. Yotvata, Israel.

9. Schäckermann, J, Korine, C., 2020. Native insectivorous bats can provide pest control services in date agriculture. Lecture in the yearly date growers and date science lecture day by Southern Arava R&D. Yotvata, Israel.

Books and articles to be published
In preparation:
1. Schäckermann, J., Greenberg, A., (intended 2020) The development of desert agriculture in the Arava – challenges and smart inventions

2. Noam Weiss, Jessica Schäckermann, Eli Haviv, Dan Alon, Yoav Perlman, Shachar Shalev, Karin H Olsson, (intended 2020) Is the increasing occurrence of Oriental Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus) in winter in Eilat aided by an higher abundance of the Dwarf Honeybee (Apis florea)?

3. Ines Rosario, et al., Evaluation of citizen science programs in LTSER platforms.

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Work Address: Southern Arava R&D
Hevel Eilot 88820, Israel.

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