Academic Career and Research Areas
Dr. Monika Egerer (*1990) researches the ecology and management of production-oriented ecosystems in and around cities. She pursues an interdisciplinary research approach that analyzes connections between biodiversity, environmental and climate protection, ecosystem services and social-ecological issues in urban agricultural systems. A strong focus is on the role of insects and plant biodiversity in urban ecosystems, specifically in the context of habitat management, urbanization and climate change.
Prof. Egerer studied Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz for her PhD. After several research stays in Australia, she joined the Institute of Ecology at the Technical University of Berlin as an IPODI postdoctoral fellow in 2019. In 2020, Prof. Egerer was appointed to the professorship for Urban Productive Ecosystems in the TUM School of Life Sciences (Life Science Systems).
- EE 30 Under 30, North American Association for Environmental Education (2020)
- Sustainability Travel Award, Sustainability Editorial Board, MDPI (2019)
- Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Environmental Studies Dept., University of California, Santa Cruz (2016)
- H. Lewis Batts Prize, Biology Dept., Kalamazoo College (2013)
- Enlightened Leadership for Sustainability and Environmental Activism Scholarship, Kalamazoo College (2009)
Key Publications (all publications)
Egerer M, Haase D, McPhearson T, Frantzeskaki N, Andersson E, Nagendra H, Ossola A: “Urban change as an untapped opportunity for climate adaptation”. npj Urban Sustain. 2021; 1(22).Abstract
Egerer, M., Kowarik, I.:“Confronting the Modern Gordian Knot of Urban Beekeeping”. Trends Ecol. Evol. 0. 2020; 1–4.Abstract
Lin, B.B., Egerer, M.H.: “Global social and environmental change drives the management and delivery of ecosystem services from urban gardens: A case study from Central Coast”. California. Glob. Environ. Chang. 2020; 60, 1–10.Abstract
Egerer, M., Ossola, A., Lin, B.B.: “Creating socioecological novelty in urban agroecosystems from the ground up”. Bioscience 68. 2018; 25–34.Abstract
Ossola, A., Egerer, M.H., Lin, B.B., Rook, G., Setälä, H.: “Lost food narratives can grow human health in cities”. Front. Ecol. Environ. 16. 2018; 560–562.Abstract