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Ferner, Jessica

Senior researcher (since 04/2017 on maternity leave)

Research interests:
  • Landscape ecology
  • Rangeland/Savanna ecosystem functioning
  • Ecosystem service of forage provision
  • (Hyperspectral) Remote sensing
  • Field spectroscopy
  • Land use/Land cover (LULC) change analysis
  • GIS applications
Study Areas:
  • Ghana
  • Burkina Faso
  • since 04/2017: Maternal leave
  • 09/2016 - 03/2017: Research Associate at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, within WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use).
  • since 02/2013: Affiliation to the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL-Bonn) Department of Geography
  • since 03/2012: PhD student, ZFL, Vegetation Geography, Bonn University
  • 07/2011: Diploma in Landscape ecology
    Focus: Identification and interpretation of LULC change in Goa, India with the help of remote sensing
  • 1/2007 – 12/2009: Student assistant (Working group Climatology ) at the Institute of landscape ecology
  • 10/2005 - 10/2011: Study of landscape ecology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany; Emphases: Restoration Ecology, Remote sensing, LULC change, Nature conservation (esp. Bat protection)
Current projects:
Recent publications:

Conference Contributions:

  • Ferner, J., A. Linstädter, S. Schmidtlein 2016. Seasonal dynamics of forage provision in West Africa: Towards a monitoring system based on Hyperion and Sentinel-2 (Talk). Oral presentation at the Annual ZFL Workshop, 14 April 2016, Bonn, Germany.
  • Ferner, J., A. Linstädter, R. Guuroh, S. Schmidtlein 2015. Complex interactions affect forage provision of West Africa's Sudanian Savannas (Poster). Poster presentation at the AK Fernerkundung, 24-25 September 2015, Bonn, Germany. [Download Poster]
  • Ferner, J., A. Linstädter, K-H. Südekum, R. Guuroh, S. Schmidtlein 2015. Remote sensing based study of forage characteristics of West African rangelands (Talk). Oral presentation at the annual ZFL workshop, 26 March 2015, Bonn, Germany.
  • Ferner, J., A. Linstädter, R. Guuroh, S. Schmidtlein 2013. Studying characteristics of West African rangelands in the context of climate change (Poster). Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), 26-30 June 2013, Tartu, Estonia. [Download Poster]

Peer reviewed

  • Guuroh, R., Ruppert, J.C., Ferner, J., Čanak, K., Schmidtlein, S., Linstädter, A., 2018. Drivers of forage provision and erosion control in West African savannas – A macroecological perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 251, 257-267. [DOI] [Download Paper]
  • Ferner, J., Linstädter, A., Südekum, K.H., Schmidtlein, S., 2015. Spectral indicators of forage quality in West Africa’s tropical savannas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 41, 99-106. [DOI] [Download PostPrint]


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