About: Dr. Marten Winter is a trained wildlife and macroecologist, music nerd, drummer and most importantly he is leading sDiv, the Synthesis Centre of iDiv, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig. He already started working on non-native introduced species (aliens) with his diploma thesis at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg about the history and ecology of the North American Raccoon, one of the most widespread alien mammals in Europe. He did his PhD at the University of Bern (CH) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Halle (GER) from 2005-2008 on the global homogenization of faunas and floras, also sometimes called the biological McDonaldization. After several Postdocs (e.g. in Fribourg, CH and for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC) he started to lead sDiv in Leipzig in 2012.
In his daily job he serves two functions. As scientist he loves maps and aliens. He tries to reveal patterns and processes of species invasions across space and time. He also works on nature conservation questions, such as why and how we should conserve evolutionary history. As coordinator of sDiv he among many other duties takes care of the international scientists in his team and the working groups visiting sDiv. He helps them shaping their agendas and content of their scientific projects to work towards successful synthesis projects. Synthesis in this context means collecting, re-analyzing and re-interpreting existing data, knowledge and theories to produce new insights. As expert on biological invasions he served in the past as appraiser in governmental hearings and different media, such as TV and Radio. At the end of the day he usually talks about the beauty of nature, either in reality or being expressed in music by his former band Neun Welten or his new band WAL (wal-band.bandcamp.com).