Research Associate

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Training Mareike Aufderheide-Voigts studied organic agriculture (BSc) and sustainable international agriculture (MSc) at the universities of Kassel/Witzenhausen and Göttingen. She finished her Master’s Degree in February 2015.
Career Mareike Aufderheide-Voigts gathered experience in practical agriculture on a number of farms in Australia before starting her studies in Witzenhausen. During her studies she worked as a research assistant, first with the agroecology department and then with the DITSL. She has been member of their staff since 2012. Since 2015 she is working as Evaluation Officer and County Coordinator with CERES GmbH, a company for international organic certification. Since 2016 she is also working practically in dairy processing and cattle management on a farm in Namibia.
Research Her main research interest is in social systems as well as in livestock based land-use systems. She is also interested in research about methods for coexistence of predators and livestock.
MSc Thesis: Reproductive performance and modelled herd development of cattle kept by Borana pastoralists
in Southern Ethiopia
BSc Thesis: Working Conditions of Pastoralists and Employed Herders on Ranches from their own Perspective. A Case Study in Samburu and Laikipia District, Kenya.
Experience abroad
Mareike Aufderheide-Voigts has long-term experience in Australia, Kenya and Namibia. She also has short term experience in South Africa, Switzerland and Belgium.