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Small islands in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Bikkia gaudichaudiana, growing on small islands in Raja Ampat

Paradisea rubra displaying on Gam island, Raja Ampat


I am an ecologist with special interest in plant functional ecology, biogeography and conservation biology. I have a broad interest in research spanning from species ecological strategy to community assembly processes at different spatial scales and global patterns of biodiversity. I use plants, birds and insects as models.

My research links three major topics in ecology: biogeography, functional traits and ecosystem functioning. I am combing these fields by linking species level, community level and macroecological data. In a nutshell, I am focusing on the following questions:

  • How do plants adapt to different abiotic and biotic factors?
  • How do species communities assemble and which are the underlying drivers?
  • How can plant functional traits help to understand species ecological strategy?
  • What are the causes of habitat fragmentation on species conservation?

I am currently working together with Prof. Dr. Mark Westoby and Prof. Dr. Ian J. Wright at the Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. I hold a Macquarie University Research Fellowship.

Contact: jschrader[at]