PhD student

Benjamin Schnerch

Lehrgebäude 2 C, Raum 210 a
Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 6
03046 Cottbus
Tel.: 0355 / 69-3008
Fax: 0355 / 69-22 25
E-Mail:  benjamin.schnerch(at)

Field of research

Ground cover management in South African fruit production systems and related consequences for biological control services.

Benjamin Schnerch is investigating how different approaches of ground cover management simultaneously affect the provision of ecosystem services (pest control), disservices (pest infestation) and biodiversity (arthropods) under different climatic conditions. He aim to survey the diverse spider communities in South African fruit orchards.

Benjamin Schnerch holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Landuse and Water Management from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg.