Research and teaching at the Chair focus on the application of economic knowledge to problems of environmental and resource management, in particular the preservation of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Methods and approaches include, among others, ecological-economic modelling, the development of decision support software, as well as stakeholder interviews and choice experiments.

Bachelor- and Mastertheses

Dear Students, if you are interested in writing a Bachelor- or Masterthesis at our chair, you can now find a list of possible thesis topics at our homepage. You are also invited to discuss a topic of your choice with us. In case of further interest, please contact us during consultation hours.


On June 23, the consultation hour with Prof. Wätzold is canceled.

Consultation hour of Prof. Wätzold in summer semester 2021: every Wednesday 2 - 3 pm and is carried out via Webex. If you want to talk with Prof. Wätzold please contact Regina Kirsche (email: regina.kirsche(at) She will send the webex-link.

  • Presentations accepted for the 26th EAERE (23.-25.06.2021): "Modelling the cost-effective spatio-temporal allocation of conservation measures in agricultural landscapes facing climate change" by Charlotte Gerling, and "Assessing cost-effectiveness advantages of state-dependent agri-environment schemes" by Lutz P. Hecker
  • Presentation by Oliver Schöttker at the topic of "Economic Perspectives on Land Change" for the lecture course "Land Change Science" at the Department of Geography - Earth System Science at the University Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Prof. Wätzold was re-appointed a member of the Scientific Committee for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Biodiveristät und Genetische Ressourcen) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
  • Presentation of the DFG projekt TrophCost at the 18th Biodiversity Exploratories assembly, 23.-26. February.
  • Organization of the Workshop „Insurance against climate risks“ in the topical area „Dealing with climate risks” in the dialogue of climate economics on February 22, 2021 (Link)
  • Catrin Spring successfully defendet her dissertation.
  • Working Paper: Charlotte Gerling, Martin Drechsler, Klaus Keuler, Johannes Leins, Kai Radtke, Björn Schulz, Astrid Strum, and Frank Wätzold (2021): Cost-effective conservation in the face of climate change: combining ecological-economic modelling and climate science for the cost-effective spatio-temporal allocation of conservation measures in agricultural landscapes (Link)
  • The Chair now has a Twitter-account:

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