Biologist and Specialised Journalist
Nicole Nöske studied Biology with focus on botany, microbiology, journalism and communication at the Georg-August -Universität Göttingen (Germany), from which she also received her PhD in Biology. For her diploma thesis (1998-2000) she studied the biodiversity of epilithic lichens in an arboretum in Sardinia in cooperation with the University of Sassari (Italy). During her PhD studies (2001-2005), she investigated the effects of land use on the diversity of epiphytic lichens and bryophytes in a mountain rain forest in southern Ecuador. This investigation was part of the multidisciplinary DFG research project FOR 402, and was carried out in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de Loja (Ecuador) and the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum of the Free University of Berlin (Germany). From 2005-2008 she was trained as a Specialised Journalist at the Freie Journalistenschule Berlin (Germany).
From 2004-2012 she worked freelance for various biological database and internet projects (BRENDA, LIAS, LIAS Light , Morph D -Base). In 2012, she co-founded the company BIO-Diverse, which activities focus on the research and communication of biological diversity, and of which she is CEO together with Dr. Luciana Zedda.
Nicole Nöske is specialized in the study of biodiversity and ecology, especially of lichens and bryophytes (e.g., design of projects, assessment of diversity patterns, species identification), in the design and content maintenance of databases (quality control, data entry, literature retrieval and analysis), in science communication (editing, writing articles, project coordination, social media) and in knowledge transfer (conception and implementation of environmental educational projects, workshops etc.). She works as project partner or as service provider for science, for educational institutions and for enterprises. Nicole Nöske is ibn member since December 2013.