Dr. Stefanie Heinicke

Postdoctoral Researcher

I joined the research group on Data-centric modeling of cross-sectoral climate impacts in March 2020, and I am currently working on the evaluation of climate impact model simulations as part of the ISIMIP Project.

Before joining PIK, my research focused on biodiversity and conservation. I studied International Nature Conservation at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University, New Zealand. I then did my PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig, Germany, on evidence-based conservation planning for chimpanzees in West Africa.


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Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Heinicke S, Frieler K, Jägermeyr J and Mengel M. 2022. Global gridded crop models underestimate yield responses to droughts and heatwaves. Environmental Research Letters, 17, 044026

Ordaz-Németh I, Sop T, Bala A, ... Heinicke S, ... Kühl HS. 2021. Range-wide indicators of African great ape density distribution. American Journal of Primatology, e23338

Andrasi B, Jaeger JAG, Heinicke S, Metcalfe K, Hockings KJ. 2021. Quantifying the road‐effect zone for a critically endangered primate. Conservation Letters, e12839

Sop T, Cheyne SM, Bachmann M, Gatiso T, Heinicke S, ... Kühl HS. 2021. The status of apes: a foundation for systematic, evidence-based conservation, State of the apes: killing, capture, trade and conservation, ed. Arcus Foundation (Arcus Foundation). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Heinicke S, Ordaz-Németh I, Junker J … Kühl HS. 2021. Open-access platform to synthesize knowledge of ape conservation across sites. American Journal of Primatology. 10.1002/ajp.23213

Co-editor: IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. 2020. Regional action plan for the conservation of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) 2020–2030. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

Heinicke S, Mundry R, Boesch C … Kühl HS. 2019. Towards systematic and evidence-based conservation planning for western chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology. 81:e23042

Heinicke S, Mundry R, Boesch C … Kühl HS. 2019. Advancing conservation planning for western chimpanzees using IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. – the case of a taxon-specific database. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 064001

Heinicke S, Mundry R, Boesch C … Kühl HS. 2019. Characteristics of positive deviants in western chimpanzee populations. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7:16

Voigt M, Wich SA, Ancrenaz M, Meijaard E, Abram N, Banes GL, Campbell-Smith G, d’Arcy LJ, Delgado RA, Erman A, Gaveau D, Goossens B, Heinicke S, ... Kühl HS. 2018. Global demand for natural resources eliminated more than 100,000 Bornean orangutans. Current Biology, 28, 761-769

Heinicke S, Kalan AK, Wagner OJJ, Mundry R, Lukashevich H & Kühl HS. 2015. Assessing the performance of a semi-automated acoustic monitoring system for primates. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6(7), 753-763

Kalan AK, Mundry R, Wagner OJJ, Heinicke S, Boesch C & Kühl HS. 2015. Towards the automated detection and occupancy estimation of primates using passive acoustic monitoring. Ecological Indicators, 54, 217-226