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Anne Blach Overgaard

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Anne Blach-Overgaard

Postdoc

  • Department of Bioscience - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity
Postal address:
Ny Munkegade 116
1540, 325
8000
Aarhus C
Denmark

Email: anne.overgaard@bios.au.dk

Phone: +4587154328

CURRICULUM VITAE - Updated 21.12.2016
PERSONAL DATA: Born 16. September 1976. Married, 2 children, Danish citizen
MATERNITY LEAVES: 9 August 2010 – 25 July 2011; 8 July 2013 – 31 March 2014

EDUCATION:

2012 Ph.D. in Macroecology. Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
2009 M.Sc. Biology. Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
2006 B.Sc. Biology. Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
2004 National Diploma in Nature Conservation. Technikon Pretoria, South Africa

EMPLOYMENTS (relevant):

2014 PostDoc. Aarhus University (with Ass. Prof. Signe Normand)
2013 Research assistant. Aarhus University (with Ass. Prof. W. Daniel Kissling)
2008 Research assistant. The Climate Secretariate. Aarhus University
2007 Student assistant. Danish Ministry of the Environment. Environment Centre Aalborg, Denmark
2005 Student assistant. Waterframe (Consultancy /w. Christian Dieperink). Ry, Denmark
2004 Nature guide. Environmental Training Group. Johannesburg, South Africa
2003 Student (1 year experiental training for Nat. Dipl. in Nature Conservation). Kgaswane Mountain Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park, North West Parks and Tourism Board, South Africa

GRANTS:

Main research projects funded: Agropolis Foundation, France: 180,000€, 2015-2017 (PI: T. Couvreur, IRD, Yaoundé, Cameroon); CESAB, France: 180,000€, 2014-2016 (PI: T. Couvreur, IRD, Yaoundé, Cameroon); Ingeniør Svend G. Fiedler & hustrus legat, 9,000 DKK, 2009 (PI: A. B. Overgaard)

PUBLICATIONS:

14 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals; 2 papers in Scientific Reports, 1 paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences, 1 paper in Ecology, 1 paper in Ecography, 2 papers in Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Thesis:
Blach-Overgaard, A. A macroecological study of the African palms. (PhD thesis) Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity Group, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

Peer-reviewed:
Sosef, M., Dauby, G. Blach-Overgaard, A. et al. 2017. Exploring the floristic diversity of tropical Africa. BMC Biology. 15:15

Dauby, G., Zaiss, R. Blach-Overgaard, A. et al. 2016. RAINBIO: a mega-database of tropical African vascular plant distributions. Phytokeys. 74: 1-18.


Kissling WD, Blach-Overgaard A, Zwaan RE, Wagner P. 2016. Historical colonization and dispersal limitation supplement climate and topography in shaping species richness of African lizards (Reptilia: Agaminae). Scientific Reports. 6: 34014.


Deblauwe V, Droissart V, Bose R, Sonke B, Blach-Overgaard A, Svenning JC, et al. 2016. Remotely sensed temperature and precipitation dataimprove species distribution modelling in the tropics. Global Ecology andBiogeography. 25: 443-454.


Gruca M, Blach-Overgaard A, Dransfield J, Balslev H. 2016.Medicinal palms (Arecaceae) in Madagascar—undocumented or underutilized?Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 182: 517-525


Blach-Overgaard A, Balslev H, Dransfield J, Normand S,Svenning J-C. 2015. Global-change vulnerability of a key plant resource, theAfrican palms. Scientific Reports. 5: 12611.


Gruca M, Blach-Overgaard A, Balslev H. 2015. African palmethno-medicine. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 165: 227-237.


Tovaranonte J, Blach-Overgaard A, Pongsattayapipat R, SvenningJ-C, Barfod AS. 2015. Distribution and diversity of palms in a tropicalbiodiversity hotspot (Thailand) assessed by species distribution modeling.Nordic Journal of Botany. 33: 214-224.


Blach-Overgaard A, Kissling WD, Dransfield J, Balslev H, SvenningJ-C. 2013. Multimillion-year climatic effects on palm species diversity inAfrica. Ecology. 94: 2426-2435.


Rakotoarinivo M, Blach-Overgaard A*, Baker WJ, Dransfield J,Moat J, Svenning J-C. 2013. Palaeo-precipitation is a major determinant of palmspecies richness patterns across Madagascar: a tropical biodiversity hotspot.Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 280: 20123048.(*Shared first author)


Greve M, Lykke AM, Blach-Overgaard A, Svenning J-C. 2011. Environmentaland anthropogenic determinants of vegetation distribution across Africa. GlobalEcology and Biogeography. 20: 661-674.


Roncal J, Blach-Overgaard A, Borchsenius F, Balslev H,Svenning J-C. 2011. A Dated Phylogeny Complements Macroecological Analysis toExplain the Diversity Patterns in Geonoma (Arecaceae). Biotropica. 43: 324-334.


Blach-Overgaard A, Svenning JC, Dransfield J, Greve M,Balslev H. 2010. Determinants of palm species distributions across Africa: therelative roles of climate, non-climatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints.Ecography. 33: 380-391.


Blach-Overgaard A, Svenning JC, Balslev H. 2009. Climatechange sensitivity of the African ivory nut palm, Hyphaene petersiana Klotzsch ex Mart. (Arecaceae) – a keystonespecies in SE Africa. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 8:012014.

CITATION STATISTICS:

Google Scholar: 225 citations, H-index = 7

INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUPS:

sTUNDRA working group, 2014- incl. sDIV workshop on scaling shrub expansion from site to biome, 2015

MMSDI network: Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative. Aarhus University (2014-2016)
RAINBIO working group (Dynamique de la forêt tropicale en afrique: implications pour la conservation de la biodiversité tropicale), Centre for Synthesis and Analysis for Biodiversity (CESAB), (2013-2016)

RAPHIA: Palms for the future of Africa: Multidimensional approaches to the socio-economics, resili-ence and sustainable harvesting of Raphia species in Cameroon. UMR DIADE, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). (2015-2017)

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS:

6 conference talks and 9 posters presented at international conferences (amongst others: PALMS 2010: International Symposium on the Biology of the Palm Family, CIRAD & IRD, Montpellier, France, 2010; 4th. Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Merida, Mexico, 2009)

Talks:

Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact (Aarhus University, XIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Aarhus, Denmark, 2013), Determinants of the geographic ranges of African palm species - the relative roles of climate, habitat, human impact, and spatial constraints (CIRAD & IRD, France, PALMS 2010: International Symposium on the Biology of the Palm Family, Montpellier, France, 2010), Determinants of palm (Arecaceae) species distributions across Africa - the relative roles of climate, non-climatic environmental factors and spatial constraints (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, IX Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), London, England, 2009), Geographic distribution and diversity patterns of the African palm flora (12th Nordic Meeting on Neotropical Botany, Turku, Finland, 2008), Geographic distribution and diversity pattern of the African palm flora (The Gardens of the Trauttmansdorff Castle, Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, VIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Merano, Italy, 2008)

Posters:

Greve, M., Svenning, J.-C., Lykke, A. M. & Blach-Overgaard, A. Determinants of vegetation distribution at continental scale. The contribution of natural and anthropogenic factors. 5th. Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Crete, 2011; Tovaranonte, J., Barfod, A.S., Blach-Overgaard, A., Pongsattayapipat, R., Svenning, J.-C. & Balslev, H. Determinants of palm species distributions in Thailand -insights from species distribution modeling. CIRAD & IRD, France, PALMS 2010: International Symposium on the Biology of the Palm Family, Montpellier, France, 2010; Blach-Overgaard, A., Svenning, J.-C., Dransfield, J., Balslev, H. Predicting palm species distributions in Africa using remote sensing data and spatial filters. Beyond Kyoto, Aarhus, Denmark, 2009; Balslev, H., Eiserhardt, W.L., Svenning, J.-C., Borchsenius, F., Barfod, A.S., Kristiansen, T., Blach-Overgaard, A., Pedersen, D., de la Torre, L., Roncal, J. Palms, climate and subsistence in tropical forests. Beyond Kyoto, Aarhus, Denmark, 2009; Blach-Overgaard, A., Svenning, J.-C., Dransfield, J., Balslev, H. Predicting palm species distributions in Africa using remote sensing data and spatial filters. 4th. Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Merida, Mexico, 2009; Kristiansen, T., Overgaard, A., Bjorholm, S.W., Svenning, J.-C., Balslev, H. Palm diversity, data collection & fieldwork, why do we work with palms? VIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Merano, Italy, 2008; Kristiansen, T., Svenning, J.-C., Overgaard, A., Bjorholm, S.W., Balslev, H. Palms and temperature, VIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Merano, Italy, 2008; Kristiansen, T., Svenning, J.-C., Overgaard, A., Bjorholm, S.W., Balslev, H. Palms and water. VIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Merano, Italy, 2008; Overgaard, A., Svenning, J.-C. 2008, Palms in northern Europe by 2100? VIII Meeting of the European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS), Merano, Italy, 2008.

TALKS, EXHIBITIONS AND MEDIA:

19 talks given at international workshops or as invited guest lectures; interviewed for newspaper article featured in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende 22.02.2013; co-organiser of large palm versus climate exhibition (“Kommer der palmer til Danmark?”) at Forskningens Døgn 2008.

Titles: Klima, Biodiversitet og Økoinformatik (Talk given at the annual practical for high school students at Aarhus University 28.10.2016);   African Palms: distributions, diversity and future prospects (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University (23:09.2016)); Risk assessments of climate change impact on key-stone trees in the Maasai Mara ecosystem (Talk given at the Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative Seminar, Ree Park (25.08.2016)); Global-change vulnerability of palms in Africa (Talk given at Laboratoire d'EcologieAlpine (LECA), Université Grenoble Alpes (28.04.2016)); Understanding recentand future responses to climate change (Talk given at the sTUNDRA II WorkingGroup at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig(04.05.2015)); Afrikanske palmers udbredelses- og diversitetsmønstre - idag ogi fremtiden (Talk given at U-days 2015, Aarhus University (27.02.2015)); Arcticvegetation under climate change (Talk given at the section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University (15.05.2014)); Vulnerability of Africanpalms to 21st century climate change and human impact (Talk given at the 1stRAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence, France, 19.05.2014); African palmdatabase (Talk given at the 1st RAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence,France, 19.05.2014); Istiden formede tropernes regnskov (Newspaper article inBerlingske Tidende, 20.02.2013), Distribution and diversity patterns of African palms – now and in the future (PhD defence talk, 12.11.2012, Aarhus University),Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2012), Towards an understanding of the drivers of African palm richness (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2011),Determinants of palm distributions across Africa - the relative roles ofclimate, nonclimatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints (Talk givenin the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2009),Plantevæv: styrkevæv og ledningsvæv (Lecture given in the course Plants, Algaeand Fungi at Aarhus University, 2008), SAM - Spatial analysis in Macroecology(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2008), GIS, Biodiversitet og Klimaændringer (Biologilærerdag at AarhusUniversity, 2008), Towards predictions of the geographic distribution and diversity patterns of the African palm flora (Talk given in the Biogeographyand Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2008), Kommer der palmer til Danmark? (Exhibition at Forskningens Døgn, Aarhus University, 2008), SAM -Spatial analysis in Macroecology (Talk given in the Biogeography andMacroecology course at Aarhus University, 2007).AfricanPalms: distributions, diversity and future prospects (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at AarhusUniversity (23:09.2016)); Risk assessments of climate change impact on key-stone trees in the Maasai Mara ecosystem (Talkgiven at the Maasai Mara ScienceandDevelopment Initiative Seminar, Ree Park (25.08.2016)); Global-changevulnerability of palms in Africa (Talk given at Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine (LECA), Université Grenoble Alpes (28.04.2016)); Understanding recent and future responses to climate change (Talk given at the sTUNDRA II WorkingGroup at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig(04.05.2015)); Afrikanske palmers udbredelses- og diversitetsmønstre - idag ogi fremtiden (Talk given at U-days 2015, Aarhus University (27.02.2015)); Arcticvegetation under climate change (Talk given at the section for Ecoinformaticsand Biodiversity, Aarhus University (15.05.2014)); Vulnerability of Africanpalms to 21st century climate change and human impact (Talk given at the 1stRAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence, France, 19.05.2014); African palm database (Talk given at the 1st RAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence,France, 19.05.2014); Istiden formede tropernes regnskov (Newspaper article inBerlingske Tidende, 20.02.2013), Distribution and diversity patterns of Africanpalms – now and in the future (PhD defence talk, 12.11.2012, Aarhus University),Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2012), Towards an understanding of the drivers of African palm richness (Talkgiven in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2011),Determinants of palm distributions across Africa - the relative roles ofclimate, nonclimatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints (Talk givenin the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2009),Plantevæv: styrkevæv og ledningsvæv (Lecture given in the course Plants, Algaeand Fungi at Aarhus University, 2008), SAM - Spatial analysis in Macroecology(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2008), GIS, Biodiversitet og Klimaændringer (Biologilærerdag at AarhusUniversity, 2008), Towards predictions of the geographic distribution anddiversity patterns of the African palm flora (Talk given in the Biogeographyand Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2008), Kommer der palmer tilDanmark? (Exhibition at Forskningens Døgn, Aarhus University, 2008), SAM -Spatial analysis in Macroecology (Talk given in the Biogeography andMacroecology course at Aarhus University, 2007). AfricanPalms: distributions, diversity and future prospects (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at AarhusUniversity (23:09.2016)); Risk assessments of climate change impact on key-stone trees in the Maasai Mara ecosystem (Talk given at the Maasai Mara ScienceandDevelopment Initiative Seminar, Ree Park (25.08.2016)); Global-change vulnerability of palms in Africa (Talk given at Laboratoire d'EcologieAlpine (LECA), Université Grenoble Alpes (28.04.2016)); Understanding recent and future responses to climate change (Talk given at the sTUNDRA II Working Group at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig(04.05.2015)); Afrikanske palmers udbredelses- og diversitetsmønstre - idag og i fremtiden (Talk given at U-days 2015, Aarhus University (27.02.2015)); Arctic vegetation under climate change (Talk given at the section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University (15.05.2014)); Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact (Talk given at the 1stRAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence, France, 19.05.2014); African palm database (Talk given at the 1st RAINBIO meeting at CESAB, Aix en Provence,France, 19.05.2014); Istiden formede tropernes regnskov (Newspaper article inBerlingske Tidende, 20.02.2013), Distribution and diversity patterns of Africanpalms – now and in the future (PhD defence talk, 12.11.2012, Aarhus University),Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2012), Towards an understanding of the drivers of African palm richness (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2011),Determinants of palm distributions across Africa - the relative roles of climate, nonclimatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints (Talk givenin the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2009),Plantevæv: styrkevæv og ledningsvæv (Lecture given in the course Plants, Algae and Fungi at Aarhus University, 2008), SAM - Spatial analysis in Macroecology(Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University,2008), GIS, Biodiversitet og Klimaændringer (Biologilærerdag at AarhusUniversity, 2008), Towards predictions of the geographic distribution anddiversity patterns of the African palm flora (Talk given in the Biogeographyand Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2008), Kommer der palmer til Danmark? (Exhibition at Forskningens Døgn, Aarhus University, 2008), SAM -Spatial analysis in Macroecology (Talk given in the Biogeography and Macroecology course at Aarhus University, 2007).

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE/STAYS ABROAD/FIELDWORK:

Field work in Narsarsuaaq, Greenland (August 2014); Research stay w. Piet Stoffelen, The National Herbarium, Belgium (1 week, 2009); Research stay w. John Dransfield/William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew (2 weeks, 2008, 2009); Fieldwork - Novana monitoring, Denmark (June-August 2005; 2007); Educational stay in South Africa (3.5 years, 2001-2004); Fieldwork at Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, South Africa (March-August 2003); Fieldwork near Ellisras, South Africa (April 2002); Fieldwork at Mongena Game Ranch, South Africa (January 2002); Working and travelling in South Africa (9 months, 1998); Working and travelling in Israel (7 months, 1997); Travelling across New Zealand and Australia (2 months, 1996).