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Anne Blach Overgaard

Ph.d., Center Manager, Centerkoordinator

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Anne Blach-Overgaard

Center Manager, Centerkoordinator

  • Institut for Bioscience - Center for Biodiversitetsdynamik i en verden under Forandring
  • Institut for Bioscience - Økoinformatik og biodiversitet
Postaddresse:
Ny Munkegade 116
1540, 334
8000
Aarhus C
Danmark

E-mail: anne.overgaard@bios.au.dk

Mobil: +4593508913

CURRICULUM VITAE - Updated 04.01.2019
PERSONAL DATA: Born 16. September 1976. Married, 2 children (Ella b. 2010; Asta b. 2013), 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:

2017- Center Manager. BIOCHANGE - Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World. Aarhus University
2014-2017 PostDoc. Aarhus University (with Signe Normand/ Jens-Christian Svenning/ Jacob Nabe-Nielsen)
2013 Research scientist. Aarhus University (with W. Daniel Kissling)
2008 Research assistant. The Climate Secretariate. Aarhus University
2007-2012 PhD student. 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:

Mainresearch 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:

16 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals; 1 paper in Nature, 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, 1 paper in Journal of 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:

Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand,S., Rüger, N., Beck, P.S.A., Blach-Overgaard, A. et al. 2018. Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature 562: 57-62.


Droissart, V., Dauby, G., Hardy, O.J., Deblauwe, V., Harris,D.J., Janssens, S., Mackinder, Barbara A., Blach-Overgaard, A. et al. 2018. Beyond trees: Biogeographical regionalizationof tropical Africa. Journal of Biogeography 45, 1153-1167.


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 data improve 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, the African palms. Scientific Reports. 5: 12611.


Gruca M, Blach-Overgaard A, Balslev H. 2015. African palm ethno-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 tropical biodiversity hotspot (Thailand) assessed by species distribution modeling.Nordic Journal of Botany. 33: 214-224.


Blach-Overgaard A, Kissling WD, Dransfield J, Balslev H, Svenning J-C. 2013. Multimillion-year climatic effects on palm species diversity in Africa. 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 palm species 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. Environmental and anthropogenic determinants of vegetation distribution across Africa. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 20: 661-674.


Roncal J, Blach-Overgaard A, Borchsenius F, Balslev H,Svenning J-C. 2011. A Dated Phylogeny Complements Macroecological Analysis to Explain 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: the relative roles of climate, non-climatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints.Ecography. 33: 380-391.


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


CITATION STATISTICS:

Google Scholar: 369 citations, H-index = 11

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-ongoing)

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, EVENTS AND MEDIA:

27 talks given at international workshops, meetings or as invited guest lectures; interviewed for newspaper article featured in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende 22.02.2013; organizer of exhibition at Alumni-day 2018 at Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University; Kick-off meeting at BIOCHANGE 2018, and Inauguration of Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) 2017 at Aarhus University; co-organiser of large palm versus climate exhibition (“Kommer der palmer til Danmark?”) at Forskningens Døgn 2008.

Titles of talks/feature arcticle/exhibitions: Research at BIOCHANGE (Exhibition at Alumni-day at Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University 04.04.2018); Risk assessments of climate change impacts on key-stone trees in the Maasai Mara ecosystem (Talk given at a local stakeholder meeting in Maasai Mara, Kenya 19.02.2018); Klima, Biodiversitet og Økoinformatik (Talk given at the annual practical for high school students at Aarhus University 26.10.2017); Klimaets betydning for biodiversiteten (Talk given at Skelager Kirke, 02.11.2017); Meet the data (Talk given at the ARCFUNC International workshop, Aarhus University 14.06.2017); Accounting for dispersal constrints and biotic interactions - range dynamics of Arctic Shrubs under climate change (Talk given at weekly HISTFUNC meeting, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University May 2017); 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)); Arctic vegetation under climate change and other projects (Talk given at the Lab-day at Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University (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)); Arctic vegetation under climate change (Talk given at the Lab-day at Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University (15.05.2014))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 Lab-day at Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University (2015)); Vulnerability of African palms to 21st century climate change and human impact (Talk given at the 1st RAINBIO 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 in Berlingske 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 of climate, nonclimatic environmental factors, and spatial constraints (Talk given in 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 and diversity patterns of the African palm flora (Talk given in the Biogeography and 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:

Fieldwork in Maasai Mara, Kenya (February 2018); 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).