Urban ecology, plant ecology, nature conservation
Management of non-native and index species in national parks
Alterations in plant-plant interactions under conditions of global ecological change
Vegetation dynamics of riparian forests in arid regions
Scientific coordinator in the project "HeatResilientCity. Heat resilient development of cities and urban districts – knowledge generation with a focus on local residents and implementation in Dresden and Erfurt".
Research associate in the subproject "Management of non-native and index species" of the R+D-project "Interim survey and assessment of the state of implementation of the first evaluation of the German national parks and the progress of meeting quality standards, including the examination of species management and the treatment of alien species in the core zones of national parks".
Postdoc scholarship of the Maria-Reiche-Förderprogramm, TU Dresden. Topic: Effects of extreme drought on interspecific above- and belowground interactions of herbaceous species of oak-hornbeam forest.
Associated researcher at the Chair of Biodiversity and Nature conservation, TU Dresden
Research associate at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden, for the Research- and Teaching-Cluster "Ecosystems, biodiversity and sustainable spatial development"
Completion of the dissertation project "Urban brownfields – ecological processes and human perception"
Assistant lecturer at the Chair of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, TU Berlin and scholarship of "Berliner Programm zur Förderung der Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre"
PhD scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the Research Program "Perspectives on Urban Ecology II – Shrinking cities: structural changes as opportunities for the development of urban nature and enhanced environmental quality for city dwellers"
Tutor at the Chair of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, TU Berlin
Studies in landscape planning at the TU Berlin with focus on vegetation science, plant ecology and nature conservation. Diploma thesis: "Dendrochronological analysis of the age structure of Populus euphratica forests in the Tarim river floodplain in Xinjiang/China"
HeatResilientCity - Heat resilient development of cities and urban districts - knowledge generation with a focus on local residents and implementation in Dresden and Erfurt
Fritsche, M., Langner, M., Köhler, H., Ruckes, A., Schüler, D., Zakirova, B., Appel, K., Contardo, V., Diermayer, E., Hofmann, M., Kulemeyer, C., Meffert, P. & Westermann, J. (2007): Shrinking cities - a new challenge for research in urban ecology. In: Langner, M. & Endlicher, W. (Hrsg.). Shrinking Cities: Effects on Urban Ecology and Challenges for Urban Development. Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt: 17-33.
Hofmann, M., Westermann, J.R., Kowarik, I., van der Meer, E. (2012): Perceptions of parks and urban wilderness by landscape planners and residents. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 11: 303-312.
Kowarik, I., Fischer, L.K., Säumel, I., von der Lippe, M., Weber, F., Westermann, J.R. (2011): Plants in urban settings: from patterns to mechanisms and ecosystem services. In: Endlicher, W. et al. (Eds.): Perspectives of Urban Ecology. Ecosystems and Interactions between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin. Springer, pp. 135-166.
Westermann, J.R., von der Lippe, M. & Kowarik, I. (2011): Seed traits, landscape and environmental parameters as predictors of species occurrence in fragmented urban railway habitats. Basic and Applied Ecology 12: 29-37.
Westermann, J., Zerbe, S. & Eckstein, D. (2008): Age structure and growth of degraded Populus euphratica floodplain forests in NW China and perspectives for their recovery. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50 (5): 536–546.