Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Ludmilla Figueiredo

PhD student


Ecosystem Modeling, Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (CCTB)
University of Würzburg

Emil-Fischer-Str 32 (Left entrance, Apartment L4), 97074 Würzburg

Tel: 0931 - 31 86380




I am interested in the eco-evolutionary processes involved in the formation, maintenance and decay of ecosystems. It fascinates me how the spatial and temporal dynamics observed there relate to ones present in other complex systems. With that in mind, I want to use the power of mechanistic models to disclose such commonalities and thus, not only further theoretical understanding, but also inform conservation practices.

I am investigating the mechanisms behind the persistence of extinction debts. I hope to go beyond the statistical approach mainly used currently and understand the impact of species extinction on  biotic interactions and ecological functions as well as its consequences across different ecological organizational levels.

I will use individual-based models to recreate the historical habitat perturbation of a landscape in the calcareous grasslands of Göttingen (Germany) and examine its impacts on plant and pollinator species. This project is the result of a partnership with the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology and is funded by the SFB 1047 Insect timing: mechanisms, plasticity and interactions and internal funds from department.

Curriculum Vitae

2017 - now PhD candidate Ecosystem Modeling (CCTB) and Department of Animal Ecology (Zoo III), University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
2013 - 2015 Master in Ecological Modelling University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France
2008 - 2013 Bachelor in Biological sciences University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil