The foundation’s domicile in Greifswald.


Chief executive office

Uli Gräbener

Uli Gräbener


Uli Gräbener, biologist with a broad background in natural sciences, is the foundation’s CEO. Having worked for large environmental organisations he is well experienced in projects of nature protection as well as in post-soviet transition countries. At the UNESCO Moscow office he was in charge of the programs “Biosphere reserves" and "World Natural Heritage” for five years. During the recent ten years with the WWF he has been responsible for “Monitoring and evaluation, quality management and efficiency in nature protection”. In his work at the Michael Succow Foundation he feels mainly driven by the question, how protection and sustainable use may be combined.


e-mail: info(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834-41255-73

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22


Friederike Badura-Wichtmann and Thomas Beil


Thomas Beil

Friederike Badura-Wichtmann and Thomas Beil are the Michael Succow Foundation's Deputy Executive Officers.   Agricultural engineer Friederike Badura-Wichtmann is in charge of finances and personell at the Michael Succow Foundation. The biologist Thomas Beil is mainly involved with the “Greifswald Agricultural Initiative” and the foundations “National Natural Heritage”-estates



e-mail: badura-wichtmann(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-11

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22

e-mail: thomas.beil(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-15

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22



Susanne Abel

Susanne Abel


Susanne Abel, a graduated biologist, has been working in different peatland related projects of Greifswald University since 2010. after developing a decision support system for a wise utilization of peatlands, she specialised on paludiculture through establishing a database "Potential Paludiculture Plants (DPPP)". From December 2015 she is coordinating the joint project „Deutscher Moorschutzdialog: Impulse für Klimaschutz, Biodiversität und nachhaltige Landnutzung auf Mooren (German dialogue for peatland and climate protection)“ .


e-mail: susanne.abel(at)
Tel.: 49 (0)3834 - 83542-20


Viktoria Boese-Kim

Viktoria Boese-Kim


Viktoria Boese-Kim has about 10 year working experience in the different international projects of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan in area of protected areas, land resources management, climate change, waste research, and others. she was an assistant to UNFCCC Focal Point in Turkmenistan and finished a Master of “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation” in 2012. At the Michael Succow Foundation she is assisting in projects with Turkmenistan.






Jonathan Etzold

Jonathan Etzold


Jonathan Etzold, a graduated Landscape Ecologist, has been working in research projects for nature protection since 2001,in Russia, Centralasia and primarily in the Caucasus. Since 2004 he is working free lance for the Michael Succow Foundation. In his work he is mainly focussing on solutions for problems caused by intensive land use such as overgrazing.




e-mail: jonathan.etzold(at)


Greta Gaudig

Greta Gaudig


Greta Gaudig is Head of the Greifswald Mire Centre jointly with Franziska Tanneberger. The Greifswald Mire Centre is a science-policy-practice interface for all peatland related questions – locally and globally. It was founded as a cooperation of the University of Greifswald, the Michael Succow Foundation and the Institute of Sustainable Development of Landscapes of the Earth (German: Institut für Dauerhaft Umweltgerechte Entwicklung von Naturräumen der Erde, DUENE e.V.) in 2015. Greta Gaudig is a biologist focussing on ecology and sustainable bog management.


e-mail: greta.gaudig(at) 

Tel.: +49 (0)38 34 - 42046- 92


Simon Günzel

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Simon Günzel studied geography (B.Sc.) at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and wrote his bachelor thesis on small-scale vanilla production in biosphere reserves in Madagascar. He then completed the master's program International Area Studies (M.Sc.) and during his master's thesis he specialized in soil science and terra-preta research. In the Succow Foundation he is currently coordinating the project "HumussaufAcker!".


e-mail: simon.guenzel(at)



Andreas Haberl



Landscape ecologist Andreas Haberl specialises in peatland ecology and paleo-ecology. Besides his expertise in these areas, he assists many of our projects with his well-founded knowledge of natural history. The regional emphasis of his work for our foundation centers on the Southern Caucasus, Iran and Russia.




e-mail: andreas.haberl(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-19


Sophie Hirschelmann


Sophie Hirschelmann specialized on international nature conservation during her studies of Landscape Ecology. In internships in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region she gained experience in international cooperation for sustainable resource management. In her diploma thesis she analyzed the social-ecological system of reed use in a river delta in Kazakhstan. In the foundation she is responsible for projects on the development of biosphere reserves and research and education, mainly in the Caucasus region.


e-mail: sophie.hirschelmann(at)
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-14


Fatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi Kamali


Fatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi KamaliFatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi Kamali is a project coordinator for Iran’s projects at the Michael Succow Foundation. She has a special interest in participatory methods of natural resource management. After graduating with an MA in Environmental Assessment and monitoring from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) she was working with the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA) in Iran. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow at the Michael Succow Foundation she was researching the enhancement of protected area management of biosphere reserves in Iran.


e-mail: morvarid.kamali(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-18


Nina Körner

Nina Körner


Nina Körner studied East European Studies. For the Michael Succow Foundation and the Greifswald Moor Centrum she is coordinating press and public relations. Apart from communication in print, online and social media chanels for both institutions and their projects this includes networking and knowledge transfer.




e-mail: nina.koerner(at)
Tel.: 49 (0)3834 - 83542-0


Christina Lechtape



Christina supports the Michael Succow Foundation within the project MORGEN. She is a Landscape Ecologist and focusses in her work on motivations and strategies of landusers. For her diploma thesis she analysed the opportunities for a transboundary biosphere reserve in the Rominta Forest. She then worked at Greifswald University in the project SULAMA (Sustainable Land Management in Madagascar).



e-mail: christina.lechtape(at)
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-26


Kirsten Meuer

Kirsten Meuer 

As a landscape ecologist, Kirsten Meuer has been engaged in natural resource management projects in Africa and Nepal. Since 2009, she has been working in collaborative protected area management for the German development cooperation (GIZ and DED). Since October 2014 she is supporting the foundation's project "Development of a Biosphere reserve at Indawgyi-Lake" on site in Myanmar.


Kirsten Meuer is currently on maternity leave.



e-mail: kirsten.meuer(at)


Renée Moreaux

Renée Moreaux


Renée Moreaux graduated in landscape ecology and specialized in international nature conservation with experiences from Ecuador and Ethiopia. Her thesis dealt with a social-ecological approach to forest rehabilitation in the Lake Tana region (Ethiopia). Since July 2014, Renée is supporting the organisation of international projects of the foundation, mainly working on the development of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia.




e-mail: renee.moreaux(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-18 

Anke Nordt


Anke NordtAnke Nordt supports the Greifswald Mire Centre in raising means from research, innovation, implementation and consulting funds. The Greifswald Mire Centre is a science-policy-practice interface for all peatland related questions – locally and globally. It was founded as a cooperation of the University of Greifswald, the Michael Succow Foundation and the Institute of Sustainable Development of Landscapes of the Earth (German: Institut für Dauerhaft Umweltgerechte Entwicklung von Naturräumen der Erde, DUENE e.V.) in 2015. Anke Nordt is a landscape ecologist focussing on knowledge transfer and implementation of paludiculture.


E-mail: anke.nordt(at)


Jan Peters

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Landscape ecologist Jan Peters is coordinating the Peatland and Climate Change programme of Succow Foundation with projects in Germany, the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. His personal focus is on policy analyses, dialogue processes and project management.

He gained experiences in various international projects in the fields of biodiversity conservation and development cooperation in Asia and Africa. Previously, he worked in a climate change adaptation project of the German development cooperation for rural communities in India.


e-mail: jan.peters(at)

phone: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-17


Felix Reichelt



Felix Reichelt is a landscape ecologist (M.Sc.). In his thesis he worked on assessing greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands. To do so he refined the approach of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Site Types (GESTs) developed at Greifswald University, and tested its practical application. At the Michael Succow Foundation he assessing the greenhouse gas balance of peatlands within the municipal area of Greifswald.



e-mail: felix.reichelt(at)


Sabrina Rilke

Sabine Rilke Sabrina Rilke, Dr. rer. nat. is a botanist with focus on taxonomy (Salsola, Chenopodiaceae) and has been working at the universities of Kassel and Greifswald. Excursions took her to South America, Africa and Central and Central Asia. At NABU she has been involved in nature conservation. At the Michael Succow Foundation she is responsible for building a virtual information system on the flora of Central Asia.



E-mail: sabrina.rilke(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-10


Luise Rothe

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After Luise Rothe finished her studies in landscape ecology in Greifswald she started 2016 working at the Succow foundation. She is involved in managing the foundation’s nature protection sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. Parts of them belong to the national nature heritage which is developed or preserved by the foundation. Within the Hotspot-project Luise coordinates the development of a smartphone app. Together with her colleague Simon Günzel she is additionally occupied creating information portal for the Protestant church in Northern Germany on sustainable options for church estates.




e-mail: jan.peters(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-17


Anja Salzer

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Anja Salzer studied Cultural Anthropology and Geography and is holding a Ph.D. in Educational Sciences with a research focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Her specialization is on eco-social change, civil society participation, land-use and degradation and in particular pasture management. Within her transdisciplinary research and practice, she applies action oriented and ethnographic approaches, with qualitative and quantitative methods. She has work experience in the coordination and facilitation of various projects in the field of formal and informal capacity building, networking and knowledge management for universities and civil society, the management of natural resources, global and environmental education, as well as gender and evaluation. Currently Anja works as a free-lancer consultant, researcher, author, trainer and moderator and as a part-time post-doc within a research project on commons use and management.

For the Succow Foundation she coordinates a project for the development of a biospherereserve in the Caucasus.



Dr. Nina Seifert

Nina Seifert


Nina Seifert, a biologist focussing on ornithology and animal ecology, has already been working at the Southern and the Northern border of the Western Palaearctic bird migration system. Subsequent to her studies in Münster, Greifswald and Svalbard, she finished her PhD on the ecology and conservation of the Baillon's Crake in West-Africa at the Greifswald university. Since 2014 she is working for the Succow foundation and is responsible for the management of the foundation's National heritage sites in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Brandenburg.




e-mail: nina.seifert(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-12


Verena Seitz

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Verena Seitz studied European Studies. She coordinates Michael Succow's appointments and correspondence. In cooperation with management and foundation board, she is also in charge of fundraising and donor relations.






e-mail: verena.seitz(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-13


Jessica von Stryk



Biologist Jessica von Stryk is responsible for the Programme Library for Peatland Research and Conservation (PeNCIL) currently being established. Being with the foundation from the very beginnings she has gathered remarkable expertise on database management of literature and pictures for this task. Jessica von Stryk also coordinates programmes for volunteers (“FÖJ” and “BfD”) and internships at the Michael Succow Foundation. As project assistant she supports the international projects of the foundation.


e-mail: jessica.von.stryk(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-25


Dr. Franziska Tanneberger

Franziska Tanneberger


Franziska Tanneberger is Head of the Greifswald Mire Centre jointly with Greta Gaudig. The Greifswald Mire Centre is a science-policy-practice interface for all peatland related questions – locally and globally. It was founded as a cooperation of the University of Greifswald, the Michael Succow Foundation and the Institute of Sustainable Development of Landscapes of the Earth (German: Institut für Dauerhaft Umweltgerechte Entwicklung von Naturräumen der Erde, DUENE e.V.) in 2015. Franziska Tanneberger is a landscape ecologist focussing on sustainable fen management.


e-mail: franziska.tanneberger(at)


Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann


Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann holds engineering degrees in rural economy and agriculture. Since his PhD dissertation, he has focused on hydromorphic soils, which also form the main part of his work for the Michael Succow Foundation. He is involved in several projects concerning peatland revitalisation, renewable resources, biomass utilisation, and land use. In addition, he has held the volunteer position of managing director of DUENE e.V. (Institute for Sustainable Development landscapes of the Earth).



e-mail: wichtmann(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-16


Jens Wunderlich



Upon completion of his geography degree, Jens Wunderlich worked on projects in German and international development co-operation. He supported the implementation of the UN Biodiversity Convention and the Agreement to Combat Desertification in Central Asia. As a staff member of the Michael Succow Foundation, his responsibilities include the internationalisation and further development of protected areas in Central Asia as well as satellite image analysis for various foundation projects.



e-mail: jens.wunderlich(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)38 34 - 83542-24


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