Cédric Scherer

Computational Ecology & Data Visualization

About Me

I am a computational ecologist by training and a data visualization designer by heart with more than 7 years of hypothesis-driven research experience and strong skills in data wrangling, statistical analysis and data visualization in R. I use statistical and simulation models to answer questions related to the movement ecology of animals and the dynamics of populations, communities and diseases in space and time. To visualize data I use mostly R and the package {ggplot2} from the {tidyverse} which I also use for all kinds of data preparation and analysis. In the spare time, I am a proud dad and husband spending as much time as possible with my family.

My PhD and PostDoc project are part of the BioMove RTG and I am working in the Department “Ecological Dynamics” at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin. During my PhD, I spent 2 months in the research lab of Prof. Wayne Getz at the UC Berkeley. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and a Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution & Nature Conservation at the University of Potsdam. In my theses I used both, empirical and simulation data, to investigate the possibility to predict wild boar behavior via acceleration (ACC) data, responses of birds to global change using an animal functional type approach and how disease dynamics are influenced by movement behavior and landscape structure using Classical Swine Fever in its wildlife host, the wild boar (Sus scrofa L.).

My passion for data, design, and coding is a perfect combination not only for scientific but all types of data visualization. By contributing to challenges such as TidyTuesday, MakeoverMonday, Storytelling with Data, and the 30 Day Map Challenge as well as by drafting personal projects I am recently strengthen my skills in reproducible data visualization with R and {ggplot2}. My portfolio includes now a number of visualizations for various purposes and is covering a wide range of topics and chart types.

Read more about my current and finished projects!
Have a look at my dataviz portfolio!
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Dr. Cédric Scherer
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)
Department “Ecological Dynamics”
Alfred-Kowalke-Straße 17, Room 2.4.05, 10315 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 5168 342 | Email: scherer[at]izw-berlin.de

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details

  • Day and Place of Birth: 27th of September 1986 in Berlin, Germany
  • Family Status: married with 1 dependent daughter (5 months parental leave in 2017-2018).

Education & Professional Experience

Trainings & Further Education

  • Workshop “Creative Visualization” (2018)
    organized by stiftundseil

  • Workshop “Patch Occupancy Modelling” (2018)
    held by Jean-Dominique Lebreton, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • Workshop “Scientific Writing” (2017)
    held by Volker Grimm, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

  • Workshop “Advanced Approaches in GIS and Remote Sensing” (2016)
    held by Alexander Brenning & Jannes Muenchow, University of Jena

  • Summer School “Animal Tracking Methods and Advanced Data Analyses” (2016)
    held by Jana Eccard & Melanie Dammhahn, University of Potsdam, Simon Ripperger, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Bram Van Moorter, NINA Norway, and Allert Bijleveld, NIOZ Netherlands

  • Workshop “Modelling Approach: Wildlife Populations & Diseases” (2016)
    held by Hans-Hermann Thulke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

  • Symposium “Emerging High-throughput Systems for Wildlife Tracking – The ATLAS System” (2016)
    organized by Ran Nathan and team at the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology, Jerusalem, Israel

  • Workshop “Advanced Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design” (2016)
    held by Katharina Merkel, University of Queensland, and Mareike Koppik, University of Muenster

  • Summer School “Spatio-Temporal Data Analyses & Big Data Processing” (2015)
    held by Giuseppe M. Amatulli, Yale University, and Stefano Casalegno, University of Exeter

  • Workshop “Movement Ecology” (2014)
    organized by Niko Balkenhol & Johannes Signer, University of Goettingen

  • Workshop “Movement Ecology & Biodiversity” (2012)
    organized by Carsten Buchholz & Florian Jeltsch, University of Potsdam

Conference Organisation

  • Data Visualization Workshop
    September 2019 – Berlin, Germany – instructor

  • 14th Workshop of the Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos)
    May 2019 – Goettingen, Germany – organizer and chair

  • 1st International BioMove Symposium
    September 2018, Potsdam, Germany – organizer and session chair

  • 13th Workshop of the Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos)
    May 2018 – Höllviken, Sweden – organizer and chair

  • Thematic Topic Session “Are we any good at simulating ecology? Success and future challenges in ecological simulation models”
    December 2017 – Joint Annual Meeting of BES, GfOe, NecoV & EEF, Ghent, Belgium – chair together with Florian Hartig and Nick Golding

  • Leibniz PhD Symposium “What future do we have as scientists? Rethinking scientific publishing & careers”
    September 2017 – Berlin, Germany – part of organizational committee

  • 12th Workshop of the Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos)
    May 2017 – Buchenbach, Germany – organizer and chair

  • 11th Workshop of the Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos)
    May 2016 – Neunzehnhain, Germany – organizer and chair

  • Annual Symposium of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria & Switzerland (GfOe)
    September 2013 – Potsdam, Germany – IT assistance and organizational tasks


  • Workshop “Introduction to ecological modelling” (2016)
    Department of Theoretical Ecology, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Practical workshop “Zoology” (2009–20014)
    Department for Zoology, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Workshop “Research & Presentation“ (2013–2014)
    Department for Didactics of Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Field workshop “Systematic Zoology II“ (2012)
    Department for Evolutionary Biology and Systematic Zoology, University of Potsdam, Germany


see List of Publications

Awards & Honours

  • Postdoc Stipend funded by the University of Potsdam (9 month full position)
  • Best Poster, Gordon Research Conference on Movement Ecology of Animals, Ventura, CA, USA – March 2017


  • Languages: German (native), English (fluent)
  • Programming: R, NetLogo, SQL/SQLite, Python, CSS, html5
  • Statistics: R (e.g. {lme4}, {glmmTMB}, {CARBayesST}, {adehabitat}), SPSS, Excel
  • GIS: R (e.g. {sf}, {sp}, {raster}, {rgdal}, {RQGIS}), QGIS, GRASS, ArcGIS
  • Visualization: R (e.g. {ggplot2}, {shiny}, {plotly}, {leaflet}, {tmap}, {gganimate}), CartoDB, RAWgraphs
  • Markup: Markdown, LaTeX