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Marufa Sultana

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Dr. rer. nat.

Scientific Associate




Phone: +49 (0)761 203 3665
Fax: +49 (0)761 203 3661
Mail: marufa.sultana[at]

 Tennenbacher Straße 4

79106 Freiburg, Germany



Curriculum Vitae


Academic Education

  • 2017-2022. University of Freiburg. Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Managment. Dr. rer. nat. 
  • 2009-2010. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. M.Sc. in Zoology (Field of Specialization: Wildlife Biology)
  • 2004-2008. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. B.Sc. in Zoology (Field of Specialization: Wildlife Biology)


Work Experience

  • 10/2012 - 05/2013. IUCN, Bangladesh. Project Manager for the project ‘National Climate Change and Gender Action Plan in Bangladesh’ under ‘Global Gender Climate Alliance’ program funded by Finland Government
  • 10/2011 - 05/2013. IUCN, Bangladesh. Project Assistant for the project ‘Conservation through Practice: Conservation of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge by Involving Ethnic Communities’’, funded by KNCF, Japan
  • 07/2011 - 09/2011. IUCN, Bangladesh. Project Assistant for the project ‘Support to Bangladesh on Climate Change Negotiations’ funded by DFID and DANIDA
  • 01/2011-06/2011. IUCN, Bangladesh. Intern for the project ‘Action Research for Conservation of Asian Elephant in Bangladesh- Phase IV’ funded by US Fish and Wildlife Services in association with Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh


  • 2021- present. Urban Wildlife Information in Freiburg (UWIF)
  • 2017- 2022. Doctoral research. Patterns and drivers of urban biodiversity in Southern Asia and Western Europe
  • 2009-10. Master’s thesis on ‘Daily activities of Common Kingfisher’ 2011. Internship in GIS based mapping of selected elephant prone areas in Bangladesh indicating human elephant conflict sites, elephant routes, corridors and movement area for conservation at IUCN
  • 2012. IUCN Team fellow for documentation of biodiversity status in Tanguar Haor (a hotspot site and ecologically critical area) in Bangladesh under the project ‘Community based sustainable management of Tangual Haor’
  • 2011-2013. IUCN Team fellow for investigation and documentation of important herbs and shrub species and their traditional use among ethnic communities in Cittagong hill tract areas of Bangladesh
  • 2013. IUCN Team fellow for assessment and inscription of biodiversity status of Pabna District in Bangladesh supported by Wetland Biodiversity Rehabilitation Project (WBRP) of Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh jointly with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH/German Development Cooperation.




  • Sultana, M., Müller, M., Meyer, M., Storch, I. (2022). Neighboring green network and landscape metrics explain biodiversity within small urban green areas—a case study on birds. Sustainability. 14, 6394. su14116394
  • Sultana, M., Storch, I., Naser, M.N., Uddin, M. (2022). Land cover and socioeconomic factors explain avian diversity in a tropical megacity. Ecology and Society, 27(1).
  • Sultana, M., Storch, I. (2021). Suitability of open digital species records for assessing biodiversity patterns in cities: a case study using avian records. Journal of Urban Ecology, 7(1). doi: 10.1093/jue/juab014
  • Sultana, M., Corlatti, L. and Storch, I. (2020). The interaction of imperviousness and habitat heterogeneity drives bird richness patterns in south Asian cities. Urban Ecosystem.
  • Sultana, M. and Sarker, N. J. (2016). ‘Patterns in daily activities frequencies of Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) in Nikunja-1, Dhaka’. International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies, 3(5): 23-28
  • Motaleb, M. A., Mamun, M.M.A.A., Hossain, M. K., Alam, M. K. and Sultana, M. (2015). ‘Herbal Healing: An Old Practice for Healthy Living among Khumi, Marma and Tripura Communities of Thanchi Upazila, Bangladesh’. European Journal of Medicinal Plants. 5(1): 23-52. 2015, Article no.EJMP.2015.003, ISSN: 2231-0894


Conference papers

  • Sultana, M., Peerenboom, G., Betge, F., Storch, I. 2018. Collecting citizen’s wildlife observations– experiences from two case studies in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Oral presentation. Contributed papers at “Biodiversity and the urban-rural interface: conflicts vs. opportunities - Proceedings of an International Workshop (24-27 September 2018)” in Linde, Germany
  • Sultana, M. and Storch, I. (2018). ‘Major factors affecting urban bird species occurrences in cities of South Asia’. Oral presentation. Contributed papers XIV-urban biodiversity, Pp. 88, ‘URBIO 2018’ abstract booklet. Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sultana, M., Storch, I., Naser, M. N., Uddin, M. (2018). ‘Bird species occurrences in relation to urbanization in megacity ‘Dhaka’. Poster presentation, Pp. 87, ‘URBIO 2018’ abstract booklet. Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sultana, M. (2017). ‘Steps to reveal a general pattern in species diversity along gradients of urbanization across continents’. Poster presentation, Pp. 381, in E. Bro & M. Guillemain (eds.) ‘33rd IUGB Congress & 14th Perdix Symposium’ abstract book. ONCFS, Paris



  • Aziz, N., Motaleb, M.A., Wahed, M.A., Alam, A.B.M.S. and Sultana, M. (2014). Biodiversity in the Floodplain Ecosystem of Bera, Santhia and SujanagarUpazilas of Pabna District in Bangladesh. (Eds. Khan, M.M.H. and Hossain, N.A.R), Dhaka, Bangladesh, x+250 pp
  • Motaleb, M. A., Hossain, M. K., Alam, M. K., Mamun, M. M. A. A. and Sultana, M. (2013). Commonly used Medicinal Herbs and Shrubs by Traditional Practitioner: Glimpses from ThanchiUpazila of Bandaran. IUCN, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Motaleb, M. A., Rahman, S. M., Rahman, S. and Sultana, M. (2011). The Asian Elephants and Associated Human Elephant Conflicts in Bangladesh. IUCN, Bangladesh Country Office. Pp. x+104