is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Natural Resource Conservation at Kiel University, Germany. His working areas are spatial environmental planning, applied animal ecology and especially the interface between those disciplines.
Currently, his application-oriented team focusses on two important parameters for safeguarding biological diversity:
1. Driving forces of self-organized, biogeneous heterogeneity, esp. hoofed animals as bioengineers and vectors in fragmented, industrialized countries and
2. Mobility and life, esp. functioning habitat corridors across intensively used landscapes and traffic infrastructure.
Both topics are closely related to many aspects of road ecology and overcoming artificial barriers, the subjects where H. Reck has set standards in Germany. The book “Roads and Habitats” with G. Kaule and its follow-up, “Impact Prognosis” with J. Rassmus et al., have had strong influence on impact assessment and impact regulation since 1993. The first integrative before-after monitoring of effects of overpasses, together with H.P. Pfister, V. Keller and B. Georgii, was published in 1997 and has affected practical application since then. The analysis of the most important habitat corridors and nationwide priorities for re-linking ecosystems, developed with many colleagues, especially K. Hänel, formed the basis for the German national program for overcoming barriers as well as the for the lighthouse project “Holsatian Habitat Corridors” (http://www.bfn.de/0306_zerschneidung.html). All approaches are starting at population level but emphasize biodiversity over single species, in accordance with the first integrative biodiversity plan on state level in Germany, developed with R. Walter, E. Ossinski, T. Heinl and G. Kaule. This plan has meanwhile being implemented as the elaborate target species concept of Baden-Württemberg.
From this background, H. Reck gave his plenary presentation about the necessity and the means to address biodiversity and safeguard ecological functions when implementing fauna passages or green infrastructure across and even along roads.
Dr. Reck addressed the IENE 2012 Main topic
“Single-species versus biodiversity approach in mitigation planning”.
Dr. Reck also chaired the workshop/discussion forum on Green Infrastructure.