Johan Kotze is a University Lecturer and Docent in urban ecology and ecosystem ecology at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include the responses of invertebrates and vegetation to urbanization. Additionally, he studies the potential of urban greenspace (such as remnant forests, parks, green infrastructure – green roofs) in providing ecosystem services and habitat for various organisms. Since 2015 he has been permanently employed in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. As of October 2016, he has more than 60 publications in the primary literature.
Johan Kotze has broad experience in urban ecological research, primarily investigating beetles and understorey vegetation in urban remnant forests. Additionally, he is involved in three projects:
- ECOGRAD – the ability of urban green space, such as urban parks, in providing ecosystem services
- GLUSEEN – an international collaborative project on the effects of urban environments on decomposition and soil community structure
- the Fifth Dimension – green infrastructure, particularly the diversity of vegetation and invertebrates on green roofs.
Kotze teaches urban ecosystem ecology, a field course on urban ecological issues and a basic course on statistical analysis. He has supervised 16 MSc and 4 PhD students thus far.
Kotze is a subject editor for Oikos, review editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Urban Ecology, editor of the journal Annales Zoologici Fennici and runs a web-based journal called Journal of Negative Results – check it out to see what it's all about!