Anika Reetsch is a PhD Researcher in the Soil and Land-use Management Unit and focusses on the soil fertility, food and energy security, and socio-ecological interactions of biomass dynamics in multi-functional land use systems in Eastern Africa. She studied Geoecology with emphasis on soil sciences, hydrology, waste and wastewater management and graduated (Diplom/MSc) in Braunschweig, Germany. She trained stakeholder in flood monitoring, hydrology and climatology at the University Kabul, Afghanistan. In her master thesis, she investigated the effects of coltan mining on soil properties in Rwanda. After the studies, she developed environmental management strategies and climate certificates for offices with the German Development Service (former DED, now GIZ) in Lima, Peru. Back in Germany, she worked on fundamental aspects, sustainability strategies and scenarios, and sustainable resource uses at the Federal German Environmental Agency in Dessau. She was member of the Scientific Committee of the fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity 2014 in Leipzig, Germany.