"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest achievement."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -
My name is Dr. Madlen Ziege, I am an active Biologist since 2009. My last name “Ziege” in German translates to “Goat” in English; perhaps I was pre-determined to be a Biologist.
I have studied and worked in Germany, France, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Tasmania. Specialising in the behaviour of animals and ecology of plants, I have created the “urban to rural gradient”, I have written 2 books and have authored over 30 scientific publications.
My life flipped upside-down on me during my PhD studies at the University of Frankfurt. I realised almost too late how toxic the scholastic environment really is. I pushed forward, completing my PhD in 2016, but suffered what I deem today as massive health issues. I ended up with common health symptoms amongst scientist such as hormonal imbalances, burn out syndrome and eating disorders.
Rather than learning facts by hard or collecting data, I am now present with nature on a deeper level simply through experience. I learned how indigenous cultures get in touch with animals, plants and even stones. Today, I see everything in life to be intertwined. If we want to successfully tackle ecological problems it is necessary to reconnect with nature on a different, more profound level. By doing so, we also reconnect with ourselves which is the pre-condition for a happy and full-filled life.