Ursula gained her BSc and two MSc (Hons) in Ecology and Modelling at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France).After her MSc she worked on a European project (CAFNET) where she studied the impact of coffee management on cavity nesting birds in the Western Ghats (India). She then joined the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and worked on biotic interactions in saproxylic beetles. At the Bio-protection Research Centre, Ursula’s work will be under the supervision of Sue Worner and is funded by the Erasmus Mundus NESSIE Project. Her PhD will focus on modelling global distributions and risk of establishment of invasive freshwater invertebrates.