M.Sc. Sandra Kiesow

Sandra Kiesow

Doctoral candidate

Olshausenstrasse 75, D-24118 Kiel, R 124
Phone: +49 431 880-5233

Research interests

  • Agricultural and environmental history
  • Geomorphology
  • Geobotany
  • vegetation dynamics
  • Paleoenvironment
  • Influence between environmental conditions and local cultural habits
  • Human impact to landscapes


Since February 2013)
Member of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University

September 2011
Master thesis on cocoa production on the island of São Tomé

September 2009 – September 2011
Master student at Kiel University, faculty of agronomy

September 2009
Thesis on hydrology and water use on the island of Madeira

October 2003 – September 2009
Student at Kiel University, faculty of agronomy

September 2002 – September 2003
Professional course in ecotourism in Portugal at Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo da Madeira, Funchal (Tourism school in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal)

Work experience

Summer 2012
Research assistant at the Institute of Ecosystem Research

February 2011 – March 2011
Student researcher in a field campaign for Agricultural/Environmental History in São Tomé, Africa

February – March 2004 - 2010
Tourism/ botany guide in Parque Natural da Madeira

June – August 2004 – 2006
Internship on a farm with crop cultivation and animal husbandry in Northern Germany

June 2002 – September 2003
Tourism guide for Ecological Hikes in Autonomous Region of Madeira



Kiesow, S. & Bork, H.-R., 2017. Agricultural terraces as a proxy to landscape history on Madeira island, Portugal, Ler História, Nr. 71, pp. 127-152

Kiesow, S., 2017. Cocoa Culture on São Tomé and Príncipe: The Rise and Fall of Cocoa on the Islands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Agricultural History, Vol.91, N°1

Kiesow, S. & Dierssen, K., 2017. Vegetation Analysis as a Source of Historic Information – The Case of Madeira Island, Environmental History Series, Environmental History in the Making, Vol.I: Explaining, pp. 123-144, Springer



Kiesow, S., Uncovering Human-Landscape Interactions on Madeira Island, 4th CITCEM conference, Cruzar Fronteiras: Ligar as Margens da Historia Ambiental, 4-7th November, Porto

Figueiredo, A. & Kiesow, S., How determinant are accessibility and distance to explain differences on the structure and composition of Mountain Vegetation Communities at Madeira Island? 4th CITCEM conference, Cruzar Fronteiras: Ligar as Margens da Historia Ambiental, 4-7th November, Porto