Quantitative Biogeography

Research group
Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler

Our working group investigates interactions between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and climate on spatiotemporal scales ranging local studies to the globe and from the past (mainly Neogene and Quaternary) to future scenarios.
We develop process-based and statistical computer models for simulating the dynamics of species and ecosystems, in particular dynamic regional to global vegetation models. The models are combined with various data types to improve system understanding. More applied research concerns climate impacts and the supply of ecosystems services to society. The future scenarios should inform climate adaptation measures and the identification of societal pathways to achieve sustainable development.

Current projects
GEOEssential
EarthShape: Earth Shaping by Biota
Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in Southern Africa (EMSAfrica)
The open Climate Impacts Encyclopedia (ISIpedia)

People
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler - Head of Research group
Dr. Mateus Dantas de Paula - PostDoc
Dr. Matthew Forrest - PostDoc
Dr. Marta Gómez-Giménez - PostDoc
Dr. Hanno Seebens - PostDoc
Dr. Gitta Lasslop - PostDoc
Dr. Martin Thurner - PostDoc
Ricarda Prinz - secretary
Carola Martens - PhD student
Wolfgang Pappa - PhD student
Muhammad-Sohaib Younis - PhD student

Selected publications
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=urOgg60AAAAJ&hl=en
further publications can be found on the Website of the group members