thomas hickler 

Modelling of the terrestrial biosphere

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler
Dr. Mateus Dantas de Paula (Postdoc)
Dr. Matthew Forrest (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)

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F)
& Goethe-University Frankfurt
Senckenberganlage 25
D-60325 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 7542 1861
E-Mail: thomas.hickler(at)

Bachelor/Master projects

student visiting hour-> contact Ricarda Prinz


Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler

Professor for Biogeography
Head of Senckenberg Data and Modelling Centre
Head of
Research Group 'Quantitative Biogeography'
Speaker of GRADE Sustain (Goethe Graduate Academy) 

My main research interest is to understand the distribution of life on earth (e.g. species, biodiversity, vegetation types, ecosystems) through space and time. I am particularly interested in interactions between climate and the terrestrial biosphere. This includes potential impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems and associated ecosystem services, as well as the role of the biosphere in the earth climate system (e.g. carbon and water cycling). Methodologically, vegetation and ecosystem modelling at local to global scales has been at the core of my work.

Publications Hickler
Publications working group Hickler

Examples of current research projects:

- GEOEssential
- EarthShape: Earth Shaping by Biota
Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in Southern Africa (EMSAfrica)
The open Climate Impacts Encyclopedia (ISIpedia)
- Developing dynamic regional to global vegetation models
-  Accounting for habitat characteristics and biotic interactions in biodiversity models
- Modelling the role of fire in the functioning of the terrestrial biosphere
- Effects of plant trait variability on ecosystem stability and resilience
- Assessing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem Services
- Causes and ecosystem impacts of megafauna extinctions
- Impacts of climate change and air pollution on mountain ecosystems in Scandinavia, France and Spain

Examples of environmental impact assessments:

- Intergovermental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), ongoing
Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services
- North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment (NOSCCA, chapter Terrestrial Ecosystems)