thomas hickler 

Modelling of the terrestrial Biosphere

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler
Dr. Mateus Dantas de Paula (Postdoc)
Dr. Angelica Feurdean (Postdoc)

Dr. Matthew Forrest (Postdoc)
Dr. Marta Gómez-Giménez (Postdoc)
Dr. Hanno Seebens (Postdoc)
Dr. Christian Werner (Postdoc)

Dr. Gitta Lasslop (Postdoc)
Ricarda Prinz (Secretary)
Carola Martens (PhD student)
Wolfgang Pappa (PhD student)
Muhammad-Sohaib Younis (PhD student)

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

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

diplom/masters/bachelor projects  

student visiting hour-> contact Ricarda Prinz


Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler

Professor for Biogeography
Co-Speaker of Research Activity 7: Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate
Head of Senckenberg Data and Modelling Centre
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
- SPACES Project ARS AfricaE – Adaptive Resilience of Southern African Ecosystems
- Understanding the impact of seasonality in terrestrial bio-geosystems during the last 23 million years
- Impacts of climate change on forests and potential biome shifts
- Accounting for habitat characteristics and biotic interactions in species distribution models

- Interactions between vegetation and large herbivores

- Paleo-Ecological Observatory Network (PALEON)

- Benchmarking ecosystem models with experimental data from long-term CO2 enrichment experiments phase II, link to phase I here

Ongoing environmental impact assessments:

- Intergovermental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):
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)