thomas hickler 

Modelling of the terrestrial Biosphere

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler

Judit Berg (Secretary)
Jussi Eronen (Marie-Curie fellow)
Angelica Feurdean (Postdoc)

Matthew Forrest (Postdoc)
Felix Portmann (Postdoc)

Jörg Steinkamp (Postdoc)

Christian Werner (Postdoc)

Adrian Pachzelt (PhD student)

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)senckenberg.de

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler

Professor for Biogeography
Head of Project Area E: Data and Modelling Centre
Head of Project Area F: Knowledge Transfer and Social-Ecological Dimensions

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. Focus ecosystems so far include European forests, North America vegetation and the African Sahel. In a more general sense, I am also interested into ways to achieve sustainable development.


Examples of current research projects:

- Understanding the impact in terrestrial bio-geosystems during the last 23 million years
- Impacts of climate change on forests and potential biome shifts
- Climate change and environmental risk analysis of Turkey
- Accounting for habitat characteristics and biotic interactions in species distribution models

- Interactions between vegetation and large herbivores

- Altitudinal variation in the biotic response to recurrent climate fluctuations and human impact during the past 15,000 years in the Carpathian region 

- Paleo-Ecological Observatory Network (PALEON)

- Changes in biome distribution and associated mammal assemblages in the late Miocene
- Human impacts on the global carbon cycle during the Holocene

- Fingerprints of gulfstream intensity in the Cenozoic

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