Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Agroecology, Wetland Ecology, Modelling, Multi-Disciplinary Integration, Environmental Physics, Plant Ecology, Plant Breeding


PhD in Environmental Science - Summa cum laude (1997), University Degrees in Environmental Science (1995) and International Agriculture (1992), Farming Apprenticeship (1987)


Cluster coordinator and principal investigator within the collaborative research "Wetlands in East-Africa: Reconciling future food production with environmental protection" (2014 - )

Principal investigator within the collaborative research "Patterns in soil-vegetation-atmosphere systems: Monitoring, modelling and data assimilation" (2010 - 2014 & 2015 - )

Principal investigator within the collaborative research "Prediction and modeling of hybrid performance and yield gain in oilseed rape by systems biology" (2014 - )

Juniorprofessor of Modelling Plant Systems at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture in Humboldt-University of Berlin (2003-2009)

Recommendation for a chair of Modelling Plant Systems through faculty board after internal and external review (2008). Not granted by the President of Humboldt-University due to financial restrictions and plans to close the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture (closed in 2014).

Lifetime professor title received from Humboldt-University of Berlin (2005)

Research in Limnology, Environmental Physics, Agroecology, Plant Ecology, Crop Modelling (1990-2002)

Six years of practical experience in farming under sub-tropical and temperate climate conditions (1981 - 1987)

Extensive experience in agroecological experimentation and international collaboration (Australia, Brazil, Israel, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda,Turkey)

Involvement in faculty and university administration (Humboldt-University 2003 - 2009).

Designing collaborative research projects at Humboldt-University (2003-2009) and University of Bonn (2010 -)

Lectures held: Introduction to Crop Modelling, Modelling Plant Systems, Quantitative Basis of Modelling, Applied Mathematics, Agricultural Meteorology, Irrigation Science, Crop Science, Software Engineering, and Systems Analysis

Private Activities

Family and friends, playing and listening music, reading, hiking, moderate triathlon training.