Axel Kleidon

Axel Kleidon
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biogeochemie
Postfach 10 01 64
07701 Jena

phone: +49 - 3641 - 57 - 6217
fax: + 49 - 3641 - 57 - 7200
e-mail: akleidon AT bgc-jena DOT mpg DOT de

Short Biography:

Axel Kleidon studied physics, mathematics and meteorology at the University of Hamburg and Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Ph.D. in meteorology, Univ. Hamburg (1998), Postdoctoral scientist, Stanford Univ. (1998-2000), Assistant Professor, Univ. Maryland (2001-2006), Leader, Max Planck Research Group (since 2006). Research interests: atmosphere-biosphere interactions, geographic patterns of plant biodiversity, global vegetation modelling, non-equilibrium thermodynamics of Earth system processes, Gaia hypothesis, Earth system evolution, natural limits of renewable energies, geoengineering.

Education and Positions held:

2006 - present: Max Planck Research Group leader, Biospheric Theory and Modelling Group, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.

2001 - 2006: Assistant Professor: Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. 2004-2006 jointly with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.

1998 - 2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. Advisor: Prof. Harold A Mooney.

1994 - 1998: University of Hamburg (Germany), Ph.D. May 1998, Meteorology. Advisor: Martin Heimann, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology.

1992 - 1994: Purdue University (Indiana, USA), M.Sc. May 1994, Physics.

1989 - 1992: University of Hamburg (Germany), Physics, Minor: Mathematics, Meteorology.


American Geophysical Union (link).

European Geosciences Union (link).


Feodor Lynen Fellowship, Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, 1998-2000. (link).

GKSS Award for Understandable Science, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht, Germany, 1998.

Student Exchange Fellowship, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1992.


Climatology classes, e.g. GEOG 445, University of Maryland, 2001-2006.

Globaler Klimawandel: Ursachen und Folgen, Friedrich Schiller University, Spring 2008.

Pflanzen im Wasserkreislauf, jointly with Anke Hildebrandt, Friedrich Schiller University, Winter 2011/12.

Thermodynamics of the Earth system, summer school on biogeodynamics and Earth system sciences, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy, June 2012.