Prof. Dr. Sönke Zaehle

Managing Director
Department Biogeochemical Signals (BSI)
Tall Tower Atmospheric Gas Measurements (TAG)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (TBM)
+49 3641 57-6300
+49 3641 57-7300

Main Focus

My main research interest lies in the interaction of land biota with the climate system. My research integrates new ecophysiological knowledge, ecological observations (including plant trait information, in situ measurements, atmospheric concentration measurements, and remote sensing data) with modelling at different scales and levels of complexities. I develop, test and apply large-scale process-based terrestrial biosphere models to understand the interactions between land-surface and atmospheric processes.

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Curriculum Vitae

since 2022

Honorary Professor at the Faculty for Chemistry and Earth Sciences of the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, DE

since 2020

Director of the Biogeochemical Signals Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, DE

2009-2020 Leader of the Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, DE
2005-2008 PostDoc at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif sur Yvette, FR

Doktorand an der Universität Potsdam / Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, Potsdam, DE

2000-2001 MSc-Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
1997-2000 Study of Geoecology at the Institute of Geoecology, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, DE.
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