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Thomas Wutzler

room: C1.006 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576271
fax: +49 3641 577200
email: thomas.wutzler(at)

Research Interests


  • Interaction of water, C, N, and P cycles with focus on soils
  • Conceptual modelling of soil organic matter decomposition processes.
  • Model-Data-Integration, Model abstraction and statistics
    • INLA Bayesian inference


  • Conceptual modelling of soil organic matter decomposition processes.
  • Quasom project
  • Regionalization of carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems from stands to regions.
  • Integration of and interoperability between modelling activities of competing trees, forest management, soil processes and fade of wood products.

Publications in peer reviewed journals and preprints

Wutzler, T., Perez-Priego, O., Morris, K., El-Madany, T. S., and Migliavacca, M. (2020): Soil CO2 efflux errors are lognormally distributed – implications and guidance, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 9, 239–254, 10.5194/gi-9-239-2020.
Yu, L., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Schrumpf, M., Zaehle, S. (2020). Jena Soil Model (JSM v1.0; revision 1934): a microbial soil organic carbon model integrated with nitrogen and phosphorus processes. Geoscientific Model Development, 13(2), 783-803. doi:10.5194/gmd-13-783-2020.
El-Madany, T. S., Carrara, A., Martín, M. P., Moreno, G., Kolle, O., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Weber, U., Wutzler, T., Reichstein, M., Migliavacca, M. (2020). Drought and heatwave impacts on semi-arid ecosystems' carbon fluxes along a precipitation gradient. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810): 20190519. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0519
Keenan T, Migliavacca M, Papale D, Baldocchi D, Reichstein M, Torn M & Wutzler, T. (2019) Widespread inhibition of daytime ecosystem respiration.Nature Ecology & Evolution, Springer Nature, 10.1038/s41559-019-0809-2
Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 from Biogeosciences
Wutzler, T., Lucas-Moffat, A., Migliavacca, M., Knauer, J., Sickel, K., Šigut, L., Menzer, O., and Reichstein, M. (2018): Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc, Biogeosciences, 10.5194/bg-15-5015-2018.
Metzger J, Wutzler T, Valle N, Filipzik J, Grauer C, Lehmann R, Roggenbuck M, Schelhorn D, Weckmüller J, Küsel K, Totsche K, Trumbore S & Hildebrandt A (2017) Vegetation impacts soil water content patterns by shaping canopy water fluxes and soil properties. Hydrological Processes, Wiley-Blackwell, 31, 3783-3795 10.1002/hyp.11274
Wutzler T, Sönke Zaehle, Schrumpf M, Ahrens B & Reichstein M (2017) Adaptation of microbial resource allocation affects modelled long term soil organic matter and nutrient cycling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Elsevier BV, 115, 322-336,10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.031,(preprint pdf)
Migliavacca M, Perez-Priego O, Rossini M, El-Madany T, Moreno G, van der Tol C, Rascher U, Berninger A, Bessenbacher V, Burkart A & et al. (2017) Plant functional traits and canopy structure control the relationship between photosynthetic CO2 uptake and far-red sun-induced fluorescence in a Mediterranean grassland under different nutrient availability. New Phytologist, Wiley-Blackwell, 214, 1078-1091 (10.1111/nph.14437)
Perez-Priego O, Guan J, Rossini M, Fava F, Wutzler T, Moreno G, Carvalhais N, Carrara A, Kolle O, Julitta T & et al. (2015) Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photochemical reflectance index improve remote-sensing gross primary production estimates under varying nutrient availability in a typical Mediterranean savanna ecosystem. Biogeosciences, Copernicus GmbH, 12, 6351-6367 , (10.5194/bg-12-6351-2015)
Wutzler T & Carvalhais N (2014) Balancing multiple constraints in model-data integration: Weights and the parameter-block approach. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., Wiley-Blackwell, ( (pdf)
Wutzler T (2018) Efficient treatment of model discrepancy by Gaussian Processes - Importance for imbalanced multiple constraint inversions (arXiv preprint) (pdf)
Ahrens B, Reichstein M, Borken W, Muhr J, Trumbore S & Wutzler T (2014) Bayesian calibration of a soil organic carbon model using Delta-14C measurements of soil organic carbon and heterotrophic respiration as joint constraints. Biogeosciences, Copernicus GmbH, 11, 2147-168 (10.5194/bg-11-2147-2014) (pdf)
Wutzler T & Reichstein M (2013) Priming and substrate quality interactions in soil organic matter models. Biogeosciences, 10, 2089-2103 (10.5194/bg-10-2089-2013) (pdf)
Thurner M, Beer C, Santoro M, Carvalhais N, Wutzler T, Schepaschenko D, Shvidenko A, Kompter E, Ahrens B, Levick S & et al. (2013) Carbon stock and density of northern boreal and temperate forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography (10.1111/geb.12125) (pdf)
Hocking T, Wutzler T, Ponting K & Grosjean P (2013) Sustainable, Extensible Documentation Generation Using inlinedocs. Journal of Statistical Software, 54 (journal link) (pdf)
Thiessen S, Gleixner G, Wutzler T & Reichstein M (2013) Both priming and temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition depend on microbial biomass--An incubation study. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Elsevier, 57, 739–748 (10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.10.029) (pdf)
Braakhekke M, Wutzler T, Reichstein M, Beer C, Hoosbeek M, Kruijt B, Schrumpf M, Schoening I & Kabat P (2013) Modelling the vertical soil organic matter profile using 210Pbex measurements and Bayesian inversion. Biogeosciences, 10, 399-420 (journal link) (pdf)
Böttcher H, Freibauer A, Scholz Y, Gitz V, Ciais P, Mund M, Wutzler T, Schulze E (2012) Setting priorities for land management to mitigate climate change. Carbon Balance and Management, 7, 5 (10.1186/1750-0680-7-5) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Blagodatsky S, Blagodatskaya E, Kuzyakov Y (2011) Soil microbial biomass and its activity estimated by kinetic respiration analysis–Statistical guidelines. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Profft I, Mund M (2011) Quantifying Tree Biomass Carbon Stocks, Their Changes and Uncertainties Using Routine Stand Taxation Inventory Data. Silva Fennica, 45, 359-377 (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T (2008) Effect of the aggregation of multi-cohort mixed stands on modeling forest ecosystem carbon stocks. Silva Fennica 42(4): 535–553 (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Wirth C, Schumacher J (2008) Generic biomass functions for Common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in Central Europe - predictions and components of uncertainty. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38(6), 1661–1675 (10.1139/X07-194) (pdf), (supplements))
Wutzler T, Reichstein M (2008) Colimitation of decomposition by substrate and decomposers– a comparison of model formulations.

Biogeosciences, 5, 749-759 (journal link)
Awarded with one of the two "CarboEurope-IP Best Paper Award 2008" for young scientists

Wutzler T , Sarjoughian H (2007) Interoperability among parallel DEVS simulators and models implemented in multiple programming languages. Simulation Transaction of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International 83: 473-490 (journal link)
Wutzler T and Mund M (2007) Modelling mean above and below ground litter production based on yield tables. Silva Fennica 41: 559-574 (pdf)
Peltoniemi M, Thürig E, Ogle S, Palosuo T, Schrumpf M, Wutzler T, Butterbach-Bahl K, Chertov O, Komarov A, Mikhailov A, Gärdenäs A, Perry C, Liski J, Smith P, Mäkipää R (2007) Models in country scale carbon accounting of forest soils. Silva Fennica 41: 575-602 (pdf)
Wutzler T, Reichstein M (2007) Soils apart from equilibrium – consequences for soil carbon balance modelling. Biogeosciences 4:125-136 (pdf)
Wutzler T, Köstner B, Bernhofer C (2006) Spatially explicit assessment of carbon stocks of a managed forest area in Eastern Germany. European Journal of Forest Research 126:371-381. (pdf)
Vetter M, Wirth C, Bottcher H, Churkina G, Schulze ED, Wutzler T, Weber G (2005) Partitioning direct and indirect human-induced effects on carbon sequestration of managed coniferous forests using model simulations and forest inventories. Global Change Biology, 11, 810-827 (pdf)

Book chapters

Wutzler T, Sarjoughian H (2009) DEVS-Based Simulation Interoperability. In: Handbook of Research on Discrete Event Simulation Environments: Technologies and Applications, IGI Global, pp 75-91, ISBN:978-1-60566-774-4 (book link)
Mund M, Profft I, Wutzler T, Schulze ED, Weber G, Weller E (2005) Vorbereitung für eine laufende Fortschreibung der Kohlenstoffvorräte in den Wäldern Thüringens. Abschlussbericht zur 2. Phase dem BMBF-Projektes "Modelluntersuchungen zur Umsetzung des Kyoto-Protokolls". TLWJF Gotha 120p (pdf)
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