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Student opportunities

The BGC-MDI group has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. We offer student projects in terms of internships and opportunities for Bachelor, Master, Diploma, and PhD theses. Please have a look at our ongoing research projects and more importantly check if we have specific opportunities for students posted here . If you share our enthusiasm for one of these topics, feel free to contact the corresponding researcher(s) for more information.

A summary of ongoing, and completed student projects is listed below:


Bachelor theses

05.2008-06.2008

Andreas Vollrath Comparing eddy covariance and remote sensing data for the Hainich site.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

06.2009-08.2009

Kerstin Traut Untersuchungen zum Vergleich globaler Karten der terrestrischen Kohlenstoffverbreitung in der Vegetation

Remote sensing, University of Jena


Diploma/Master theses

05.2011-ongoing

Eric Thomas Reproducing FAPAR dynamics of Africa, based on climate, landuse, and soil data using random forest.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

02.2011-09.2011

Bernhard Ahrens Inverse modelling of soil carbon balances with 14C data.

Bayreuth University

10.2010-08.2011

Olaf Menzer Gaussian Process Regression for Uncertainty Estimation on Ecosystem Data

Bioinformatics, University of Jena

01.2010-09.2010

Jannis von Buttlar Data oriented spatio/temporal pattern recognition of ecosystem gas exchange data (FLUxnet)

Ecological modelling, Geoecology, University of Bayreuth

02.2009-07.2009

Sumalika Biswas Tree height and biomass retrieval from airborne and satellite LIDAR data.

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02.2009-07.2009

Pawlok Dass Monitoring vegetation change in the Arctic tundra

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10.2008-09.2009

Friedrich Angermueller Characterizing the variability of the hyperbolic light response curve parameters.

Ecological modelling, Geoecology, University of Bayreuth

05.2008-02.2009

Lina Fuerst Characterizing global spatiotemporal patterns of the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation.

Ecological modelling, Geoecology, University of Bayreuth

09.2006-03.2007

Franz Kuglitsch Driving forces of water-use efficiency in Europe and their future changes due to various climate scenarios.

Physical Geography, University of Vienna


PhD theses

06.2011-ongoing

Martin Thurner Initialization and parameterization of process-based ecosystem models using Remote Sensing derived biomass information

Remote sensing, University of Jena

01.2011-ongoing

Matthias Forkel Model-data integration of earth observation data in ecosystem models

Remote sensing, University of Jena

12.2010-ongoing

Yogesh Kumkar? Carbon and Water relations from Ecosystem to Global scale

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10.2010-ongoing

Jakob Zscheischler Application of machine learning tools onto biogeochemical data with a focus on causal inference methods, also part of the department of empirical inference at MPI for Intelligent Systems Tübingen

Homepage at MPI Tübingen

06.2010-ongoing

Altug Ekici? Land Surface-Atmosphere Feedbacks in High Latitude Permafrost Areas

Geography unit, University of Fribourg

12.2007-ongoing

Stefany Thiessen Analysis and modeling of soil carbon dynamics and the influence of microbial biomass in an experimental mesocosm design.

University of Jena

02.2007-ongoing

Ulrich Weber Biogeochemical Modeling Research embedded in the Carbo Africa model intercomparison (CAMIC).

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02.2007-ongoing

Maarten Braakhekke Process oriented modelling of carbon and water fluxes in soils of terrestrial ecosystems on a global scale.

Earth system science group, Wageningen University

10.2006-07.2011

Anna Görner Comparison of different approaches to diagnostically model drought effects on biogeochemical cycles in Mediterranean Europe and Africa.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

10.2006-11.2010

Gitta Lasslop Model-data fusion for terrestrial biogeochemical models with carbon and water cycle observations.

MPI für Meteorologie, University of Hamburg

07.2006-10.2009

Miguel Mahecha Data mining of biogeochemical cycle data.

Land climate interactions, Dep. Environmental sciences, ETH Zürich


Internships

03.2012-02.2012

Thomas Brockmann (Visiting M.Sc. student) Pattern-oriented evaluation of global fire models.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

03.2010-05.2010

Bernhard Ahrens (Visiting student) Inverse modelling of soil carbon balances with 14C data.

University of Bayreuth

03.2010-04.2010

Matthias Forkel (Visiting M.Sc student) Data assimilation for biogeochemical models

Remote sensing, University of Jena

03.2009-04.2009
04.2008-06.2008
07.2006-08.2006

Nuno Carvalhais (Visiting PhD student) Parameter estimation and model structure evaluation.

Dep. of Environmental sciences, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

02.2009-04.2009

Marcel Urban (Visiting M.Sc student) Remote sensing data processing.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

02.2009-04.2009

Christian Berger (Visiting M.Sc student) Remote sensing data processing.

Remote sensing, University of Jena

05.2008-06.2008

Mirco Migliavacca (Visiting PhD student) Model optimization and remote sensing.

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

03.2008-06.2008

Pierre Brender (Visiting PhD student) Evaluating terrestiral biosphere model runs over Africa

LSCE, Paris

03.2008-04.2008

Thomas Kloss (Visiting B.Sc. student) Comparison of fAPAR products from different optical sensors

Remote sensing, University of Jena

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