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Dushyant Kumar


Model-Data Integration Group

room: C1.016 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576228
email: dkumar(at)

Research interests

  • Process-based vegetation models
  • Climate-vegetation interactions
  • Terrestrial carbon cycle and vegetation dynamic
  • Ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
  • Remote sensing application in monitoring land surface changes

My work at BGI

  • DeepCube

Academic background

since 2021

PostDoc at the Department Biogeochemical Integration at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry


PhD in Natural Science at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute and Goethe University Frankfurt.
on the Topic of "Modelling vegetation-climate interaction in South and Southeast Asia using a trait based dynamic vegetation model."


Junior research fellow in Discipline of Earth Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India


M.Tech. in Earth System Science and Technology at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
Master thesis title:"Assessing Forest Carbon Dynamics Using an Ecosystem Model (LPJ-GUESS) in the Ganga River Basin, India"


B.Tech. in Agricultural Engineering at College of Agricultural Sciences Raichur from University of Agricultutral Sciences Raichur, Karnataka, India
Bachelor thesis title: "Designing and performance evaluation of solar powered refrigerator for rural use"



Kumar, D., Pfeiffer, M., Gaillard, C., Langan, L., and Scheiter, S. (2021),Climate change and elevated CO2 favor forest over savanna under different future scenarios in South Asia, Biogeosciences, 18, 2957–2979,


Kumar, D., Pfeiffer, M., Gaillard, C., Langan, L., Martens, C., Scheiter, S. (2020), Misinterpretation of Asian savannas as degraded forest can mislead management and conservation policy under climate change, Biological Conservation, 241, 108293,

Scheiter, S, Kumar, D., Corlett, R. T., Gaillard, C., Langan, L., Lapuz, R. S., Martens, C., Pfeiffer, M., Tomlinson, K. W., (2020), Climate change promotes transitions to tall evergreen vegetation in tropical Asia, Global Change Biology, 26: 5106– 5124,

Pfeiffer, M., Kumar, D., Martens, C., and Scheiter, S. (2020), Climate change will cause non-analog vegetation states in Africa and commit vegetation to long-term change''', Biogeosciences, 17, 5829–5847,


Kumar, D. & Scheiter, S. (2019), Biome diversity in South Asia-How can we improve vegetation models to understand global change impact at a regional level?, Science of The Total Environment, 671, 1001–1016,


Gaillard, C., Langan, L., Pfeiffer, M., Kumar, D., Martens, C., Higgins, S.I. & Scheiter, S. (2018),African shrub distribution emerges via height-Sapwood conductivity trade‐off, Journal of Biogeography, 45, 2815-2826,


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