My background is a mix of vegetation ecology (BSc.degree), GIS & remote sensing (MSc. degree) and terrestrial biosphere modelling. Before joining the institute, I gained experience with ecophysiology and modelling the terrestrial carbon & water cycle by working with a global dynamic vegetation model (LPJ-GUESS) at Wageningen University for several years.
Within the TBM research group, a new general terrestrial biosphere model is developed. The QUINCY model (Thum et al., 2019) addresses the multiway interactions of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and water cycles on a global scale. My PhD project focusses on interactions between the water cycle and soil organic matter dynamics. Within the framework of the MOCABORS project, a large part of my work will be aimed at modelling moisture dynamics and carbon sequestration in boreal soils.
Thum, T., Caldararu, S., Engel, J., Kern, M., Pallandt, M., Schnur, R., Yu, L., and Zaehle, S. (2019, in review). A new terrestrial biosphere model with coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles (QUINCY v1.0; revision 1772), Geoscientific Model Development Discussions.
Vermeulen, M.H., Kruijt, B.J., Hickler, T., Kabat, P., 2015. Modelling short-term variability in carbon and water exchange in a temperate Scots pine forest. Earth System Dynamics 6, 485-503, doi:10.5194/esd-6-485-2015.
Mücher, C.A., Kooistra, L., Vermeulen, M.H., Vanden Borre, J., Haest, B., Haveman, R., 2013. Quantifying structure of Natura 2000 heathland habitats using spectral mixture analysis and segmentation techniques on hyperspectral imagery. Ecological Indicators 33, 71-81, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.09.013.