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Marleen Pallandt

(Marga Helene Pallandt-Vermeulen)

PhD student at the Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling Research Group and the Soil Biogeochemistry Group

room: C3.007 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576283
email: mpalla(at)

About me

My background is a mix of vegetation ecology (, 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.

PhD project

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.

Research interests

  • terrestrial C & water cycle
  • process-based terrestrial biosphere models
  • remote sensing of vegetation


  • Since April 2018: PhD candidate at MPI BGC Jena
  • Oct 2017 - March 2018: Guest researcher at MPI-BGC Jena
  • Jan 2017 - Sept 2017: GIS information specialist at Provincie Utrecht (government)
  • 2010 - 2015: Researcher at Wageningen university, dpt. Earth System Science & Climate Change
  • 2010: MSc. GIS & remote sensing, Wageningen University. Thesis title: "Possibilities of hyperspectral remote sensing for monitoring the structure and functioning of habitat types in a heathland ecosystem"
  • 2008: BSc. Biology, Wageningen University. Specialization in vegetation ecology.


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.

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