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Michael Rzanny

room: C3.005 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 57 6222
email: mrzanny(at)

Professional background | Actual Projects at BGI | Research interests | Publications

Professional background

since 2017   Postdoc at Department Biogeochemical Integration, MPI-BGC, Jena

Flora Incognita

2014 - 2017  Postdoc at Emeritus Group Carbon Balance and Ecosystem Research, MPI-BGC, Jena

Flora Incognita

2012 - 2014  Scientist at Department of Forest Sciences, TU Dresden, Tharandt

Impact of management strategies on naturaless and biodiversity of lowland beech forests

2008 - 2014  PhD student at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

Functional groups of grassland arthropods - a tool to scale up ecological communities

Actual Projects at BGI

Flora Incognita - Interactive Plant Species Identification with Mobile Devices

Research Interests:

  • Combining identification-key-based and automated plant identification strategies
  • Species distribution modeling
  • Automated image classification
  • Large scale plant - environment relationships
  • Ecosystem models - from functional traits to functional groups
  • Effects of forest management strategies on communities in lowland beech forests


Wäldchen, J, Rzanny, M., Seeland, M., Mäder, P. (2018). Automated plant species identification—Trends and future directions. PLOS Computational Biology, 14(4). pdf
Ebeling, A. Rzanny, M., Lange, M., Eisenhauer, N., Hertzog, L. R., Meyer, S. T. & Weisser, W.W. (2018). Plant diversity induces shifts in the functional structure and diversity across trophic levels. Oikos 127(2): 208-219. link
Rzanny, M.., Seeland, M., Wäldchen, J., Mäder, P. (2017). Acquiring and preprocessing leaf images for automated plant identification: understanding the tradeoff between effort and information gain. Plant Methods 13:97. pdf
Seeland, M., Rzanny, M., Alaqraa, N., Wäldchen, J. & Mäder, P. (2017): Plant species classification using flower images—A comparative study of local feature representations. PLOS ONE 12 (2). pdf
Wäldchen, J., Thuille A., Seeland, M., Rzanny, M., Schulze E.-D., Boho, D., Alaqraa, N., Hofmann, M. & Mäder, P. (2016) Flora Incognita – Halbautomatische Bestimmung der Pflanzenarten Thüringens mit dem Smartphone. Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz in Thüringen 53 (3): 121–125. pdf
Seeland, M., Rzanny, M., Alaqraa, N., Thuille, A., Boho, D., Wäldchen, J. & Mäder, P. (2016) Description of Flower Colors for Image based Plant Species Classification. in: Proc. 22nd German Color Workshop (FWS), Ilmenau, Germany, pp. 145-1154, 2016, ISBN: 978-3-00-053918-3, Eds. K.-H. Franke, R. Nestler. pdf
Begehold, H., Rzanny, M., & Winter, S. (2016) Patch patterns of lowland beech forests in a gradient of management intensity. Forest Ecology and Management 360: 69-79. link
Winter, S., Begehold H., Herrmann M., Lüderitz, M., Möller, G., Rzanny, M. & Flade, M. (2015) Praxishandbuch – Naturschutz im Buchenwald. Naturschutzziele und Bewirtschaftungsempfehlungen für reife Buchenwälder Nordostdeutschlands. Hrsg.: Ministerium für Ländliche Entwicklung, Umwelt und Landwirtschaft Brandenburg . ISBN 978-3-00-051827-0. link
Beyer, A., Rzanny, M., M., Weist, A., Möller, S., Burow, K., Gutmann, F., Neumann, S., Lindner, J., Müsse, S., Brangsch, H., Stoiber-Lipp, J., Lonschinski, M., Merten, D., Büchel, G. & Kothe, E. (2015) Aquifer community structure in dependence of lithostratigraphy in groundwater reservoirs. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22: 19342-19351. link
Winter, S., Lüderitz, M. & Rzanny, M. (2015) Unterirdische Kontinuität und Pilzvielfalt alter Waldstandorte. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 166: 83–90. link
Begehold, H., Rzanny, M., & Flade, M. (2015) Forest development phases as an integrating tool to describe habitat preferences of breeding birds in lowland beech forests. Journal of Ornithology 156: 19-29. link
Rzanny, M., Kuu, A. & Voigt W. (2013) Bottom-up and top-down forces structuring consumer communities in an experimental grassland. Oikos 122: 967-976. link
Rzanny, M. and Voigt W. (2012) Complexity of multitrophic interactions in a grassland ecosystem depends on plant species diversity. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 614-627. link
Schmidt, A., Rzanny, M., Schmidt, A., Hagen, M. & Kothe, E. (2012) GC content-independent amino acid patterns in bacteria and archaea, Journal of Basic Microbiology 52: 195-205. link
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