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Thomas Wutzler

room: C1.006 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576271
fax: +49 3641 577200
email: thomas.wutzler(at)

Research Interests

  • currently
  • formerly
    • Quasom project
    • Regionalization of carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems from stands to regions.
    • Integration of and interoperability between modelling activities of competing trees, forest management, soil processes and fade of wood products.

Publications in peer reviewed journals and preprints

Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 from Biogeosciences
Keenan T, Migliavacca M, Papale D, Baldocchi D, Reichstein M, Torn M & Wutzler, T. (2019) Widespread inhibition of daytime ecosystem respiration.Nature Ecology & Evolution, Springer Nature, 10.1038/s41559-019-0809-2
Wutzler, T., Lucas-Moffat, A., Migliavacca, M., Knauer, J., Sickel, K., Šigut, L., Menzer, O., and Reichstein, M. (2018): Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc, Biogeosciences, 10.5194/bg-15-5015-2018.
Metzger J, Wutzler T, Valle N, Filipzik J, Grauer C, Lehmann R, Roggenbuck M, Schelhorn D, Weckmüller J, Küsel K, Totsche K, Trumbore S & Hildebrandt A (2017) Vegetation impacts soil water content patterns by shaping canopy water fluxes and soil properties. Hydrological Processes, Wiley-Blackwell, 31, 3783-3795 10.1002/hyp.11274
Wutzler T, Sönke Zaehle, Schrumpf M, Ahrens B & Reichstein M (2017) Adaptation of microbial resource allocation affects modelled long term soil organic matter and nutrient cycling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Elsevier BV, 115, 322-336,10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.031,(preprint pdf)
Migliavacca M, Perez-Priego O, Rossini M, El-Madany T, Moreno G, van der Tol C, Rascher U, Berninger A, Bessenbacher V, Burkart A & et al. (2017) Plant functional traits and canopy structure control the relationship between photosynthetic CO2 uptake and far-red sun-induced fluorescence in a Mediterranean grassland under different nutrient availability. New Phytologist, Wiley-Blackwell, 214, 1078-1091 (10.1111/nph.14437)
Perez-Priego O, Guan J, Rossini M, Fava F, Wutzler T, Moreno G, Carvalhais N, Carrara A, Kolle O, Julitta T & et al. (2015) Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photochemical reflectance index improve remote-sensing gross primary production estimates under varying nutrient availability in a typical Mediterranean savanna ecosystem. Biogeosciences, Copernicus GmbH, 12, 6351-6367 , (10.5194/bg-12-6351-2015)
Wutzler T & Carvalhais N (2014) Balancing multiple constraints in model-data integration: Weights and the parameter-block approach. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., Wiley-Blackwell, ( (pdf)
Wutzler T (2018) Efficient treatment of model discrepancy by Gaussian Processes - Importance for imbalanced multiple constraint inversions (arXiv preprint) (pdf)
Ahrens B, Reichstein M, Borken W, Muhr J, Trumbore S & Wutzler T (2014) Bayesian calibration of a soil organic carbon model using Delta-14C measurements of soil organic carbon and heterotrophic respiration as joint constraints. Biogeosciences, Copernicus GmbH, 11, 2147-168 (10.5194/bg-11-2147-2014) (pdf)
Wutzler T & Reichstein M (2013) Priming and substrate quality interactions in soil organic matter models. Biogeosciences, 10, 2089-2103 (10.5194/bg-10-2089-2013) (pdf)
Thurner M, Beer C, Santoro M, Carvalhais N, Wutzler T, Schepaschenko D, Shvidenko A, Kompter E, Ahrens B, Levick S & et al. (2013) Carbon stock and density of northern boreal and temperate forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography (10.1111/geb.12125) (pdf)
Hocking T, Wutzler T, Ponting K & Grosjean P (2013) Sustainable, Extensible Documentation Generation Using inlinedocs. Journal of Statistical Software, 54 (journal link) (pdf)
Thiessen S, Gleixner G, Wutzler T & Reichstein M (2013) Both priming and temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition depend on microbial biomass--An incubation study. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Elsevier, 57, 739–748 (10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.10.029) (pdf)
Braakhekke M, Wutzler T, Reichstein M, Beer C, Hoosbeek M, Kruijt B, Schrumpf M, Schoening I & Kabat P (2013) Modelling the vertical soil organic matter profile using 210Pbex measurements and Bayesian inversion. Biogeosciences, 10, 399-420 (journal link) (pdf)
Böttcher H, Freibauer A, Scholz Y, Gitz V, Ciais P, Mund M, Wutzler T, Schulze E (2012) Setting priorities for land management to mitigate climate change. Carbon Balance and Management, 7, 5 (10.1186/1750-0680-7-5) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Blagodatsky S, Blagodatskaya E, Kuzyakov Y (2011) Soil microbial biomass and its activity estimated by kinetic respiration analysis–Statistical guidelines. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Profft I, Mund M (2011) Quantifying Tree Biomass Carbon Stocks, Their Changes and Uncertainties Using Routine Stand Taxation Inventory Data. Silva Fennica, 45, 359-377 (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T (2008) Effect of the aggregation of multi-cohort mixed stands on modeling forest ecosystem carbon stocks. Silva Fennica 42(4): 535–553 (journal link) (pdf)
Wutzler T, Wirth C, Schumacher J (2008) Generic biomass functions for Common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in Central Europe - predictions and components of uncertainty. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38(6), 1661–1675 (10.1139/X07-194) (pdf), (supplements))
Wutzler T, Reichstein M (2008) Colimitation of decomposition by substrate and decomposers– a comparison of model formulations.

Biogeosciences, 5, 749-759 (journal link)
Awarded with one of the two "CarboEurope-IP Best Paper Award 2008" for young scientists

Wutzler T , Sarjoughian H (2007) Interoperability among parallel DEVS simulators and models implemented in multiple programming languages. Simulation Transaction of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International 83: 473-490 (journal link)
Wutzler T and Mund M (2007) Modelling mean above and below ground litter production based on yield tables. Silva Fennica 41: 559-574 (pdf)
Peltoniemi M, Thürig E, Ogle S, Palosuo T, Schrumpf M, Wutzler T, Butterbach-Bahl K, Chertov O, Komarov A, Mikhailov A, Gärdenäs A, Perry C, Liski J, Smith P, Mäkipää R (2007) Models in country scale carbon accounting of forest soils. Silva Fennica 41: 575-602 (pdf)
Wutzler T, Reichstein M (2007) Soils apart from equilibrium – consequences for soil carbon balance modelling. Biogeosciences 4:125-136 (pdf)
Wutzler T, Köstner B, Bernhofer C (2006) Spatially explicit assessment of carbon stocks of a managed forest area in Eastern Germany. European Journal of Forest Research 126:371-381. (pdf)
Vetter M, Wirth C, Bottcher H, Churkina G, Schulze ED, Wutzler T, Weber G (2005) Partitioning direct and indirect human-induced effects on carbon sequestration of managed coniferous forests using model simulations and forest inventories. Global Change Biology, 11, 810-827 (pdf)

Book chapters

Wutzler T, Sarjoughian H (2009) DEVS-Based Simulation Interoperability. In: Handbook of Research on Discrete Event Simulation Environments: Technologies and Applications, IGI Global, pp 75-91, ISBN:978-1-60566-774-4 (book link)
Mund M, Profft I, Wutzler T, Schulze ED, Weber G, Weller E (2005) Vorbereitung für eine laufende Fortschreibung der Kohlenstoffvorräte in den Wäldern Thüringens. Abschlussbericht zur 2. Phase dem BMBF-Projektes "Modelluntersuchungen zur Umsetzung des Kyoto-Protokolls". TLWJF Gotha 120p (pdf)
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