Climate-ecosystem-disturbance interactions group

Dr. Ana Bastos


The Climate-Ecosystem-Disturbance Interactions group focuses on the links between climate variability and change, disturbance regimes and ecosystem structure and functioning, at regional to global scales. More specifically, the group’s research aims to:

  • (i) quantify ecosystem vulnerability and resilience to climate extremes and changes in disturbance patterns, including the role of management;
  • (ii) understand the effects of compound disturbances (climatic and/or biotic) on ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical cycling;
  • (iii) gain insights on the drivers of inter-annual to decadal variability in the carbon cycle with a focus on ocean-atmosphere-land teleconnections.

By combining observation-based data (such as eddy-covariance, atmospheric monitoring, remote-sensing) and data-driven and process-based modeling, the group’s research aims at reducing uncertainties in key components of the earth system, particularly the feedbacks between climate and the carbon-cycle and better constrain the contribution of land ecosystems for climate change mitigation.


Current Team Members

Ana Bastos
Group Leader
  • +49 3641 57-8922
ITP B.3.006
MPG Publications
Evgenii Churiulin
Scientific Programmer
  • +49 3641 57 8920
ITP B3.22
Jose Cortes
  • +49 3641 57-8947
ITP B3.031
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Laura Häbold
Student assistant
ITP B.3.006
Theertha Kariyathan
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 57-8912
ITP B3.26
Na Li
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 57-8918
ITP B3.24
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Nora Linscheid
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 57-8904
ITP B3.030
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Annu Panwar
  • +49 3641 57-8921
ITP B3.22
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Samuel Upton
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 5-78909
ITP B.3.28
Chenwei Xiao
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 (0)3641 -57-8911
ITP B3.26
Xin Yu
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 - 578913
ITP B3.26
MPG Publications


We will have openings for two PhD positions in forest disturbance modelling in the ERC project ForExD in 2023. For questions, please contact Dr. Ana Bastos (


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Recent publications

Journal Article (28)

Journal Article
M. Wu, S. Manzoni, G. Vico, Ana Bastos, F. de Vries, and G. Messori, "Drought legacy in sub-seasonal vegetation state and sensitivity to climate over the Northern Hemisphere," Geophysical Research Letters (2022).
Journal Article
Kai Wang, Ana Bastos, Philippe Ciais, Xuhui Wang, Christian Rödenbeck, Pierre Gentine, Frédéric Chevallier, Vincent W. Humphrey, Chris Huntingford, Michael O'Sullivan, Sonia I. Seneviratne, Stephen Sitch, and Shilong Piao, "Regional and seasonal partitioning of water and temperature controls on global land carbon uptake variability," Nature Communications 13, 3469 (2022).
Journal Article
David Crisp, Han Dolman, Toste Tanhua, Galen A. McKinley, Judith Hauck, Ana Bastos, Stephen Sitch, Simon Eggleston, and Valentin Aich, "How well do we understand the land-ocean-atmosphere carbon cycle?," Reviews of Geophysics 60 (2), e2021RG000736 (2022).
Journal Article
Sungmin O, Ana Bastos, Markus Reichstein, Wantong Li, Jasper M. C. Denissen, Hanna Graefen, and René Orth, "The role of climate and vegetation in regulating drought-heat extremes," Journal of Climate (2022).
Journal Article
Zhu Deng, Philippe Ciais, Zitely A. Tzompa-Sosa, Marielle Saunois, Chunjing Qiu, Chang Tan, Taochun Sun, Piyu Ke, Yanan Cui, Katsumasa Tanaka, Xin Lin, Rona L. Thompson, Hanqin Tian, Yuanzhi Yao, Yuanyuan Huang, Ronny Lauerwald, Atul K. Jain, Xiaoming Xu, Ana Bastos, Stephen Sitch, Paul I. Palmer, Thomas Lauvaux, Alexandre d’Aspremont, Clément Giron, Antoine Benoit, Benjamin Poulter, Jinfeng Chang, Ana Maria Roxana Petrescu, Steven J. Davis, Zhu Liu, Giacomo Grassi, Clément Albergel, Francesco N. Tubiello, Lucia Perugini, Wouter Peters, and Frédéric Chevallier, "Comparing national greenhouse gas budgets reported in UNFCCC inventories against atmospheric inversions," Earth System Science Data 14, 1639-1675 (2022).
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