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Current team


Christian Wirth

Head of the Research Group

Christian Wirth is Max-Planck-Fellow and head of the research group. He is professor at the University of Leipzig and Director of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. His research is focussed on biodiversity and ecosystem function with emphasis on trees and forest ecosystems of the northern temperate and boreal regions.

website
phone: +49 341 97 38591
email: cwirth(at)uni-leipzig.de


Jens Kattge

Group Leader

Jens Kattge is interested in the diversity of plant characteristics, how this is related to ecosystem function at local to global scales and how this is represented in large-scale ecosystem models. He coordinates the TRY initiative.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 6226
email: jkattge(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Susanne Tautenhahn

Postdoctoral researcher

Susanne joined the group in the context of the project 'Mobilization of trait data from digital image files by deep learning approaches'.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 6292
email: staut(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Julia Joswig

PhD Student

The PhD project of Julia Joswig is focussed on characterising and analysing the multidimensional spectrum of plant function at global scale. Julia is jointly affiliated to the Department of Biogeochemical Integration at the MPI-BGC and co-supervised by Miguel Mahecha, leader of the research group 'Empirical Inference of the Earth System'. Julia is finishing her PhD at the University of Zurich.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 6211
email: jjoswig(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


David Schöne

Researcher

David Schöne is responsible for the management of the BExIS database at the MPI-BGC.

website
phone: +49 3641 576 318
email: dblaa(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Gerhard Bönisch

Scientific Data Manager

Gerhard Bönisch is responsible for the development and management of the TRY database and website. In addition he is managing data for various scientific projects and laboratories. He is jointly affiliated to the Department of Biogeochemical Integration at the MPI-BGC. Gerhard holds a PhD in Physics.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 6277
email: boenisch(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Angela Günther

Database Assistant

Angela Günther works on the consolidation of categorical traits in the context of the TRY database. Angela holds a Diploma in Biology.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 6210
email: Angela.Guenther(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Vamsi Krishna Kommineni

Master student

Vamsi studies Scientific Instrumentation at FH Jena and does his Master thesis in the group on evaluating global patterns of leaf size using machine learning approaches.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 xxxx
email: vkommin(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Pramod Baddam

Master student

Pramod studies Scientific Instrumentation at FH Jena and does his Master thesis in the group on disentangling temporal and spatial environmental effects on leaf size.

website
phone: +49 3641 57 xxxx
email: pbaddam(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de


Former group members

  • Gabriel Walther has finished his internship and is now PhD student at the University of Jena, Department for Biodiversity of Plants.
  • Talie Musavi has finished her PhD and is now a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department Biogeochemical Integration at the MPI-BGC, exploring ecosystem stability regarding its structural and biological properties.
  • Ulrike Stahl PhD student in the group and PostDoc in the project 'Plant Trait Semantics', has left the research group to take a position at the Julius Kühn-Institut in Quedlinburg, Germany
  • Daniel Marra has finished his PhD and is now a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department Biogeochemical Processes at the MPI-BGC. His working address is at the University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Marie-Angélique Laporte, PostDoc in the project 'Plant Trait Semantics', has left the research group to take a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bioversity International in Montpellier, France
  • Franziska Schrodt, PostDoc in the project 'iTRY', has left the research group to take a Senior Lectureship at the University of Nottingham, UK
  • Roland Moews, PhD in mathematics, has supported the group 2014 in the context of statistical evaluations of different methods to fill gaps in the TRY database.
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