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Axel Kleidon

Group leader


Axel Kleidon
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
P.B. 10 01 64
07701 Jena

Office: A2.015
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57-6217
Fax: + 49 (0)3641 57-7201

Email: akleidon AT bgc-jena DOT mpg DOT de
Twitter: @akleidon

ORCID: 0000-0002-3798-0730
ResearcherID: O-7843-2014


Photo: Rudolf K. Wernicke

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Short Biography:

Axel Kleidon studied physics and meteorology at the University of Hamburg and Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 in meteorology from the University of Hamburg. After his PostDoc at Stanford University he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 2001. Since 2006 he leads an independent research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. In his research, he uses thermodynamics to quantify natural energy conversions within the Earth system and their limits, and applies this approach to understand atmosphere-biosphere interactions, Earth system responses to global change, and the natural limits of renewable energy.

Education and Positions held:

  • 2006 - present: Max Planck Research Group leader, Biospheric Theory and Modelling Group, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
  • 2001 - 2006: Assistant Professor: Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. 2004-2006 jointly with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.
  • 1998 - 2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. Advisor: Prof. Harold A Mooney.
  • 1994 - 1998: University of Hamburg (Germany), Ph.D. May 1998, Meteorology. Advisor: Martin Heimann, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology.
  • 1992 - 1994: Purdue University (Indiana, USA), M.Sc. May 1994, Physics.
  • 1989 - 1992: University of Hamburg (Germany), Physics, Minor: Mathematics, Meteorology.


  • American Geophysical Union (link).
  • European Geosciences Union (link).


  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship, Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, 1998-2000. (link).
  • GKSS Award for Understandable Science, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht, Germany, 1998.
  • Student Exchange Fellowship, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1992.


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