Marleen Pallandt, MSc.



Per 01.01.2024 I moved to Stockholm University. Please find my updated web page here:

Research Interests
  • terrestrial C & water cycle
  • process-based terrestrial biosphere models
  • remote sensing of vegetation
About me

My background is a mix of vegetation ecology (, GIS & remote sensing (MSc. degree) and terrestrial biosphere modelling. Before joining the institute, I gained experience with ecophysiology and modelling the terrestrial carbon & water cycle by working with a global dynamic vegetation model (LPJ-GUESS) at Wageningen University for several years.

PhD project
My PhD project focused on modelling the role of soil moisture and temperature on SOC decomposition. The thesis was submitted to Bayreuth University and is currently under review (updated April 2024).

Selected Publications:

  • Pallandt, M., Schrumpf, M., Lange, H., Reichstein, M., Yu, L., and Ahrens, B.: Drought counteracts soil warming more strongly in the subsoil than in the topsoil according to a vertical microbial SOC model, EGUsphere [preprint],, 2024.
  • Pallandt, M., Ahrens, B., Koirala, S., Lange, H. Reichstein, M., Schrumpf, M., Zaehle, S. (2022). Vertically divergent responses of SOC decomposition to soil moisture in a changing climate. JGR: Biogeosciences 127,
  • Thum, T., Caldararu, S., Engel, J., Kern, M., Pallandt, M., Schnur, R., Yu, L., and Zaehle, S. (2019). A new terrestrial biosphere model with coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles (QUINCY v1.0; revision 1996). Geosc. Mod. Dev. 12,
  • Vermeulen, M., Kruijt, B., Hickler, T., Kabat, P., 2015. Modelling short-term variability in carbon and water exchange in a temperate Scots pine forest. Earth Syst. Dynam., 6,
  • Mücher, C.A., Kooistra, L., Vermeulen, M., Vanden Borre, J., Haest, B., Haveman, R., 2013. Quantifying structure of Natura 2000 heathland habitats using spectral mixture analysis and segmentation techniques on hyperspectral imagery. Ecological Indicators 33,


  • Since January 2024: Researcher at Stockholm University (HoliSoils project)
  • Since April 2018: PhD candidate at MPI BGC Jena (thesis submitted)
  • June 2022 - Feb 2023: Maternity & parental leave
  • Oct 2017 - March 2018: Guest researcher at MPI-BGC Jena
  • Jan 2017 - Sept 2017: GIS information specialist at Provincie Utrecht (government)
  • 2010 - 2015: Researcher at Wageningen university, dpt. Earth System Science & Climate Change
  • 2010: MSc. GIS & remote sensing, Wageningen University. Thesis title: "Possibilities of hyperspectral remote sensing for monitoring the structure and functioning of habitat types in a heathland ecosystem"
  • 2008: BSc. Biology, Wageningen University. Specialization in vegetation ecology
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