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SUFONAMA academic staff at University of Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer

My name is Christian Ammer and I am Professor for Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.

I mainly teach courses on forest ecosystem dynamics and management.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the module:

- Module M.Forst.1600: Forest management under different climatic conditions


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Prof. Dr. Niko Balkenhol

My name is Niko Balkenhol and I am Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management at the Department of Forest Zoology and Forest Conservation, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August University Göttingen, Germany.


My research areas are spatial & molecular ecology of wildlife, especially movement ecology and landscape genetics.

Specifically, I am interested in the causes and consequences of animal movements in heterogeneous environments, and in using our understanding of movement behavior to manage wildlife populations.


I mainly teach courses in wildlife ecology, conservation and management.


For our SUFONAMA students I am teaching the sub-module wildlife management, which is part of the module:

- M.Forst.1607: Biodiversity, NTFP´s and wildlife management


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Prof. Dr. Achim Dohrenbusch

My name is Achim Dohrenbusch. I am Professor at theDepartment of Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.


I mainly teach courses on temperate silviculture and silviculture methods.


At SUFONAMA I teach

- M.Forst.1606 (SUF): Forestry in Germany and SUFONAMA Excursion


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Dr. Hans Fuchs

My name is Hans Fuchs. I am a scientist in the department of Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology.


At SUFONAMA I teach

- M.Forst.1609: Remote sensing image processing with open source software


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Dr. Lukas Giessen

My name is Lukas Giessen. I am Senior Researcher at theChair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


I am teaching classes in forest policy, international environmental policy, forest planning policy and empirical research methods.


In SUFONAMA I am teaching in the module

- M.Forst.1512: International forest policy and economics.


My research focusses on international forest-related policies and the international forest regime. It analyses the role of international organisations in shaping international policy and the ways in which these international commitments are implemented in different countries around the globe.


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Dr. Christiane Hubo

My name is Christiane Hubo. I am researcher at the Chair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, Georg-August-University Göttingen.


I teach courses in nature conservation policy, global environmental policy, forest policy and empirical research methods.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the module:

- Modul M.Forst.1512: International forest policy and economics


My research areas are nature conservation and biodiversity policy, focusing especially on invasive alien species, protected areas and ecotourism. 


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Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn

My name is Christoph Kleinn and I am the Professor of Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August University Göttingen, Germany.


I teach courses in various fields related to forest monitoring and remote sensing, and that includes surveying, forest mensuration, sampling techniques for forest inventory, introduction to remote sensing and remote sensing applications to forest monitoring.

All these fields of “data and information procurement for forest management and forest policy” are quantitatively oriented and do currently receive much attention globally in particular in the context of the conventions on climate change and on biodiversity. It is our goal to equip our SUFONAMA students with a sound knowledge and skills base.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the modules:

- M.Forst.1513: Monitoring of forest resources

- M.Forst.1609: Remote sensing image processing with open source software (together with Dr. Hans Fuchs)


My research focus is on large area forest monitoring, and that includes sampling techniques and plot design and the link to remote sensing integration. Most of our research projects are in the tropics and we have excellent networks to many partner universities. We are interested in quantifying forest biomass and carbon, but also indicators of forest structure and biodiversity, where our interest does extend to all tree resources in forested landscapes, including also the tree resource outside the forest.


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Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl

My name is Alexander Knohl and I am the Professor of Bioclimatology at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Together with Ray Wollenzien we are the contact persons for the SUFONAMA programme at Göttingen University.

I teach courses related to climatology and forest ecosystem functioning.


In SUFONAMA I teach the modules:

- M.Forst.1601: Bioclimatology and global change

- M.SUFONAMA.2: Location specific knowledge in forest and nature management

- M.SUFONAMA.3: Joint summer module

- M.SUFONAMA.4: Research planning


My research areas focus on the interaction of forest ecosystems and atmosphere. Specifically, I aim to understand the ecophysiology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and to investigate how they respond to a changing environment and to land-use management using field and laboratory measurements and models.


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Prof. Dr. Holger KreftI mainly teach courses on biodiversity and forest ecology.


In SUFONAMA I teach the module

- M.Forst.1607: Biodiversity, NTFP´s and wildlife management

- M.SUFONAMA.4: Research planning


My research focuses on broad-scale ecological and biogeographic patterns with a particular focus on plants in order to document general trends in the spatial distribution of biodiversity, to better understand the underlying processes and to develop knowledge, theory, and tools for applied questions in conservation. This research is integrative and interdisciplinary at the interface between macroecology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and bioinformatics.


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Prof. Dr. Ralph Mitlöhner

My name is Ralph Mitlöhner and I am Professor at the Department of Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the module:

- “Forest Ecosystem Management in the Tropics” within Forest Management under different climatic conditions (M.For.1600)


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PD Dr. Roland Olschewski

My name is Roland Olschewski. I am head of the research group ‘Environmental and Resource Economics’ at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Zurich (Switzerland).

My teaching activities span from environmental and resource economics to forest and development economics.


At SUFONAMA I teach- 'Forest Development and Environmental Economics' as part of the module ‘International Forest Economics’.


My research is focused on the valuation of ecosystem services of forests and landscapes. 


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Prof. Dr. Joachim Saborowski

My name is Joachim Saborowski. I am Professor at the chairs of Ecosystem Modelling and of Ecoinformatics, Biometrics and Forest Growth, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-UniversitätGöttingen.


I mainly teach courses on biometric data analysis in our Bachelor's and Master's programmes, particularly in the


SUFONAMA module

- M.Forst.1523: Biometrical research methods.


My research areas are: sampling techniques for forest inventory, spatial modelling and prediction in forestry.


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Dr. Peter Surovy

My name is Peter Surový, I am recently a researcher at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics in Tokyo.

My teaching activities are mostly focused on forest data acquisition, growth modeling and decision support in forestry. 


At SUFONAMA I am involved in teaching the module

- Modul M.Forst.1523: Biometrical research methods (Forest dynamics)


My research areas are 3d data acquisition and analysis, digital image analysis in forestry, growth modeling and decision support.


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Prof. Dr. Edzo Veldkamp

My name is Edzo Veldkamp and I am Professor for Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

I mainly teach courses on soil science, nutrient cycling and global change.


At SUFONAMA I teach:

- M.Forst.1601: Bioclimatology and global change


My research areas are on the impact of global change processes (e.g. increased nitrogen deposition, land-use change, changes in temperature and rainfall regimes) on soil processes and forest net primary production; carbon, nitrogen dynamics and nutrient fluxes in tropical ecosystems; soil-atmosphere exchange of trace gases (N2O, NO, CH4, CO2) and the interaction between vegetation diversity and soil processes


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Dr. Barbara Vornam

My name is Barbara Vornam.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the module

  • - 'M.Forst.1606 (SUF): Forestry in Germany'

More information about the Section Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at Göttingen University


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