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Tobias Kuemmerle

Curriculum Vitae

since 2012: Associate Professor for Biogeography & Conservation Biology at the Geography Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany (Guest Professorship funded by the Einstein Foundation)

2010-2011: Junior Research Group Leader at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2010-2011: Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
(funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

2008-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology,
University of Wisconsin-Madison (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

2007-2008: Postdoctoral Researcher, Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2007: Ph.D., Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2003: Diploma in Applied Environmental Sciences, Remote Sensing Department, University of Trier


Research Interests

Land use is a principal forcing of global environmental change and a major driver of biodiversity decline. The overarching goal of my research is to improve our understanding of where and why land use changes, how that affects species’ habitats and populations, and what characterizes sustainable land systems that balance biodiversity conservation and humanity’s resource needs. My interdisciplinary and highly collaborative research approach bridges land use science, landscape ecology, conservation biology, and biogeography to address these issues at broad geographic scales. Besides its scientific goals, my research is strongly motivated by informing conservation and land use planning to help transition towards sustainable futures for land systems.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and eating, doing sports (mainly basketball and snowboard), and watching my favourite football team Werder Bremen. I am also constantly working on expanding my vinyl record collection.

Selected Publications

Kuemmerle, T., Hickler, T., Olofsson, J., Schurgers, G., and Radeloff, V. C. (2012): Refugee species
conservation: which historic baseline should inform conservation planning? Diversity & Distributions, 18,

Kuemmerle, T., Hickler, T., Olofsson, J., Schurgers, G., and Radeloff, V. C. (2011): Reconstructing range
dynamics and range fragmentation of European bison for the last 8000 years. Diversity & Distributions,
18, 47-59..

Kuemmerle, T., Radeloff, V.C, Perzanowski, K., Kozlo, P., Sipko, T., Khoyetskyy, P., Bashta, A. -T.,
Chikurova, E., Parnikoza, I., Baskin, L., Angelstam, P. and Waller, D. M. (2011): Predicting potential
European bison habitat across its former range. Ecological Applications, 21, 830-843.

Kuemmerle, T., Olofsson, P., Chaskovskyy, O., Baumann, M., Ostapowicz, K., Woodcock C., Houghton, R.
A., Hostert, P., Keeton, W. S., and Radeloff, V.C. (2011): Post-Soviet farmland abandonment, forest
recovery, and carbon sequestration in western Ukraine. Global Change Biology, 17, 1335-1349.



Project supported by a grant from the National Science Centre


National Science Centre