Dr. (Delphine) Clara Zemp
I focus my research on the effects of climate and land-use change on tropical forests with implications for sustainable ecosystem management. I am interested in combining various methodological approaches including remote sensing data analysis, statistical model development and field measurements. I have experience in using techniques from complexity sciences (such as complex networks and complexity measures in time series) to analyze non-linearities, feedbacks and interactions in the Earth System.
Education / Academic experiences
Since May 2016: Postdoc in the Biodiversity Enrichment Experiment of the DFG-funded Colaborative Research Center "Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)", University of Göttingen, Germany
July 2012 - Apr. 2016: PhD in Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, with a six-month research stay at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
Sept. 2012: Engineer's degree in Agronomy (Major: Geographic information systems applied to environment and land management) at the ENSAT (École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse), Toulouse, France
Jan. 2011 - June 2011: Internship at the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Ås, Norway
June 2010 - Dec. 2010: Internship at the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in the research program "Biogeochemistry, Agroecology and Agricultural watershed management", Hanoi, Vietnam
July 2006 - Sept. 2008: Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Écoles (equivalent to BSc.) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Mathematics at the ENCPB (École Nationale de Chimie Physique Biologie), Paris, France
Awards and distinctions
2016: PhD thesis graded magna cum laude (very good)
Nov. 2015 - Apr. 2016: Start-up research fellowship from the DFG-funded International Research Training Group "Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks"
2015: Merian Award for best presentations at the annual meeting of the Society of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ) (1st price)
2014: Editor's Choice Article for my article published in Europhysics Letter
2013: Xavier Bernard foundation Award from the French Academy of Agriculture for best diploma theses (1st price)
Reviews for journals: New Phytologist, Nature Climate Change, Climate Dynamics, Biogeosciences, Global Ecology and Biogeography
Zemp, D. C., Schleussner, C.F., Barbosa, M. J., and Rammig, A. Deforestation effects on Amazon forest resilience. Geophysical Research Letters , 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL072955, 2017. Research Highlights in Nature.
Zemp, D. C., Schleussner, C.F., Barbosa, M. J., Hirota, M., Montade, V., Sampaio, G., Staal, A., Wang-Erlandsson, L. and Rammig, A. Self-amplied Amazon forest loss due to atmosphere-vegetation feedbacks. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms14681, 2017.
Boit, A, Sakschewski, B., Boysen, L., Crespo, A., Clement, J., Alaniz, N., Kok, K., Kolb, M., Langerwisch, F., Rammig, A., Sachse, R., van Eupen, M., von Bloh, W., Zemp, D. C. and Thonicke, K. Large-scale impact of climate change versus land-use change on future biome shifts in Latin America. Global Change Biology, 22, 3689-3701, 2016.
Zemp, D. C., Schleussner, C.-F., Barbosa, H. M. J., van der Ent, R. J., Donges, J. F., Heinke, J., Sampaio, G., and Rammig, A.: On the importance of cascading moisture recycling in South America, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 13337-13359, 2014.
Zemp, D. C., Wiedermann, M., Kurths, J., Rammig, A. and Donges, J. F.: Node-weighted measures for complex networks with directed and weighted edges for studying continental moisture recycling, Europhysics Letters, 107, 58005, 2014.
Zemp, D. C., Feedbacks between vegetation and rainfall in the Amazon region - a complex network approach. PhD thesis, Geography department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2016.
Zemp, D. C., The complexity of the fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (fAPAR), Diploma thesis, École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse, 2012.