Dr. (Delphine) Clara Zemp


email: delphine-clara.zemp[at]forst.uni-goettingen.de
phone: +49-(0)551-39-21857
address: Büsgwenweg 1, 37077 Göttingen
office: 1.136

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding mechanisms and dynamics linking biodiversity, climate and land use in tree-based natural and agricultural systems in the tropics, in order to support sustainable and resilient ecosystem management strategies. I am interested in combining various methodological approaches including remote sensing, model development and ground-based measurements. I have experience using techniques from complexity sciences to analyze non-linearities, feedbacks and interactions in the system at various spatio-temporal scales.

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
(MSc, lecture & seminar, English, summer term)

Projects (funded by the German Research Foundation):

I am currently researcher in the Biodiversity Enrichment Experiment in Oil Palm Plantations of the Colaborative Research Center "Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia) - EFForTS" (since 2016)

I previously investivated vegetation-rainfall feedbacks in the Amazon region as part of my PhD and early postdoc in the International Research Training Group "Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks" (2012 - 2016)

Awards and distinctions

2016: Start-up research grant from the DFG-funded IRTG1740
2015: Merian Award for best presentations at the annual meeting of the Society of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ)
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


2016: PhD in Earth System Sciences / Geography
> Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) & Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2012: Engeneer degree in Agricultural Sciences / Geographic Information Systems
> National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France

2008: Equivalent BSc in Natural Sciences
> École Nationale de Chimie Physique Biologie, Paris, France

International experience

Vietnam (undergraduate internship, 6 months), Norway (undergraduate internship, 6 months),
Brazil (PhD, 6 months), Indonesia (postdoc, > 1.5 years)


Merten, J., Stiegler, C., Hennings, N., Purnama, E., Röll, A., Agusta, H., Dippold, M., Fehrmann, L., Gunawan, D., Hölscher, D., Knohl, A., Kückes, J., Otten, F., Zemp, D. C., Faust H., Flooding and land-use change in Jambi Province, Sumatra: integrating local knowledge and scientific inquiry, Ecology and Society, accepted.

Zemp, D.C, Ehbrecht, M., Seidel,D., Ammer, C., Craven, D., Erkelenz, J., Irawan, B., Sundawati, L., Hölscher, D., Kreft, H. (2019) Mixed-species tree plantings enhance structural complexity in oil palm plantations, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, doi: 10.1111/1365‐2664.

Zemp, D.C & Gérard, A. Hölscher, D, Ammer, C., Irawan, B., Sundawati, L., Teuscher, M., Kreft, H. (2019) Tree performance in a biodiversity enrichment experiment in an oil-palm landscape, Journal of Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13460.

Seidel, D., Annighöfer, P, Stiers, M., Zemp, D.C. , Burkardt, K., Ehbrecht, M., Willim, K., Kreft, H., Hölscher, K., Ammer, C. (2019) How a measure of tree structural complexity relates to architectural benefit-to-cost ratio, light availability and growth of trees, Ecology and Evolution, doi:10.1002/ece3.5281.

Röll, A., Niu, F., Meijide, A., Ahongshangbam, J., Ehbrecht, M., Guillaume, T., Gunawan, T., Hardanto, A., Hendrayanto, H., Hertel, D., Kotowska, M., Kreft, H., Kuzyakov, Y., Leuschner, C., Nomura, M., Polle, A., Rembold, K., Sahner, J., Seidel, D., Zemp, D. C., Knohl, A., Hölscher, D. (2019) Transpiration on the rebound in lowland Sumatra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology , 274, 160-171.

Khokthong, W.. Zemp, D. C., Irawan, B., Sundawati, L., Kreft, H., Hölscher, D. (2019) Drone-Based Assessment of Canopy Cover for Analyzing Tree Mortality in an Oil Palm Agroforest, Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2:12. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00012.

Weng, W., Costa, L., Luedeke, M., Zemp, D.C. (2019) Aerial River Management by Smart Cross-border Reforestation, Land Use Policy , 84, 105-113.

Grossman, J.J., Vanhellemont, M., Barsoum, N., Bauhus, J., Bruelheide, H., Castagneyrol, B., Cavender-Bares, J., Eisenhauer, N., Ferlian, O., Gravel, D., Hector, A., Jactel, H., Kreft, H., Mereu, S., Messier, C., Muys, B., Nock, C., Paquette, A., Parker, J., Perring, M.P., Ponette, Q., Reich, P.B., Schuldt, A., Staab, M., Weih, M., Zemp, D.C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Verheyen, K. (2018) Synthesis and future research directions linking tree diversity to growth, survival, and damage in a global network of tree diversity experiments. Environmental and Experimental Botany. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.12.015.

Staal, A., Tuinenburg, O., Bosmans, J., Holmgren, M., Van Nes, E., Scheffer, M., Zemp, D. C., and Dekker, S. (2018) Forest-rainfall cascades buffer against drought across the Amazon. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0177-y.

Weng, W., Luedeke, M. K. B., Zemp, D. C., Lakes, T., and Kropp, J. P. (2018) Aerial and surface rivers: downwind impacts on water availability from land use changes in Amazonia. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 911-927, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-911-2018.

Zemp, D. C., Schleussner, C.F., Barbosa, M. J., and Rammig, A.(2017) Deforestation effects on Amazon forest resilience. Geophysical Research Letters , 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL072955. 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. (2017) Self-amplied Amazon forest loss due to atmosphere-vegetation feedbacks. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms14681.

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. (2016) Large-scale impact of climate change versus land-use change on future biome shifts in Latin America. Global Change Biology, 22, 3689-3701.

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.(2014) : On the importance of cascading moisture recycling in South America, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 13337-13359.

Zemp, D. C., Wiedermann, M., Kurths, J., Rammig, A. and Donges, J. F. (2014): Node-weighted measures for complex networks with directed and weighted edges for studying continental moisture recycling, Europhysics Letters, 107, 58005.