Guest Lecture Series

Each year the RTG invites well know scholars in the field of forest sciences, biology and statistics for guest lectures.
This winter semester our guest lecture series is organized in cooperation with RTG 2123 "Conservation of Forest Biodiversity in Multiple-Use Landscapes of Central Europe" in Freiburg and will take place in an online format via zoom.

If you are interested to join, please register by sending an email to with your name and affiliation or reason why you are interested in the talk.

Next guest lectures in 2021 will be given by the following scholars:

  • Dr. Cedric Meunier on June 9 at 2 pm on "Altered biogeochemical cycles and their influence on terrestrial and aquatic food webs"

  • Prof. Martin Gossner on June 16 at 2 pm on "Forest management, biodiversity and ecosystem functions - to what extent are these relationships scale-dependent?"

Recent guest lectures

  • Jacob Dittel, PhD on April 11, 2018 on "Cracking the nut of animal-mediated seed dispersal"

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Bolte on June 20, 2018 on "Interspecific interactions in mixed spruce-beech forests"

  • Prof. Dr. Taryn Bauerle on June 27, 2018 on "Under the weather: root growth and physiology in response to water limitation"

  • Prof. Dan Binkley, PhD on July 4, 2018 on "Four decades of production ecology: the interaction of ideas and experiments"

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Pretzsch on July 18, 2018 on "Mixed-species forests. Tracing mixing effects from the stand to the organ level"

  • Prof. Björn Lindahl on October 17, 2018 on "Fungal regulation of carbon and nutrient cycling in boreal forests"

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Schuldt on November 21, 2018 on "Arthropod diversity and ecological functions in mixed-species forests"

  • Dr. Karin Pritsch on January 23, 2019 on "Reactivity of ectomycorrhizal communities of spruce and beech to recurrent years of severe summer drought"

  • Thordis Thorarinsdottir, Ph.D. on February 21, 2019 on "Statistics in climate research: The importance of stochastic modelling and uncertainty quantification"

  • Prof. Klaus J. Puettmann on March 27, 2019 on "One treatment does not fit all: restoration thinning in Douglas-fir plantations"

  • Prof. David H. Wise on May 22, 2019 on "Trophic interactions in the leaf-litter arthropod community"

  • Prof. Dr. Kathy Steppe on June 5, 2019 on " giving a voice to trees in a world of climate change"

  • Dr. habil Henrik Hartmann on July 10, 2019 on "Trees and forests in the 21st century – is a 385 million year-old success story coming to an end?"

  • Dr. Alessio Mortelliti on June 11, 2020 at 3 pm on "Food for Thought: Ecological Consequences of Personality in Small Mammals"

  • Malcolm Itter, PhD on June 25, 2020 at 3 pm on "Process-based, Bayesian methods to advance understanding of forest change and inform adaptive management"

  • Prof. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen on July 30, 2020 at 3 pm on "The role of tree diversity for ecosystem functioning, resilience and delivery of ecosystem services"

  • Palle Madsen on September 28, 2020 at 3 pm on "Forest regeneration research and development - what’s new and where are the links to overall sustainability agendas?"

  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Seppelt on November 11, 2020 at 2 pm on "Biodiversity loss. Its drivers and ways towards solutions: Insights from the IPBES Global Assessment"

  • Mareike Kortmann on November 19, 2020 at 2 pm on "Impacts of bark beetle infestations on biodiversity and recreation in protected areas of Central Europe"

  • Dr. Frank Krumm on January 21, 2021 at 2 pm on "How to balance forestry and biodiversity conservation on a forest enterprise level"

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Gottschalk on February 4, 2021 at 2 pm on "Conservation and ecology of open forests"

  • Prof. Dr. Adam Felton on February 19, 2021 at 9 am on "Complexities of integration / segregation model of forest biodiversity conservation in Sweden"