Vice-President for Student and Academic Services Professor Christian Ammer
Professor Christian Ammer has been Vice-President for Student and Academic Services at the University of Göttingen since 1 December 2021. The University Senate elected the forest scientist for a term of two years and he holds this office alongside his other academic and administrative roles. Ammer has held a professorship for Silviculture and Forest Ecology of Temperate Zones at the University of Göttingen since 2007. From 2012 to 2016, and again from 2020 until the end of November 2021, he was Dean of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology. From 2017 to 2019, he was a member of the University Senate.
Personal Executive Assistant
Dr Serena Müller
Office of Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Phone +49 551 39-21056
Fax +49 551 39-18-21056
Academic and professional career
|since 2007||Professor for Silviculture and Forest Ecology of Temperate Zones at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen|
|2006||Research stay at the School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne, Australia|
|2005-2007||Head of the Department of Silviculture at the Bavarian State Forest Institute|
|2003 - 2005||Staff member at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Education, Training, Forest Research, Information and Documentation|
|2001 - 2002||Deputy Head Landshut Forestry Office, Germany|
|2001||Habilitation in silviculture, Technical University of Munich|
|2001||Research stay at Oregon State University, USA|
|1996||Doctorate in silviculture, Technical University of Munich|
|1992 - 2001||Research Assistant at the Department of Silviculture, Technical University of Munich|
|1990 - 1992||Parental leave|
|1988 - 1990||Traineeship at the Bavarian State Forestry Administration|
|1983 - 1988||Study of Forest Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich|
Awards, scholarships and memberships
|2007, 2009, 2013||Prize for the best teaching, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology|
|2007||Hanskarl-Göttling Prize of the Bavarian State Forest Institute|
|2001||Travel grant from the Dr.-Ing. Leonhard Lorenz Foundation|
Management and committee responsibilities
|since 2021||Member of the DFG's Permanent Senate Commission on Fundamental Questions on Biodiversity|
|since 2020||President of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)|
|2020-2021 and 2012-2016||Dean of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen|
|since 2017||Spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group 2300 “Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning”|
|2017-2021||Acting Head, Department of Soil Sciences of the Temperate Zones, University of Göttingen|
|2017-2020||Dean of Finance, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen|
|2017-2019||Member of the Senate, University of Göttingen, Deputy Spokesperson|
|2016-2021||Ombudsperson of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen|
|since 2016||Member of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Review Board 207 (Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine) and Deputy Spokesperson since 2020|
|since 2016||Spokesperson of the Research Advisory Board of the Hainich National Park|
|since 2016||Member of the Advisory Board and Mentor, Dorothea Schlözer Mentoring Programme, University of Göttingen|
|since 2016||Associate Editor, Forest Ecology and Management|
|since 2016||Associate Editor, BMC Ecology and Evolution|
|2013-2016||Spokesperson of the Deans of the University of Göttingen|
|since 2013||Chair of the Forest Advisory Council of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection|
|2012-2018||Spokesperson of the Working Group Forest Ecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)|
|2011-2021||Member of the Board, and from 2011-2014 Founding Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use, University of Göttingen|
|since 2009||Subject Editor, Silviculture German Journal of Forest Research (AFJZ)|
|since 2009||Subject Editor Silviculture European Journal of Forest Research|
|2005-2010||Chair of the Silviculture Section of the German Union of Forest Research Organizations (Deutscher Verband forstlicher Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalten)|
- Regeneration ecology
- Silvicultural options for the adaptation of forests to climate change
- Effects of forest management on biodiversity
- Mixed species forest research
Top 10 Publications2021 | Journal Article | Original Work
Global patterns and climatic controls of forest structural complexity
Ehbrecht M, Seidel D, Annighöfer P, Kreft H, Köhler M, Zemp D, Puettmann K, Nilus R, Babweteera F, Willim K, Stiers M, Soto D, Boehmer HJ, Fisichelli N, Burnett M, Juday G, Stephens S, Ammer C (2021)
Nature Communications, 12(1).
2021 | Journal Article | Original Work
An interdisciplinary framework to describe and evaluate the functioning of forest ecosystems
Glatthorn J, Annighöfer P, Balkenhol N, Leuschner C, Polle A, Scheu S, Schuldt A, Schuldt B, Ammer C (2021)
Basic and Applied Ecology, 52 pp. 1-14.
2018 | Journal Article
Diversity and forest productivity in a changing climate
Ammer, C. (2018)
New Phytologist, 221(1) pp. 50-66.
2019 | Journal Article
Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers
Seibold, S.; Gossner, M. M.; Simons, N. K.; Blüthgen, N.; Müller, J.; Ambarlı, D. & Ammer, C. u.a. (2019)
Nature, 574(7780) pp. 671-674.
2018 | Journal Article
Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features
Penone C, Allan E, Soliveres S, Felipe-Lucia MR, Gossner MM, Seibold S, Simons NK, Schall P, van der Plas F, Manning P, Manzanedo RD, Boch S, Prati D, Ammer C, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Ehbrecht M, Goldmann K, Jung K, Müller J, Müller JC, Pena R, Polle A, Renner SC, Ruess L, Schönig I, Schrumpf M, Solly EF, Tschapka M, Weisser WW, Wubet T, Fischer M (2018)
Ecology Letters, 22(1) pp. 170-180.
2016 | Journal Article
Site-adapted admixed tree species reduce drought susceptibility of mature European beech
Metz J, Annighöfer P, Schall P, Zimmermann J, Kahl T, Schulze E-D, Ammer C (2016)
Global Change Biology, 22(2) pp. 903-920.
2014 | Journal Article
The more, the better? Water relations of Norway spruce stands after progressive thinning
Gebhardt T, Häberle K-H, Matyssek R, Schulz C, Ammer C (2014)
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 197 pp. 235-243.
2013 | Journal Article
How to quantify forest management intensity in Central European forests
Schall P, Ammer C (2013)
European Journal of Forest Research, 132(2) pp. 379-396.
2019 | Journal Article
Assessment of early survival and growth of planted Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) seedlings under extreme continental climate conditions of northern Mongolia
Sukhbaatar, G.; Ganbaatar, B.; Jamsran, T.; Purevragchaa, B.; Nachin, B. & Gradel, A. (2019)
Journal of Forestry Research, pp. 1-14.
2008 | Journal Article
Ontogenetic variation in the relative influence of light and belowground resources on European beech seedling growth
Ammer C, Stimm B, Mosandl R (2008)
Tree Physiology, 28(5) pp. 721-728.