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Dipl.-Ing. agr. Kai Behn

Kai Behn
Photo: Kai Behn


1st Affiliation:

University of Bonn
Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)
Department of Plant Nutrition

Nußallee 1, 3nd floor (office)
Karlrobert-Kreiten-Str. 13 (post)
D-53115 Bonn
phone: 0049 (0)228 / 73-3335


Research Group:
Grassland Ecology & Grassland Management




2nd Affiliation:

University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany Group

Maulbeerallee 1

14469 Potsdam, Germany




Kai Behn
Photo: Kai Behn

Research Interest

Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem functions and services, Responses of plants and vegetation to climate and land use changes, Vegetation classification, Vegetation ecology




Positions held

  • Since 2022 Lecturer, University of Bonn, INRES
  • 2019-2022 Research Assistant, University of Bonn, INRES - Grassland Ecology & Grassland Management Group
  • 2017-2018 Scientific Assistant

     University of Bonn, INRES - Plant Nutrition


  • 2011-2013 Scientific Assistant

     University of Bonn, INRES – Vegetation ecology


  • 2008-2010 Student Assistant

     University of Bonn, INRES – Geobotany and Conservation




Teaching Experience

Courses on plant identification, botanical excursions, ecological field method courses, statistical analysis with R.





  • Since 2013

PhD Student at University of Bonn

Vegetation Ecology

  • 2011

Diploma in Agricultural Science

  • 2009

University of Helsinki, Finland (Exchange semester)

  • 2004-2011

Study of Agricultural Science, Nature Conservation and Landscape ecology

University of Bonn, Germany



Selected Publications

  • Behn, K., Becker, M., Burghof, S., Möseler, B.M., Willy, D.K., Alvarez, M. (2018). Using vegetation attributes to rapidly asses degradation of East African wetlands. Ecological Indicators 89C
  • Beuel, S., Alvarez, M., Amler, E., Behn, K., Kotze, D., Kreye, C., ... & Becker, M. (2016). A rapid assessment of anthropogenic disturbances in East African wetlands. Ecological Indicators, 67, 684-692.
  • Beuel, S., Alvarez, M., Amler, E., Behn, K., Kleißler, K., Kotze, D., ... & Willy, D. K. (2015). Analyse von on-site und off-site Faktoren der hydrologischen Feuchtgebietsdegradation in Ostafrika.
  • Becker, M., Alvarez, M., Behn, K., Möseler, B.M., Handa, C., Oyieke, H., Misana, S., Mogha, N. (2014): Small wetlands in East Africa: A field guide to the representative flora. Selbstverlag, Bonn. Germany. 202 pp. ISBN 978-3-00-047349-4.
  • Munjonji, L., Kwabena Ayisi, K., Mudongo, E. I., Mafeo, T. P., Behn, K., Mokoka, V., & Linstaedter, A. (2020). Disentangling drought and grazing effects on soil carbon stocks and CO2 fluxes in a semi-arid African savanna. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, 207.