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Liana Kindermann - PhD Candidate

Liana Kindermann
Photo: L. Raatz


University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research/Systematic Botany

Maulbeerallee 1, R. 2.08

14469 Potsdam


Phone: +49 (0) 331 977-1904




2nd Affiliation:

University of Bonn / University of Cologne

CRC Future Rural Africa

Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn



Liana Kindermann
Photo: L. Raatz

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Current Projects

I am currently doing my PhD within the DFG funded collaborative research centre Future Rural Africa, project A01: Future Carbon Storage. Within that interdisciplinary project, my work in Namibia is focused on vegetation surveys which aim to determine synergies and trade-offs along the conservation and intensification pathways of rural future-making, carbon storage in trees, and effects of trophic rewilding on plant communities. I will be conducting further research in this project’s second phase focusing on Zambia. I am also involved in our working group's activities at Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF).



Research Interests

  • Carbon storage in dryland vegetation
  • Disturbance ecology in savannas
  • Ecosystem services provided by savanna vegetation
  • Functional trait ecology in plants
  • Land-use transformation and social-ecological change
  • Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning & biodiversity-ecosystem service relationship
  • Global climate change impacts on plant functional traits and ecosystem services



Education and Experience


Since 2022 Researcher and lecturer atUniversity of Potsdam, Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany

2018 – 2021 Doctoral researcher with University of Bonn, CRC Future Rural Africa

2017 - 2018 Research assistant at TROPAGS, University of Göttingen

2016 - 2017 Research assistant at University of Cologne, leading student excursions to Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF)

2013 - 2016 Research assistant (intermittently) in project Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation (RCR), Anglo-American Department,                                Historical Institute, University of Cologne

2009 - 2016 Staatsexamen/State Examination (equivalent to MSc degree) for Biology, History and Educational Sciences, University of Cologne

2008 - 2014 Student assistant (intermittently) at Zoological and Botanical Institutes, University of Cologne





Kindermann, L., Dobler, M., Niedeggen, D., Fabiano, E. C., & Linstädter, A. (2022). Dataset on Woody Aboveground Biomass, Disturbance Losses, and Wood Density from an African Savanna Ecosystem. Data in Brief, 108155,

Kindermann, L., M. Dobler, D. Niedeggen, Linstädter, A. (2022) A new protocol for estimation of woody aboveground biomass in disturbance-prone ecosystems. Ecological Indicators 135:108466. Available at:

Sandhage-Hofmann, A., Linstädter, A., Kindermann, L., Angombe, S., Amelung, W. (2021). Conservation with elevated elephant densities sequesters carbon in soils despite losses of woody biomass. Global Change Biology 27, 4601-4614. Available at: