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Dr. Philipp Porada


University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3
14476 Potsdam (Golm)
Tel.: +49 331 977 1959
E-Mail: philporadauni-potsdamde
Building 60, 3rd floor, Office 3.17

Research interests

● Non-vascular vegetation (lichens, mosses, algae) and their role for ecosystem processes and climate at the global scale

● Effects of future climatic change on diversity patterns of vegetation, and consequences for ecosystem services

● Feedbacks between early forms of vegetation and climate in the deep geological past

● Process-based, mechanistic modelling of vegetation and their physiological diversity

Current employment

since 01 2018:

Postdoc at the University of Potsdam, Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology group
Topic: Modelling impacts of environmental change on global diversity and functioning of non-vascular vegetation

Academic Positions

07 – 12 2017: Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Multiphase Chemistry Department, Microbial Communities and Processes group
Topic: Estimating effects of biological soil crusts on global emissions of reactive nitrogen trace gases

2014 – 2017: Postdoc at Stockholm University, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, and also Bolin Centre for Climate Research
Topic: Effects of near-surface vegetation on permafrost soil temperature and associated biogeochemical processes at high latitudes

01 – 04 2014: Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, CarboPerm project
Topic: Integrating non-vascular vegetation into a global land surface model


2013: Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat., magna cum laude)
Topic: “Process-based Modelling of lichens and bryophytes and their impacts on global biogeochemical cycles”
Institution: Institute for Geosciences at the University of Mainz (Prof. U. Pöschl), Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (Dr. A. Kleidon)

2009 – 2013: Doctoral studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena

2009: Diploma (M.Sc.) in Geoecology (1.0)
Thesis: “Entropy Budget of the Soil Hydrological Cycle”
Institution: Institute for Geoecology at the University of Potsdam (Prof. W. Lucht), Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (Dr. A. Kleidon)

2004 – 2009: Studies in Geoecology, University of Potsdam

Further expertise

  •  Participation in the “Senior Teaching Professionals”-program of the Potsdam Graduate School since 02 2018
  • Tutor for beginning students of Geoecology
  • Co-supervision of 2 PhD Theses (Selina Baldauf, “Multiscale effects of biological soil crusts on dryland hydrology”, Freie Universiät Berlin, since 11 2016; Nada Nikolic, “Climate-change effects on tropical bryophytes”, University of Marburg, since 10 2017)
  • Programming: Fortran 95, C, Matlab, R, scripting (Bash, Gnuplot, CDO, GMT), basic GIS, Inkscape, Latex, Unix


  • Interactions of non-vascular vegetation with global biogeochemical cycles in the geological past and the future (funded by DFG, July 2018 - June 2021)



Hargis H, Gotsch S G, Porada P, Moore G W, Ferguson B, Van Stan II, J T (2019) Arboreal Epiphytes in the Soil-Atmosphere Interface: How Often Are the Biggest “Buckets” in the Canopy Empty? Geosciences 9, 342

Porada P, Tamm A, Raggio J, Cheng Y, Kleidon A, Pöschl U and Weber B (2019) Global NO and HONO emissions of biological soil crusts estimated by a process-based non-vascular vegetation model. Biogeosciences 16, 2003-2031

Beer C, Porada P, Ekici A, Brakebusch M (2018) Effects of short-term variability of meteorological variables on soil temperature in permafrost regions. The Cryosphere 12, 741-757

Manzoni S, Čapek P, Porada P, Thurner M, Winterdahl M, Beer C, Brüchert V, Frouz J, Herrmann A M, Lindahl B D, Lyon S.W, Šantrůčková H, Vico G, and Way D (2018) Reviews and syntheses: Carbon use efficiency from organisms to ecosystems – definitions, theories, and empirical evidence. Biogeosciences 15, 5929-5949

Porada P, Van Stan II J, Kleidon A (2018) Significant contribution of non-vascular vegetation to global rainfall interception. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/s41561-018-0176-7

Chadburn S E, Krinner G, Porada P, Bartsch A, Beer C, Belelli Marchesini L, Boike J, Ekici A, Elberling B, Friborg T, Hugelius G, Johansson M, Kuhry P, Kutzbach L, Langer M, Lund M, Parmentier F J W, Peng S, Van Huissteden K, Wang T, Westermann S, Zhu D, Burke E J (2017) Carbon stocks and fluxes in the high latitudes: using site-level data to evaluate Earth system models. Biogeosciences 14, 5143-5169

Porada P, Pöschl U, Kleidon A, Beer C, Weber B (2017) Estimating global nitrous oxide emissions by lichens and bryophytes with a process-based productivity model. Biogeosciences 14, 1593-1602

Porada P, Ekici A, Beer C (2016) Effects of bryophyte and lichen cover on permafrost soil temperature at large scale The Cryosphere 10, 2291-2315

Lenton T M, Dahl T W, Daines S J, Mills B J W, Ozaki K, Saltzman M R, Porada P (2016) Earliest land plants created modern levels of atmospheric oxygen Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113 (35), 9704-9709

Porada P, Lenton T M, Pohl A, Weber B, Mander L, Donnadieu Y, Beer C, Pöschl U, Kleidon A (2016) High potential for weathering and climate effects of non-vascular vegetation in the Late Ordovician Nature Communications 7, 12113

Buendia C, Arens S, Hickler T, Higgins S, Porada P, Kleidon A (2014) On the potential vegetation feedbacks that enhance phosphorus availability–insights from a process-based model linking geological and ecological time scales Biogeosciences 11, 3661-3683

Porada P, Weber B, Elbert W, Pöschl U, Kleidon A (2014) Estimating Impacts of Lichens and Bryophytes on Global Biogeochemical Cycles of Nitrogen and Phosphorus and on Chemical Weathering Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28

Kleidon A, Renner M, Porada P (2014) Estimates of the climatological land surface energy and water balance derived from maximum convective power Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 18, 2201-2218

Porada P (2013) Process-based modelling of lichens and bryophytes and their role in global biogeochemical cycles. PhD Thesis, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz.

Porada P, Weber B, Elbert W, Pöschl U, Kleidon A (2013) Estimating global carbon uptake by Lichens and Bryophytes with a process-based model. Biogeosciences 10, 6989-7033

Porada P, Kleidon A, Schymanski S J (2011) Entropy production of soil hydrological processes and its maximisation. Earth Syst. Dynam. 2, 179-190

Porada P, Arens S, Buendia C, Gans F, Schymanski S J, Kleidon A (2010) A simple global land surface model for biogeochemical studies, Technical Reports–Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry 18