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Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch

Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch


Campus Neues Palais
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Zeppelinstraße 48 A, Room 1.12
14471 Potsdam

Education and Professional Activities

  • 1989 MSc. (German Diplom) Physics (Theoretical Ecology), Philipps-University Marburg
  • 1992 PhD in Physics/Theoretical Ecology, Philipps-University Marburg
  • 1992-2000 Scientist at the Department of Ecological Modelling, Centre for Environmental Research UFZ-Leipzig/Halle (Germany)
  • 1999 German ‚Habilitation’ in Theoretical Ecology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 2000-2005 C3-Professor for Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology, University Potsdam
  • 2002-2004 Head of Botanical Garden, University Potsdam
  • 2006- .. W3-Professor for Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology, University Potsdam
  • 2008-2010 Head of Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam
  • 2009-2019 Dean of the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS)
  • 2013- ..Co-Director ‚Berlin Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research - BBIB’
  • 2015- .. Speaker DFG Research Training Group BioMove ‘Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in Dynamic Agricultural Landscapes’

Current Employment

Head of Department of Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology

Selected Services

  • 2008-2014 Vice-President of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ)
  • 2012-2016 Member of the DFG review board 207 (responsible member for ecology of agricultural landscapes)
  • Editorial Board: editor-in charge (until 2021) Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics; Movement Ecology

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity research: linking individuals, populations, communities and landscapes
  • Movement ecology
  • Dryland ecology 
  • Ecological theory and modelling
  • Impact of land use and environmental change on biodiversity dynamics
  • Individual-based ecology

Methods and Expertise

  • Concepts, theoretical ecology and ecological modelling (focus: spatially-explicit simulation models)
  • Linking empirical/experimental and modelling approaches in ecology

Further Links

Selected publications:

Link to google scholar