Donald R. F. Harleman Lectureship on Monday, 21 August 2023
Markus Reichstein is the director of the Biogeochemical Integration Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry. His main research interests revolve around the response and feedback of ecosystems (vegetation and soils) to climatic variability with an Earth system perspective. Of specific interest is the interplay of climate extremes with ecosystem and societal resilience.He is addressing these topics with a combination of artificial intelligence and system modelling approaches to exploit the wealth of experimental, ground- and satellite-based Earthobservations.
Markus studied Ecology with Botany, Chemistry and Computer Science as minor and obtained his PhD in Plant Ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.Since 2013 Markus is Professor for Global Geoecology at the FSU Jena, and founding Director at the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science.He is fellow within the excellence network ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and founding director of the ELLIS Unit Jena established in 2021.He has been serving as lead author of the IPCC special report on Climate Extremes (SREX), as member of the German Committee Future Earth on Sustainability Research, and the Thuringian Panel on Climate. Recent awards include the Piers J. Sellers Mid-Career Award by the American Geophysical Union (2018), an ERC Synergy Grant (2019) and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis (2020).