High-latitude climate is strongly changing. How is high-latitude vegetation responding and how it will contribute to this change? Our research key regions are the ecotone of the Arctic treeline from the treeless tundra in the colder north, towards single-tree stands, and open forests in the warmer south in Siberia and the transition from summergreen larches to evergreen needle-leafed taiga.

Our main research questions are

  • How strong are the climate-vegetation feedbacks, and what can we expect in the upcoming decades?
  • What are the consequences of changing vegetation communities on the local to regional carbon, water and energy balance, on the permafrost and on the ecosystem functions?

Our research tools are

  • Simulating the structure and dynamics of past, nowadays and future forest stands by applying the individual-based and spatially explicit vegetation simulation model LAVESI
  • Mapping of high-latitude vegetation, its' bio-physical quantities and actual changes by applying Remote sensing at all spatial scales.
  • Tracing biodiversity and Land Cover Change through time on climate-scale by applying genetics and palaeogenetics and pollen from terrestrial and aquatic archives.


Dr. Alison Beamish

Dr. Xianyong Cao

Dr. Laura Epp

Dr. Ximena Tabares

Dr. Fang Tian

Frederic Brieger (MSc)

Lutz Bünseler (MSc)

Alexander Gerdes (MSc)

Stefanie Killing (MSc)

Clarisse Kraamwinkel (MSc)

Julius Schröder (MSc)

Liubov Shirotova (MSc)

Ksenia Simonova (MSc)

Ingeborg Frommel (BSc)

Christopher Guth (BSc)

Johannes Isensee (BSc)

Nele Landgraf (BSc)

Nina Reimann (BSc)

Kathrin Schratt  (BSc)

Tabea Tessendorf (BSc)

Regular Guests

Prof. Dr. Luidmila Pestryakova

Prof. Dr. Xingqi Liu

Prof. Dr. Jian Ni

Dr. Natalya Rudaya

Dr. Kai Li

Dr. Yury Dvornikov

Dr. Evgenii Zakharov