Department of Biology
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology
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Jens Oldeland

Dr. rer. nat., Diplom in Biology

Assistant professor

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants (BEE)
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology
University of Hamburg
Ohnhorststr. 18
22609 Hamburg, Germany

e-mail   jens.oldeland@uni-hamburg.de

phone:  +4940 42816-407
Fax:  +4940 42816-539


room: 2.531
Availability: by arrangement

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Research focus

  • Remote sensing of biodiversity
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Biogeography
  • Functional Ecology
  • Applied statistics
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Rangeland ecology
  • Dryland ecology
  • High mountain ecology

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Dissertation: Modelling spatial patterns of vascular plant diversity in Central Namibian savannah ecosystems using hyperspectral remote sensing data (seit 2005; supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. Jürgens)

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Collaboration in projects

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Curriculum Vitae

2012 - 2019 Research fellow (Habilitation) at the University of Hamburg, Biocentre Klein Flottbek
2010 - today Founder of the scientific consulting company eco-systems
2010 - today Guest scientist at the University of Hamburg, Biocentre Klein Flottbek
2003 - 2010 Research associate at the University of Hamburg, Biocentre Klein Flottbek
2005 - 2006 Guest scientist in the working group "Imaging Spectroscopy" at the "Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum" (DLR) within the programm for PhD students from the Helmholtz Gesellschaft
2005 - 2010 PhD Thesis: Modelling spatial patterns of vascular plant diversity in Central Namibian savannah ecosystems using hyperspectral remote sensing data
2004 - 2005 Diplom in Biology, University of Hamburg Diplom thesis: Vegetationsmodellierung am Südrand des Hohen Atlas, Marokko - Habitatmodelle und ihre Anwendung in Trockengebieten Supervisor: Norbert Jürgens
1999 - 2005 Studies of Biology at the University of Hamburg
1998 - 1999 Studies of Business Informatics at the University of Hamburg

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Field expertise (in weeks)

  • Bulgaria (1)
  • Ethiopia (4)
  • Ghana (3)
  • Iran (2)
  • Morocco (40)
  • Namibia (25)
  • Portugal (5)

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Reviewer for scientific journals

  • Acta Oecologica
  • Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae
  • African Journal of Plant Science
  • Applied Vegetation Science
  • Arid Land Management
  • Biodiversity & Ecology
  • Dinteria
  • Diversity
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Ecological Complexity
  • Ecological Indicators
  • Ecological Informatics
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Ecology
  • Ecography
  • Ecosphere
  • Environment and Natural Resources Journal
  • Environments
  • Functional Ecology
  • Geoinformatics & Geostatistics
  • International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
  • International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation
  • International Journal of Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Animal Ecology
  • Journal of Mountain Science
  • Journal of Vegetation Science
  • Kodoe
  • Oecologia
  • Pattern Recognition Letters
  • Progress in Physical Geography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Scientific Research and Essays
  • Solid Earth Discussions
  • Sustainability
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa
  • Trees – Structure and Function
  • Waldökologie, Landschaftsforschung und Naturschutz
  • Water SA
  • Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie

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Other scientific positions

  • Guest editor for the Special Volume "Vegetation databases for the 21st century" of Biodiversity & Ecology (ISSN: 1613-9801)
  • Member of the international Steering Committee of the Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases ( GIVD )
  • Editor of the journal Biodiversity & Ecology (ISSN: 1613-9801)

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Membership in scientific societies

  • Specialist Group "Desert Ecology" of the GfÖ
  • German Ecological Society GfÖ
  • German Society for Tropical Ecology (GTÖ)

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See List of Publications

Conference contributions

See List of Conference contributions


See List of teaching activities

  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for biologists (MSc. / Winter)
  • Biodiversity and Ecology of African Ecosystems (MSc. / Winter)
  • Introduction to Biodiversity Science (Engl. MSc. / Winter)
  • Introduction to Ecology (BSc. / Summer)
  • Advanced Statistics for Biologists (Engl. MSc. / Summer)
  • Botanical Excursions in Hamburg (BSc. / Summer)
  • Plant identificaton (BSc. / Summer)

Supervision of theses

See List of Supervision of theses

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