Energy & Climate

Dr. Mirjam Pfeiffer


Special Expertise

  • Vegetation modelling and model development (process-based and empirical), globally and regionally
  • Data analysis and evaluation
  • Ecosystem dynamics and processes
  • Effects of climate change and land use on ecosystem functions and services
  • Interactions between biotic and abiotic environmental components, analysis of ecological relationships and processes

Research areas

  • Modelling the development of forest stands in Germany
  • Climate stability of German forests
  • CO2 emissions, sink capacity and carbon balance of German forests
  • Forest biomass potentials
  • Sustainable utilisation of wood and forests   

Key Projects

Professional Training and Career

  • Since April 2022: Researcher at Oeko-Institut focusing on the modelling of German forest development using the Forestry and Agriculture Biomass Model FABio
  • 2014 - 2022: Post-doc Researcher at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (S-BiKF), Frankfurt am Main
    • Process-based vegetation modelling and model development as well as data analysis, evaluation and processing with the trait- and individual-based vegetation model aDGVM2
    • Focus on savanna ecosystems in southern Africa (Limpopo Province) as part of the SPACES and SPACES II Initiative of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (“Limpopo Living Landscapes” and “South African Limpopo Landscapes Network” projects)
    • Research on the role of grazing, fire, wood utilisation and climate change for ecosystem functions and services in savannas
    • Research on interactions of fire, vegetation and climate during the Holocene and Late Glacial in Europe and Siberia
  • 2008 - 2013: Doctoral Research Assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Development of a process-based fire module for the LPJ-DGVM model
    • Research on palaeoecological interactions between fire, vegetation, climate and humans
    • 2002 - 2008: Graduate degree in Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth
    • Specialised in hydrogeology, geology, biogeography, soil ecology, geographic information systems and remote sensing

Selected Publications

Language Skills

  • German (first language)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (basic knowledge)


Dr. Mirjam Pfeiffer