New Emmy Noether Junior Research Group „Forest Management in the Earth System” at MPI-M

Dr. Julia Pongratz has successfully applied to the German Research Foundation (DFG) for establishing a new Emmy Noether junior research group on “Forest management in the Earth system”. The holder of the third Klaus-Hasselmann-Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) works in the department “The Land in the Earth System” (Prof. Dr. Martin Claussen).

Within the junior research group starting in summer 2013 Julia Pongratz is going to focus on the role of forests in the climate system. The majority of the world’s forests show visible human impact; especially in the mid-latitudes forestry plays an important role. Though forests are known to have significant impacts on local climate and the global carbon cycle, it is still poorly understood how forest management, such as timber harvesting and a change of the forest’s age structure, influences our climate. Integrating forest management into MPI-M’s Earth system model MPI-ESM will therefore be a main objective of Julia Pongratz’s group.

Julia Pongratz studied at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD with “summa cum laude” from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. For her thesis addressing anthropogenic climate change in the pre-industrial era she was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society in June 2010 and the Wladimir Peter Köppen Award from the KlimaCampus Hamburg in September 2010. The Köppen Award is annually presented to talented young researchers for their excellent dissertations in the fields of climate and Earth system research. Afterwards, Julia Pongratz moved to the USA to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of land use and food security at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology in Stanford/California.


Dr. Julia Pongratz
Max-Planck-Institut for Meteorology
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