Alumni profiles

Some of the many researchers, staff and guests from over 25 years of PIK.

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  • Dr Ankit Agarwal
    PIK: 2015—2018
    Current institution: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
    Expertise: Complex network, event synchronization, multiscale, wavelets, climate, hydrology, nonlinear dynamics, extreme events, atmospheric science
  • Dr Precious Akampumuza
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: University of Tokyo
    Expertise: Climate change, health, infectious diseases, food security, Impact assessment, Gender.
  • Dr Sabine Auer
    PIK: 2012—2018
    Current institution: elena international GmbH
    Expertise: power grid stability, renewable energies, microgrids, Open-Source development, optimal power flow problems, energy system analysis, game theory
  • Dr Franz-Werner Badeck
    PIK: 1998—2006
    Current institution: Council for Agricultural research and economy, Centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CREA-GB)
    Expertise: modelling of natural and managed ecosystems, development of phenotyping methods, impact assessments
  • Dr Stefanie Becker
    PIK: 2013—2018
    Current institution: Sustainable Transitions Blog
    Expertise: Transitions,community organizations, qualitative interviews, governance, politics, multi-level perspective
  • Professor Frank Biermann
    PIK: 2000—2003
    Current institution: Utrecht University
    Expertise: Earth system governance
  • Mr Maik Billing
    PIK: 2017—2019
    Current institution: Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg
    Expertise: Vegetation modeling, machine learning
  • Ms Ines Blumenthal
    PIK: 2012—2020
    Current institution: Landeshauptstadt Potsdam, Fachbereich Bildung, Jugend und Sport
    Expertise: climate education, education for sustainable development, environmental education, sustainability, digitisation
  • Dr Lena Boysen
    PIK: 2013—2016
    Current institution: Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
    Expertise: land-use change, terrestrial carbon dioxide removal, vegetation modelling
  • Mr Jannes Breier
    PIK: 2015—2018
    Current institution: Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)
    Expertise: Land use change, global biogeochemical modelling, agricultural modelling, negative emission technologies; method wise: process-based global modelling, programming (R, C, Python, MATLAB), pre-/postprocessing work, data analyis
  • Dr Steffen Brunner
    PIK: 2008—2014
    Current institution: Federal Ministry of the Environment
    Expertise: sustainable finance
  • Professor Christian Buerger
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
    Expertise: Policy Analysis, Public Finance
  • Mr Philipp Censkowsky
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    Expertise: Social-ecological systems modelling, regime shifts, political economy, ecosystem services, economics
  • Dr Claudine Chen
    PIK: 2009—2013
    Current institution: Fenergo
  • Professor Wolfgang Cramer
    PIK: 1993—2011
    Current institution: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
    Expertise: Global Change and Natural Systems, Modelling the Land Biosphere, Mediterranean Sustainability
  • Mr Hameni Nkwayep Cédric Iverdon
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: University of Douala
  • Mr Peer von Döhren
    PIK: 2017—2017
    Current institution: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Expertise: Landscape ecology, Ecosystem services and disservices, empirical social science methods, sustainability
  • Mr Niklas Eden
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: Leibniz University Hannover
  • Ms Eva Eichenauer
    PIK: 2011—2018
    Current institution: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)
  • Mr Patrick Eickemeier
    PIK: 2007—2015
    Current institution: Der Tagesspiegel
    Expertise: Communication, sustainibility, mitigation, land use, energy systems
  • Dr Nikoo Ekhtiari
    PIK: 2015—2019
    Current institution: Industry
    Expertise: Climate data, time series, complex networks analysis
  • Dr Marianela Fader
    PIK: 2008—2013
    Current institution: International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change
    Expertise: climate change impacts on hydrology, climate change impacts on food security, land use change, impact modelling
  • Dr Sun Fenglan
    PIK: 2019—2020
    Current institution: Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications
    Expertise: complex networks, nonlinear systems, hybrid systems, multi-agent systems
  • Professor Christian Flachsland
    PIK: 2001—2012
    Current institution: Hertie School of Governance
    Expertise: Climate policy, policy instruments, mitigation
  • Mr Michael Flechsig
    PIK: 1993—2017
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of model output, research data management
  • Dr Nikita Frolov
    PIK: 2017—2017
    Current institution: Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov
    Expertise: Methods for multivariate time series analysis, network analysis and simulations
  • Dr Hannah Förster
    PIK: 2001—2011
    Current institution: Öko-Institut e.V.
    Expertise: Mitigation, projections, European climate and energy policy, science communication, impact analysis, progress to climate and energy targets, economic assessment
  • Dr Cornelia Fürstenau
    PIK: 2002—2005
    Current institution: Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Dr Hans-Martin Füssel
    PIK: 1996—2010
    Current institution: European Environment Agency
    Expertise: Integrated assessment of climate change, Climate impacts modelling, Climate change and health, Adaptation funding, Probabilistic assessment
  • Ms Nadin Gaasch
    PIK: 2017—2020
    Current institution: TU Berlin
    Expertise: Science management
  • Ms Sainzaya Ganbold
    PIK: 2019—2020
    Current institution: -
    Expertise: Panel data, livestock, weather shocks, Mongolia, hypothetical games
  • Professor Zhong-Ke Gao
    PIK: 2013—2013
    Current institution: Tianjin University
    Expertise: Complex network, Deep learning, Time series analysis, Big data, Artificial intelligence
  • Mr Thiago Garcia
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: Engagement Global gGmbh
    Expertise: Environmental policy, multilevel governance, international cooperation, regional integration
  • Dr Tobias Geiger
    PIK: 2014—2019
    Current institution: Deutscher Wetterdienst, Regionales Klimabüro Potsdam
    Expertise: Climate extremes, socioeconomic impact assessment, economic growth modelling, risk assessment and attribution studies
  • Mr Thomas Gentsch
    PIK: 2019—2020
    Current institution: Technische Universität Berlin
    Expertise: land use change, urban sustainability, geospatial analysis, geovisualization, emission and resource efficiency,lifestyle and consumption
  • Mr Joachim Glauer
    PIK: 1993—2013
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: database administrator, data backup und archive services
  • Mr Lukas Godé
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: Aalborg University
    Expertise: Energy systems, social metabolism, social practices, resource use, energy demand
  • Dr Heiko Goelzer
    PIK: 2004—2007
    Current institution: Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht
    Expertise: Ice sheet modelling, sea-level projections, ice sheet-climate interactions
  • Mr Frederic Grobler
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
    Expertise: Migration
  • Dr Rüdiger Grote
    PIK: 1993—1998
    Current institution: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Expertise: ecosystem modelling, nmodel development, air quality, bioenergy production, environmental impact analysis, biogenic volatile organic compounds
  • Dr Markus Haller
    PIK: 2007—2012
    Current institution: Öko-Institut
    Expertise: energy systems, energy system modeling, renewable energy, integration of renewable power generation
  • Dr Gerrit Hansen
    PIK: 2009—2014
    Current institution: Robert Bosch Stiftung
    Expertise: Detection and Attribution of Climate Change Impacts; IPCC; UNFCCC; Science-Policy-Assessments; Transformation Pathways; Carbon Dioxide Removal; Sustainable Development; Renewable Energy; International and EU climate policy; Green Finance
  • Mr Peter Hatz
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: none
    Expertise: Sustainability Management, Life Cycle Assessments, Product Design
  • Dr Sabrina Hempel
    PIK: 2008—2013
    Current institution: Leibniz institute for agricultural engineering and bioeconomy
    Expertise: emissions, livestock husbandry, impact assessment, model validation, bias correction, fluid dynamics
  • Professor Lion Hirth
    PIK: 2008—2009
    Current institution: Hertie School of Governance
  • Ms Anika Horst
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: University of Cologne
  • Dr Cezar Ionescu
    PIK: 1999—2013
    Current institution: University of Oxford
    Expertise: functional programming, type theory, program specification, artificial intelligence, data science
  • Ms Yvonne Jans
    PIK: 2010—2019
    Current institution: Currently none
    Expertise: Bioenergy, land use change, crop modeling, irrigation, water management,climate change impacts
  • Dr Mairi Louise Jeffery
    PIK: 2013—2019
    Current institution: NewClimate Institute
    Expertise: Greenhouse gas emissions data and international climate policy.
  • Dr Fabian Joas
    PIK: 2010—2016
    Current institution: Elli (Volkswagen)
    Expertise: Electricity Markets, Renewables, Decarbonisation of heavy industry, E-mobility, Policy design, Political strategies
  • Mr Felix John
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: Nina Scheer, MdB (German Bundestag)
  • Dr Jonas Jägermeyr
    PIK: 2010—2018
    Current institution: Nasa and University Chicago
    Expertise: Food security, sustainable intensification, crop modeling, irrigation, water management, environmental flow requirements, Sustainable Development Goals, climate change impacts
  • Dr Susanne Kadner
    PIK: 2006—2015
    Current institution: acatech - National Academy of Science and Engineering
    Expertise: Climate mitigation, Renewable Energy, Circular Economy
  • Mr Praveen Kasthuri
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
    Expertise: Complex networks
  • Ms Sea Jin Kim
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: Korea University
    Expertise: forest fire, wildfire, climate impact, impact assessments, risk reduction, disaster
  • Dr Catrin Kirsch
    PIK: 2016—2019
    Current institution: Currently none
    Expertise: Climate change, linear and no-linear statistics, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, teleconnections, complex networks
  • Dr Oleksandr Kit
    PIK: 2008—2014
    Current institution: MACS Enerrgy & Water
    Expertise: GIS, IT, Remote sensing, Object detection, Impact assessment
  • Professor Richard Klein
    PIK: 1999—2006
    Current institution: Stockholm Environment Institute
    Expertise: Climate change adaptation, Vulnerability assessment, Risk analysis, Climate finance, Climate policy, Adaptation governance
  • Dr Chris Kollas
    PIK: 1993—2017
    Current institution: Bundesanstalt für Risikomanagement
    Expertise: tree physiology, climate impacts, micro-climatology, seed science, dendrochronology, ecophysiological modelling, statistics, forestry
  • Dr Kai Kornhuber
    PIK: 2013—2018
    Current institution: Earth Institute, Columbia University
    Expertise: Heat Extremes, Severe Weather Events, Mid. latitude Circulation, Atmosphere Dynamics
  • Dr Michael Krause-Besan
    PIK: 2007—2011
    Current institution: GFA Consulting Group GmbH
    Expertise: land use change, forest economics, climate change mitigation, REDD
  • Dr Marlene Kretschmer
    PIK: 2014—2019
    Current institution: University of Reading
    Expertise: Atmospheric dynamics, weather extremes, stratospheric polar vortex, machine learning
  • Ms Petra Lasch-Born
    PIK: 1992—2018
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: Forest modeling and climate change
  • Dr Marcus Lindner
    PIK: 1993—2003
    Current institution: European Forest Institute
    Expertise: forestry - impacts, adaptation, mitigation, sustainability impact assessment, Resilience, Disturbance risk prevention
  • Dr Sylvie Ludig
    PIK: 2006—2012
    Current institution: Öko-Institut e.V.
    Expertise: Energy system modeling, German power sector, Emission projections, Evaluation of policies and measures, EU F-Gas Phase down
  • Dr Michael Lueken
    PIK: 2006—2010
    Current institution: VDI/VDE Innovation & Technik
    Expertise: Mitigation strategies in the transport sector
  • Dr Sabine Luetkemeier
    PIK: 1996—2011
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: Scientific organization of the German office of an international programme (IGBP); Scientific organizer of European summer schools in Southern France
  • Dr Femke Lutz
    PIK: 2014—2019
    Current institution: Vista GmbH
    Expertise: Agricultural based mitigation
  • Dr Sabine Mathesius
    PIK: 2012—2014
    Current institution: Simon Fraser University
    Expertise: Climate change, ocean acidification, carbon export, geoengineering, biogeochemistry, marine ecosystems, model validation
  • Mr Andrew McConnell
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Expertise: Energy Systems
  • Ms Morag McDonald
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: None
    Expertise: Development economics, climate change mitigation and Mongolia
  • Ms Anna Mehrländer
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Humboldt Universität
    Expertise: Climate change, agriculture, land-use, sustainable farming
  • Ms Ruoxing Mei
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: PhD Student
  • Mr Konlavach Mengsuwan
    PIK: 2018—2018
    Current institution: Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Dr Shapkalijevski Metodija
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
  • Dr Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf
    PIK: 2009—2018
    Current institution: NAHhaft – Institut für nachhaltige Ernährungsstrategien e.V.
    Expertise: Dynamics of Lifestyle and Consumption, Sufficiency and Sustainable Consumption, Carbon Footprinting, Sustainable Transport, Methods of Social-Ecological Research, Energy Conflicts, Social Innovations, Sustainable Transition Food System
  • Ms Katharina Oehlschläger
    PIK: 2017—2019
    Current institution: none
  • Dr Mady Olonscheck
    PIK: 2009—2016
    Current institution: GreenAdapt Gesellschaft für Klimaanpassung mbH
  • Mr Henri Oster
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: University of Cologne
    Expertise: Modelling spatial urban development
  • Professor Friederike Otto
    PIK: 2008—2011
    Current institution: University of Oxford
    Expertise: extreme weather, detection and attribution, loss and damage
  • Mr Yannick Pape
    PIK: 2019—2019

    Expertise: urbanisation, greenhouse gas accounting, sustainable agriculture, green finance, environmental economics
  • Mr Christian Passow
    PIK: 2014—2018
    Current institution: Freie Universität Berlin
    Expertise: Extreme events, Bias correction, Time series analysis
  • Ms Nicole Pastrik
    PIK: 2018—2020
    Current institution: PIK
  • Ms Jana Piske
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg
    Expertise: SDGs, food systems, GIS, development cooperation, South Asia
  • Ms Vera Porwollik
    PIK: 2014—2019
    Current institution: none
    Expertise: Global agricultural management data for gridded models, Bio-economic farm modelling, agricultural and resource economics, Development cooperation, Forest ecosystem management
  • Mr Claus Rachimow
    PIK: 1997—2016
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: software development, web development, data management
  • Dr Diana Reckien
    PIK: 1999—2012
    Current institution: University of Twente
    Expertise: quantification of climate change impacts; differential social vulnerability; local mitigation and adaptation policy; network analysis; climate change migration; equity and justice; urban areas; social/ equity effects/ consequences of climate policy
  • Dr Kira Rehfeld
    PIK: 2009—2013
    Current institution: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    Expertise: paleoclimate, model validation, complex systems
  • Dr Aljoscha Rheinwalt
    PIK: 2011—2015
    Current institution: University of Potsdam
  • Dr Alexander Robinson
    PIK: 2008—2011
    Current institution: Complutense University of Madrid
    Expertise: Paleoclimate, ice sheet modelling, Greenland ice sheet, climate change, heat waves\nextreme events, AMOC
  • Mr Hernan D. Salas
    PIK: 2017—2018
    Current institution: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
    Expertise: Hydrology, Climatology, Time-series Analysis, Stochastic Processes, Nonlinear dynamics, Complex systems, Statistical Scaling
  • Ms Jana Schelte
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: FH Potsdam
    Expertise: Migration, urban transformation, resilience in cities, political science
  • Dr Eva Schmid
    PIK: 2009—2017
    Current institution: Germanwatch
    Expertise: energy-related greenhouse gas mitigation, scenario development, integrated energy system modeling, power grids, Energiewende, European Energy Union, energy transition policies, energy transitions
  • Mr Benjamin Schmidt
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: TU Berlin
  • Mr Toni Schmidt
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: AWI Potsdam, GFZ Potsdam
    Expertise: impact assessments, cost functions, remote sensing, python programming
  • Dr Christoph Schmitz
    PIK: 2009—2012
    Current institution: Ackerdemia
    Expertise: Agriculture, Education for Sustainable Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Land use change, Gem¿
  • Dr Karina Schollän
    PIK: 2017—2018
    Current institution: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • Dr Anselm Schultes
    PIK: 2012—2017
    Current institution: Fintu Data Science
    Expertise: mitigation, integrated assessment, economic impacts, energy systems, machine learning
  • Ms Antonia Schuster
    PIK: 2017—2018
    Current institution: Humboldt University of Berlin
    Expertise: coevolution of natural and socio-economic subsystems, planetary boundaries, sustainable management, decarbonization, social metabolism , social stratification
  • Dr Gregor Schwerhoff
    PIK: 2012—2015
    Current institution: World Bank Group
    Expertise: climate policy, carbon pricing, land taxation, climate and development, energy policy in Africa
  • Ms Olivia Serdeczny
    PIK: 2010—2014
    Current institution: Climate Analytics
    Expertise: Climate negotiations and loss and damage
  • Ms Nafiseh Seyyed Nezhad Golkhatmi
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: University of Tehran
    Expertise: Climate Networks, Drought, Ant colonies, Genetic algorithms
  • Dr Veronika Stolbova
    PIK: 2012—2015
    Current institution: University of Zurich
    Expertise: Indian monsoon, critical transitions, climate risks, big data, climate networks, financial networks
  • Mr Jan Strohschein
    PIK: 2008—2011
    Current institution: greenjobs GmbH
    Expertise: Project management, "green" job market
  • Dr Felicitas Suckow
    PIK: 1993—2019
    Current institution: Retired
    Expertise: ecosystem modelling, soil science, carbon storage, model validation
  • Professor Yang Tang
    PIK: 2011—2018
    Current institution: East China University of Science and Technology
    Expertise: multi-agent systems, complex networks, cyber-physical systems, artificial intelligence and their applications
  • Dr Vera Tekken
    PIK: 2004—2011
    Current institution: Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)
    Expertise: Qualitative and Multi-method Research, Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and adaptation, Natural Resource Management, Society and Environment, Food Security
  • Dr Liubov Tupikina
    PIK: 2013—2017
    Current institution: Paris Descartes, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI Paris, Inserm, and Bell Labs France
    Expertise: network theory, statistical physics models, time-series analysis, climate networks, discrete spreading models, diffusion
  • Dr Katrin Vohland
    PIK: 2006—2009
    Current institution: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
    Expertise: Biodiversity; Citizen Science; Science-policy interface
  • Dr Katharina Waha
    PIK: 2009—2014
    Current institution: CSIRO
    Expertise: Agricultural Geography, Impact Asssessment in Agriculture, Crop Modeling, Adaptation in Cropping Systems, Smallholder Production Systems, Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems, Food Security, LPJmL
  • Dr Gerard W. Wall
    PIK: 2017—2017
    Current institution: USDA-ARS
    Expertise: plant physiology, temperature stress, water stress, carbon dioxide enrichment, modeling, adaptation, mitigation
  • Dr Ariane Walz
    PIK: 2010—2012
    Current institution: Universität Potsdam
    Expertise: Land Management, Land Use, Ecosystem Services
  • Dr Jia Wantao
    PIK: 2019—2019
    Current institution: Northwestern Polytechnical University
  • Ms Aleksandra Wojewska
    PIK: 2019—2020
    Current institution: -
    Expertise: Climate change adaptation, political ecology, vulnerability and resilience, livestock value chain
  • Professor Wu Ye
    PIK: 2008—2010
    Current institution: Beijing Normal University
    Expertise: complex systems,human dynamics,synchronization
  • Ms Wanrong Zan
    PIK: 2018—2019
    Current institution: Northwerstern Polytechnical University
  • Dr Shuwei Zhang
    PIK: 2011—2013
    Current institution: Agora Energiewende, Germany
    Expertise: Energy system analysis; Power Economics; Renewable integration ;International trade and climate policy
  • Dr Bin Zhou
    PIK: 2012—2017
    Current institution: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
    Expertise: urbanization, urban heat island, remote sensing, urban climatology