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Biosketch Wolfgang Cramer (no update past 8/2011)

Professor Dr Wolfgang Cramer, environmental geographer, plant ecologist and professor of global ecology at Potsdam University, a german citizen, co-leads the research domain "Earth System Analysis" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Wolfgang Cramer received his academic training at the Universities of Gießen/Germany (geography, diploma 1981) and Uppsala/Sweden (plant ecology, Ph.D. 1986). From 1987 to 1993, he taught and conducted his research at the Department of Geography, Trondheim University (Norway) while also being a frequently visiting scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 1992, he joined the newly founded PIK as head of the department "Global Change and Natural Systems".

The main scientific contributions by Cramer's research group (100+ papers) were initially in the area of modelling forest dynamics under climate change. He now seeks a broader understanding of biosphere dynamics at the global and continental scale, including aspects of natural and human disturbance as well as biodiversity. He has been directing a large European ecosystem modelling project, ATEAM (EU FP5), as well as its companion outreach activity, AVEC. Together, these projects have resulted in the first ever region-specific and comprehensive ecosystem service assessment across Europe, communicated through the scientific literature as well as through an intensive stakeholder dialogue. Based on ATEAM/AVEC, he has established popular, two-weeks long annual summer schools for young experts in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services (the last five for the EU Network of Excellence ALTER-Net).

Professor Cramer is a contributor in many roles to the IPCC (Peace Nobel Prize 2007) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is member of the Science Committee of DIVERSITAS, chief editor of the Springer journal Regional Environmental Change, review editor of SCIENCE and editorial board members of several other scientific journals. He also regularly serves as advisor of the german government and the EU Research Directorate.

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