CV of Dieter Gerten


Education & Training

Diploma, 1996, University of Trier, Applied Physical Geography

PhD Dissertation, 2001, University of Potsdam, Freshwater Ecology

Habilitation, 2013, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, venia legendi Geography


2002: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (Early Career Scientist Award); 2010: Society of Friends and Promoters of PIK (Cooperation Prize); 2013/16: Highlight Awards for three papers in the journal Environmental Research Letters; 2018/19: Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% in decade) (Web of Science / Clarivate Analytics)

Professional Experience

Since 2016: S-Professor for Global Change Climatology and Hydrology, Geography Dept., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Since 2012: Head of Research Group Planetary Opportunities and Planetary Boundaries (now Terrestrial Safe Operating Space) at PIK

Since 2005: Lecturer at the Universities of Potsdam, Basel and Berlin (HU); 2014-16 Privatdozent at Geography Dept., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Since 2006: Scientist and, since 2008, research group leader at PIK

10/2001-2006: Postdoc scientist at PIK

1998-2001: PhD student at Potsdam University and at Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin

1997-98: Freelancer at PIK

Memberships and Scientific Community Services

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment (EFSRE)
  • Member of the German Steering Committee of the Australian‐German College of Climate & Energy Transitions
  • Member of the IAHS Panta Rhei Working Group “Water Scarcity Assessment: Methodology and Application”
  • Committee member of the Euro-Asian Silk Road Summit, Berlin 2016
  • Head of the Working Group “Quantification of Planetary Boundaries” in the Planetary Boundaries Research Network (PB.Net)
  • Contributing Author for the 5th IPCC Assessment Report (Working Group II, Chapters 3 & 4)
  • Review Editor for Vol. II of the Austrian Assessment Report of the Austrian Panel of Climate Change (APCC)
  • Advisory Board member: IMAGE Model (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency – PBL, since 2014); EU project INCREASE (An Integrated Network on Climate Research Activities on Shrubland Ecosystems, 2009–2014)