Doctoral Researcher David M. Landholm

Doctoral Researcher

David M. Landholm is a doctoral researcher at PIK and the Humboldt University of Berlin and senior consultant at Climate Focus. His work focuses on research, advisory, and implementation projects related to tropical deforestation drivers, sustainable agriculture systems, and greenhouse gas accounting methodologies.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Senior Consultant at Climate Focus


  • Drivers of deforestation and forest degradation
  • Climate change mitigation in AFOLU sector
  • Sustainable agriculture supply chains
  • Armed conflict and land use change

  • Landholm, D.M., P. Pradhan, P. Wegmann, M. Romero, J.C. Suárez Salazar, A. Solarte, M. Quintero, J.P. Kropp (2019). Reducing deforestation and improving livestock productivity: GHG mitigation potential of silvopastoral systems in Caquetá. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 114007
  • Landholm, D.M., P. Pradhan, J.P. Kropp (2019). Diverging forest land use change dynamics induced by armed conflict across the tropics. Global Environmental Change, 56, 86–94
  • Landholm, D.M., A. Holsten, F. Martellozzo, D. Reusser, J.P. Kropp (2018). Climate change mitigation potential of community-based initiatives in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, 19(4), 927–938
  • Martellozzo, F., D.M. Landholm, A. Holsten (2019). Upscaling from the grassroots: potential aggregate carbon reduction from community-based inititatives in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, 19(4), 953–966
  • San Miguel, G., B. Corona, D. Ruiz, D.M. Landholm, R. Laina, E. Tolosana, H. Sixto, I. Cañellas (2015). Environmental, energy and economic analysis of a biomass supply chain based on a poplar short rotation coppice in Spain. Journal of Cleaner Production, 94(0), 93-101.

Under review: 

  • Landholm, D.M., D.D. Burra, M.K.B. Lüdeke, L. Reymondin, J.P. Kropp, G. Grosjean (Under review). Cross-country analysis of commodity-driven tropical deforestation. Conservation Letters
  • Schulte, I., D.M. Landholm, H. Bakhtary, S.M. Manirajah, S. Manning, S.C. Cabezas, D. Oppong, M. Bayo, E. van Elzakker, C. Streck (Under review). Structural barriers to increasing smallholder cocoa productivity: Evidence from household survey of farmers in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. World Development.
In preparation: 
  • Seydewitz, T., D.M. Landholm, P. Pradhan, J.P. Kropp (Under review). Global assessment of deforestation drivers across the tropics: impacts on carbon stocks and ecosystem services. Global Change Biology

  • Towards European Societal Sustainability (TESS)
  • Sustainable land use-based alternatives in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon (2014-2018) (SUSA)