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Curriculum Vitae

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Name: Christopher P.O. Reyer

Date of birth: 25.12.1984

Employment & Qualification:


Parental Leave (June-September)

2014-present: Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), tasks:

  • Chair COST Action FP1304 “PROFOUND” (2014-2018)
  • Coordinator “ISIMIP2 regional and global forest/biome model comparison”, (2014-2018)
  • Work Package partner RISK-FP/OASIS+, Climate-KIC (2016-2017)
  • Work Package partner H2020_Insurance (H2020, European Commission) (2017-2020)
  • Work Package co-leader REFORCE, ERA-NET: SUMFOREST (2017-2020)

2013-2014:    Project Leader and Coordinating Lead Author “Turn Down the Heat 3”, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

2013:            Parental Leave (July-September)

2010:         Research stay at the Forest Ecology and Management Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands (Short-term scientific mission of COST Action FP0603).

2009-2012:  PhD-student, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and project member “Models for Adaptive Forest Management (MOTIVE)”.  PhD-Thesis: “The cascade of uncertainty in modeling forest ecosystem responses to environmental change and the challenge of sustainable resource management” (supervision: W. Lucht and P. Lasch (PIK), Final grade: magna cum laude).

2007:          Research internship Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

2007-2009:  Erasmus Mundus Master of European Forestry (Double M.Sc. degree): Forest and Nature Conservation (Wageningen University, The Netherlands, final grade: “with distinction”) and Agriculture and Forestry (University of Joensuu, Finland, final grade: “excellent”). Master Thesis: “Inter-specific competition in mixed forests of Douglas-fir and Common beech under a drier and warmer climate”.

2007:          Erasmus study semester “Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et des Forêts” (ENGREF), France.

2005-2006:  Internship Jatun Sacha Foundation, Ecuador.

2004-2007:  International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc., final grade: A-Level), University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde, Germany. Bachelor Thesis: “Adaptation of Afforestation, Reforestation and Deforestation Avoidance projects to climate change”.

1997-2004:  Rückert – Gymnasium, Berlin with a 5-month school exchange visit to Paris, France in 2001/2002, Abitur and Baccalauréat S.

Scholarships & Grants:

2016:          COST Action FP1304 Grant: Training School on “Bayesian calibration, forecasting and multi-model predictions of process-based vegetation models”

2013:         Training and Travel Grant of the British Ecological Society

2011-2012: International Teaching Professionals Program of the Potsdam Graduate School

2011:         COST Action FP0603 Grant: Spring School on “Modeling Forest Ecosystems - Concepts, Data, and Application”

2010:         COST Action FP0603 Grant: Short-term Scientific Mission Forest Ecology and Management Group, Wageningen University (Prof. Dr. G.M.J. Mohren)

2006-2009: Scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“

2005-2006: Scholarship for a “practical internship in foreign countries” from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for Ecuador

2001-2002: “Bourse Voltaire”: Scholarship for an exchange to France from the “Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW)”


2016-2017: Teaching in the module: Climate Change Adaptation: Theory, assessments and application (10 ECTS), Global Change Geography (M.Sc), 4 Semester week hours together with Prof. Dr. Jonas Østergaard Nielsen. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

2010-2015: Teaching in and coordination of the module: Response strategies: adaptation to global change, Global Change Management (GCM, M.Sc.), 2-4 Semester week hours, University of Applied Sciences for Sustainable Development Eberswalde (HNEE), Germany (Teaching assignments by Prof. Dr. P. Spathelf and Prof. Dr. M. Welp)

2011-2012: Participation in the International Teaching Professionals Program of the Potsdam Graduate School

Skills and Interests:

Languages:   fluent English, near-native command of French, good basic Spanish

Software:       MS Office, R, Fortran, Unix and Linux shells

Interests:       music, nature, sports


Memberships and academic functions:

2017-present:   Special Issue Editor of Regional Environmental Change

2017:               Head of the Scientific Team for the “Impacts World 2017 Counting the true costs of climate change” conference on11-13 of October 2017 in Potsdam, Germany

2015-present:  Leader of the Module “Model projections of forest health under climate change” in the IUFRO Task Force on Climate Change and Forest Health

2015-present:  Member of the “Greening PIK” initiative

2014:              Guest-editor Journal of Ecology (Special Feature on Forest Resilience in issue 103:1)

2013-present: Handling Editor Regional Environmental Change

2013-present: Member of the Employee’s Council of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

2012-present: Member of the selection committee for the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“

2011-present: Member of the British Ecological Society

2010/2011:      Complimentary member of the European Geosciences Union

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