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Dr. Bernhard Schauberger

This personal page contains information about my research interests, my publications and a short CV.

Research Domain II
Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Telegrafenberg A26
14473 Potsdam

Email: schauber (at) pik (dash) potsdam (point) de

Present address:
Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE)
Orme des Merisiers
91191 Gif-sur-Yvette
Tel.: +33 1 69 08 77 24
Email: bernhard.schauberger (at)


PLEASE NOTE that I am currently on parental leave and will return in September 2018.

Research interests

  • Yield variability and its causes
  • Modelling of ozone (O3) damages on crops
  • Heat stress effects on crops
  • Near-term yield forecasting


Peer-reviewed publications

Gerten D., Schönfeld M., Schauberger B.
On deeper human dimensions in Earth system analysis and modelling

Earth System Dynamics (2018)

Frieler K., Schauberger B., Arneth A., Balkovic J., Chryssanthacopoulos J., Deryng D., Elliott J., Folberth C., Khabarov N., Müller C., Olin S., Pugh T. A. M., Schaphoff S., Schewe J., Schmid E., Warszawski L., Levermann A.
Understanding the weather-signal in national crop-yield variability
Earth's Future (2017)

Zhao F., Veldkamp T., Frieler K., Schewe J., Ostberg S., Willner S., Schauberger B., Gosling S., Müller Schmied H., Portmann F., Leng G., Huang M., Liu X., Tang Q., Hanasaki N., Biemans H., Gerten D., Satoh Y., Pokhrel Y., Stacke T., Ciais P., Ducharne A., Guimberteau M., Wada Y., Kim H., Yamazaki D.
The critical role of the routing scheme in simulating peak river discharge in global hydrological models
Environmental Research Letters (2017)

Schauberger B., Gornott C., Wechsung F.
Global evaluation of a semi-empirical model for yield anomalies and application to within-season yield forecasting
Global Change Biology (2017)

Schauberger B., Archontoulis S., Arneth A., Balkovic J., Ciais P., Deryng D., Elliott J., Folberth C., Khabarov N., Müller C., Pugh T., Rolinski S., Schaphoff S., Schmid E., Wang X., Schlenker W., Frieler K.
Consistent negative response of US crops to high temperatures in observations and crop models
Nature Communications 8 (2017), accompanying press release

Schauberger B., Rolinski S., Müller C.
A network-based approach for semi-quantitative knowledge mining and its application to yield variability
Environmental Research Letters 11 (2016), highlighted by the Editorial Board as "Monthly highlight"

(from my former affiliation at the "Stem Cell Dynamics" group of Timm Schroeder at the Helmholtz Center Munich):

Kokkaliaris K., Drew E., Endele M., Loeffler D., Hoppe P., Hilsenbeck O., Schauberger B., Hinzen C., Skylaki S., Theodorou M., Kieslinger M., Lemischka I., Moore K., Schroeder T.
Identification of factors promoting ex vivo maintenance of mouse hematopoietic stem cells by long-term single-cell quantification
Blood 128, 1181-1192 (2016)

Hilsenbeck O., Schwarzfischer M., Skylaki S., Schauberger B., Hoppe P., Loeffler D., Kokkaliaris K., Hastreiter S., Skylaki E., Filipczyk A., Strasser M., Buggenthin F., Feigelman J., Krumsiek J.,   van den Berg A., Endele M., Etzrodt M., Marr C., Theis F., Schroeder T.
Software tools for single-cell tracking and quantification of cellular and molecular properties
Nature Biotechnology 34, 703–706 (2016)

Hoppe P., Schwarzfischer M., Loeffler D., Kokkaliaris K., Hilsenbeck O., Moritz N., Endele M., Filipczyk A., Gambardella A., Ahmed N., Etzrodt M., Coutu D., Rieger M., Marr C., Strasser M., Schauberger B., Burtscher I., Ermakova O., Burger A., Lickert H., Nerlov C., Theis F., Schroeder T.
Early myeloid lineage choice is not initiated by random PU.1 to GATA1 protein ratios
Nature 535, 299-302 (2016)

Filipczyk A., Marr C., Hastreiter S., Feigelman J., Schwarzfischer M., Hoppe PS, Loeffler D., Kokkaliaris KD, Endele M., Schauberger B., Hilsenbeck O., Skylaki S., Hasenauer J., Anastassiadis K., Theis FJ and Schroeder T.
Network plasticity of pluripotency transcription factors in embryonic stem cells.
Nature Cell Biology 17, 1235–1246 (2015)


External talks and interviews

  • "How networks and statistics help to improve crop models", INRA Versailles (France), June 2017
  • "Consistent negative response of US crops to high temperatures in observations and crop models", EGU 2017, Vienna (Austria), April 2017
  • "Near-term yield forecasts with a semi-empirical model", JRC Ispra (Italy), March 2017
  • "Klimawandel" (Climate change), Gymnasium Zwiesel, Zwiesel (Germany), December 2016
  • "How climate change affects food security", Studienstiftung PhD Forum, Düsseldorf (Germany), November 2016
  • "Climate change and climate sceptics", GeoSim Colloquium, GFZ, Potsdam (Germany), October 2016
  • "Klimaskeptiker und wie man sie widerlegt" [Climate sceptics], University Bayreuth, Teachers' training, Bayreuth (Germany), October 2016
  • "Heat and ozone stress: current research projects", USDA ALARC, Maricopa (AZ, USA), July 2016
  • "Klimaskeptiker und wie man sie widerlegt" [Climate sceptics], WWF Deutschland 2°C Campus, Potsdam (Germany), March 2016
  • "Heat stress in crop models", iCROPM 2016 GGCMI Side event in Berlin (Germany), March 2016
  • "Integrating ozone damages on crops into LPJmL", HTAP conference in Potsdam (Germany), February 2016
  • "Wie sich der Klimawandel regional in Deutschland auswirkt", Radio interview with Campus Radio Oldenburg (Germany), February 2016
  • "Religion and natural resources: a troubled relationship?", Seminar on "Religion and social change" in Granada (Spain), hosted by the German National Academic Foundation, September 2015
  • "Klimawandel" [Climate change], Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in Osnabrück (Germany), September 2015
  • "Climate: Change or Engineering?", Seminar "InVest in Sustainable Action" at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany), June 2015
  • "What causes yield variability?", Earth System Science Conference in Mainz (Germany), March 2015
  • "When does extreme heat distort simulations?", ISI-MIP workshop in Laxenburg/Vienna (Austria), March 2015
  • "Extremereignisse", School seminar for Kunst-schafft-Wissen in Berlin (Germany), March 2014



  • "Crop models respond to extreme heat - consistent with observations", iCROPM 2016 in Berlin (Germany), March 2016
  • "What causes yield variability?", AAB Centenary Conference in Rothamsted (UK), December 2014
  • "What causes yield variability?", Earth System Science Conference in Jena (Germany), March 2014


Short biosketch

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics obtained in January 2018 (summa cum laude)
  • In October 2016 I joined the LSCE in Orme-des-Merisiers near Paris for joint work on ozone damages and French agriculture
  • From 2013 to 2017 I was a researcher in PIK's Landuse and ISI-MIP groups (PhD student May 2014 - July 2017)
  • From 2011 to 2013 I worked as a consultant for Renewable Energy Systems near lake Chiemsee in Germany.
  • From 2005 to 2011 I studied bio-informatics at LMU and TU Munich (graduated with distinction).


Other activities

  • Reviewer for Regional Environmental Change, Nature Communications, Field Crops Research, Nature Plants, Environmental Research Letters, Agricultural & Forest Meteorology
  • Greening PIK initiative - Making the research system at PIK more climate-friendly
  • Member of the PhD Representatives at PIK (2014-2016)


Stays abroad

  • Maricopa (AZ), USA: Visiting researcher at the USDA ALARC with Dr. Gary Wall; 06/2016 - 07/2016
  • Arequipa, Peru: Missionary on temporary terms (English teacher) at CIRCA-MAS; 02/2009 - 10/2009



  • Allianz Climate Risk Research Award (3rd place), Dec 2017
  • PhD Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation, 08/2014 - 06/2017
  • Several travel grants from the Humboldt-University Berlin / IRI-THESys
  • Study scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation, 06/2010 - 05/2011


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