Stephen Wirth

Doctoral Researcher

As a geoecologist, I am interested in natural environmental systems and human impact on those. Within the Land use group I am involved in modeling grassland ecosystems using LPJmL. I currently work on the effect of functional diversity on forage supply, soil carbon, and biogeochemical cycles of managed grasslands. My general research interests are ecosystem functioning, animal-plant interactions in pastures, biodiversity, functional ecology, and trait-based modeling.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20740
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

Institute of Crop Science and Plant Breeding, Grass and Forage Science/Organic Agriculture, Kiel University, Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 9, 24118, Kiel, Germany


2011-2015 BSc Civil engineering, Technical University of Berlin

2015-2018 MSc Geoecology, Potsdam University


2019 Junior Scientist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

2019 Junior Scientist Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

Since 2020 PhD student Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel

  • Grassland ecosystems
  • Ecosystem functioning and biodiversity
  • Trait based modelling
  • Animal-plant interactions in managed grasslands
  • Pasture management under climate change