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Chair of Research Domain 3



Ottmar Edenhofer neu

Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer is deputy director and chief economist at PIK. He is currently leading the research on the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. Within Research Domain 3, he explores the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies. He holds the chair "Economics of Climate Change" at the TU Berlin. Ottmar Edenhofer is also director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Anders Levermann

Anders Levermann

Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann is leading the research on Global Adaptation Strategies in Research Domain 3 with special focus on climatic impacts on global infrastructure and supply networks. He is professor for the dynamics of the climate system in the Physics Institute of Potsdam University and is heading the flagship activity TUMBLE of Research Domain I on physical tipping elements within the climate system.

Vice Chair

Elmar Kriegler


Dr. Elmar Kriegler is a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). His research focuses on the integrated assessment of climate change, in particular on technological and climate risks of policies to mitigate climate change.

Project coordination & assistance

Anja Bruhn

Anja Bruhn

Scientific coordination of the research area Global Adaptation Strategies.

Laura Delsa

Laura Delsa

Scientific coordination of the research areas Global Energy Systems (GES) and Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED); support with project development and management.

Dorothe Ilskens

Dorothe Ilskens

Dorothe Ilskens is science coordinator of Research Domain 3 and responsible for finance, project acquisition and management as well as personnel planning.

Kristiyana Neumann


Personal assistant to Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer.

Nicole Reinhardt

Nicole Reinhardt

RD3 Coordination and Project assistant.
Absent until September 2018.

Patrycja Golda

RD3 Coordination and Project assistant.
Replaces Nicole Reinhardt until September 2018.

Susanne Stundner Susanne Stundner Personal Coordinator to Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer
Stakeholder Advisor




Cornelia Auer

Dr. Cornelia Auer is a post-doctorate researcher at PIK,  with a focus on the integrated assessment of climate change. Her activities within RD3 include scientific coordination of the SENSES project, agile project management of the model operations group (via SCRUM) and scientific computing.
She holds a PhD in computer science and scientific visualization.




Dr. Nico Bauer finished his PhD thesis on "Carbon Capturing and Sequestration - An Option to Buy Time?" and has now come back to PIK after working with FEEM in Milan, Italy. He is now working on the further development of the model REMIND.

Lavinia Baumstark



Dr. Lavinia Baumstark studied mathematics and economics. Her PhD thesis dealt with endogenous growth, R&D investments and technological spillovers. Currently she is focusing on model development and efficiency improvements of large-scale models of the research domain (e.g. ReMIND).

Christoph Bertram

Christoph Bertram

Christoph Bertram studied physics and political science and finished a PhD in economics on the interrelation of near-term policies and long-term climate targets. He works on the representation of energy and climate policies in coupled macroeconomic and energy system models to evaluate climate change mitigation strategies. His research interests include the interrelationship of mid-term climate policies and long-term policy goals and the impact of different energy demand assumptions and future end-use technology availability.

Robert Bierkandt

Robert Bierkandt

Robert Bierkandt studied Physics at the Technical University of Berlin and is a PhD student with Prof. Anders Levermann in the research area Global Adaptation Strategies. He works on climate impacts on global supply chains.

Bob Brecha


Dr. Bob Brecha is Professor of Physics and of  Renewable and Clean Energy, and is director and co-founder of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Program at the University of Dayton in Ohio, USA. His research  interests include fossil fuel resource scarcity impacts, challenges to the integration of fluctuating  renewable energy sources, energy needs for sustainable development, and building energy-use analysis. He has been at PIK as a guest scientist during the summer since 2006, as well as during  2010-2011 as a Fulbright fellow.

Jan Philipp Dietrich

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Dr. Jan Philipp Dietrich studied physics at the University of Potsdam before he joined the PIK land use group of Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen. His PhD thesis dealt with the efficient treatment of cross scale interactions in land use models. His current research is focussed on efficiency and management of large-scale models. Further research interests are the role and meaning of land use intensity in the agricultural sector, agricultural yield increases due to research & development and the future role and impact of bioenergy production on environment and society.

Ahmad Murtaza Ershad

Ahmad Murtaza Ershad

Ahmad Murtaza Ershad joined Global Energy System Modelling Group of Research Domain III in 2017. His main research focus is to improve the representation of variable renewable energies and of flexibility options from sector coupling in the REMIND model. Murtaza holds a master’s degree in Renewable and Clean Energy from University of Dayton in Ohio, USA (2014) and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kabul University (2010).

Max Franks

Max Franks

In 2016, Dr. Max Franks finished his PhD thesis "Rents, Taxes, and Distribution" on the overlaps of public economics and the economics of climate change. Currently, he works as a post-doctoral researcher in RD3's working group "Policy Instruments Modeling". His research interests include public economics (in particular tax competition and distributional issues), sustainable development and carbon pricing.

Marina Friedrich

Marina Friedrich joined PIK in February 2018 as part of the “Energy Strategies Europe and Germany” (ESED) group. Having a background in Econometrics - in particular time series analysis - her previous work at Maastricht University evolved around trend analysis and bootstrapping techniques. Both were applied to climatological time series such as atmospheric ethane. Her research includes the transformation of the energy sector as well as the European cap-and-trade system of CO2 allowances (EU ETS).

Beatriz Gaitan

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Dr. Beatriz Gaitan obtained her doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. She has conducted research on exhaustible resources, particularly in the context of the resource curse. At PIK she is member of the "Policy Instruments Modeling" group. She concentrates her research in analyzing leakage due to asymmetric environmental policy across regions.

Christian Gambardella

Christian Gambardella

Having a background in energy and environmental economics as well as dynamic macroeconomics Christian joined RD3’s ESED Group as a PhD-Student in May 2013. His research will be affiliated to a project that is dedicated to the electricity market design challenges of renewable resource dominated power systems. Main focus will therefore center on auction design of electricity spot markets, capacity forward markets as well as on the alignment of environmental and energy policy design.

Anastasis Giannousakis


Anastasis Giannousakis holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering and has done graduate studies on Numerical Methods and Computer Simulations. He is contributing to the work done at PIK as a Scientific Programmer, helping to optimize the algorithms and solver routines used for the solution of large-scale models like REMIND. He also works on uncertainty analysis with Integrated Assessment Models as part of his PhD.

Nicole Glanemann

Nicole Glanemann

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nicole Glanemann leads the flagship project on Economics of Adaptation at PIK. In close cooperation with the Global Adaptation Strategies Group, she is investigating the various impacts of climate change on global infrastructure and supply chains. In addition, her research is devoted to advancing the theory of adaptation and mitigation. She has been appointed jointly by PIK and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as Assistant Professor for Climate Adaptation Strategies.

Florian Humpenöder

Florian Humpenöder
Dr. Florian Humpenöder is a post-doctorate researcher at PIK, working in RD3’s Landuse Management group. His research interests include future pathways of the global land-use system, land-based mitigation (avoided deforestation, afforestation, bioenergy), and trade-offs between land-based climate protection and other sustainable development goals. He is contributing to the development of the land-use model MAgPIE.

Kristine Karstens

Kristine Karstens studied physics and philosophy at the University of Rostock. End of 2016 she joined RD3’s Landuse Management group as a PhD-candidate focusing on soil carbon sequestration options. Within her PhD-project she is working towards the integration of soil carbon accounting as well as soil management options within the MAgPIE model.

David Klein

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Dr. David Klein studied energy engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and is a Postdoc at PIK. In his PhD thesis he examined the impact of climate policy on global bioenergy markets. His recent research focuses on development, efficiency, and management of large-scale integrated assessment models. Further research interests include the sectoral and spatial downscaling of air pollutant emissions.

Kilian Kuhla

Kilian Kuhla

Kilian Kuhla studied Physics at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as a research assistant in RD2. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Global Adaptation Strategies group of RD3. He works on climate change impact on the global trading network.



Dr. Marian Leimbach works on Integrated assessment of Climate change, Macro-economic modelling, Mathematical programming (with GAMS ) of large-scale systems and Endogenous economic growth and induced technical change.




Dr. Kai Lessmann is a post-doctorate researcher at PIK. His research interests include the analysis of incentives for cooperative policy in the context of global public goods, and integrated assessment of climate change with a focus on economics and the choice of policy instruments. He is currently co-heading (with R. Marschinski) PIK’s working group on “Policy Instruments Modeling”.

Antoine Levesque

Antoine Levesque joined the Global Energy System Modeling Group of Research Domain 3 as a PhD student in 2014. In his research he analyses demand-side mitigation policies, with a special focus on the buildings sector. Before joining PIK, Antoine studied economics at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and at the Université Paris I Panthéon - La Sorbonne.

Gunnar Luderer


Dr. Gunnar Luderer studied Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Economics. His activities within research domain 3 include the analysis of climate policy instruments and integrated concepts of international climate policy.

Aman Malik
Aman Malik studied Chemical Engineering in Delhi, specialising in alternative biomass based energy systems. This was followed by a Masters in Integrated Climate Sciences from the University of Hamburg focusing on carbon sequestration technologies and climate economics . During this time, he also worked at Climate Analytics as a programmer on the model SIAMESE (Simplified Integrated Assessment Model with Energy System Emulator) and later as a consultant for GIZ India supporting the climate change team in various mitigation and adaptation projects.
At PIK, his PhD work will be done under the CD-Links and the PEP Project.
Eva-Maria Mauer Eva-Maria Mauer

Eva-Maria Mauer studied International Economics and European Studies at the University of Tübingen as well as the Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder). In 2017 she joined the Energy Strategies Europe and Germany group (ESED) as a PhD student. Her focus is on the implications of regulatory risk and financial speculation for the intertemporal price formation in the EU emissions trading system.

Abhijeet Mishra Abhijeet Mishra

Abhijeet Mishra holds a master degree in Rural Economics and Management from Universiteit Gent, Belgium. As a PhD researcher at PIK, Abhijeet's focus is on Forestry and climate change in an integrated assessment perspective under the framework of Project ENGAGE. He is working towards integration of Forestry sector in the MAgPIE model in a dynamic way.

Samuel Okullo Samuel Okullo

Samuel Okullo's research interests are at the intersection of energy, resources, the climate, and economy. Currently he is working on policy instruments for stabilizing and improving the performance of emission trading systems, in particular the European Union Emission Trading System. Other research of his deals with technologies and policy instruments for the phaseout of fossil fuels.

Sebastian Osorio