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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 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.

Nadine Fischer

Project coordinator of zean [zi:n] project.

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. Absent until April 2019.

Simon Kleineweber

Simon Kleineweber is science coordinator of Research Domain 3 and replaces Dorothe Ilskens until April 2019.

Kristiyana Neumann


RD3 Team assistant

Nicole Reinhardt

Nicole Reinhardt

RD3 Coordination and Project assistant.
Absent until September 2018.

Ramona Lorenz

RD3 Coordination and Project assistant.
Replaces Nicole Reinhardt.

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.

Jan Philipp Dietrich

Jan Philipp Dietrich new

Dr. Jan Philipp Dietrich studied physics at the University of Potsdam before he joined the PIK land use group. His PhD thesis dealt with the efficient treatment of cross scale interactions in land use models. His current research is focused 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.

Alois Dirnaichner

Dr. Alois Dirnaichner joined RD3 as a PostDoc in 2018. He is coming from a Solid State Physics background and works on Lifecycle Assessment for electric vehicles in the context of earth system models.

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

Beatriz Gaitan Soto

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