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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.

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

Sebastian Osorio obtained his doctorate in information systems from the University of Lausanne. At PIK he is member of the "Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED)" group and is responsible for the European power system model LIMES-EU. His main focus is on the impact of environmental targets on generation and transmission investments, and the integration of renewable energies in electricity markets.

Michael Pahle Michael Pahle_neu

Michael Pahle is post-doctoral researcher in the ESEG Group at PIK. His research interests include energy strategies, electricity markets, and low-carbon transition gouvernance. Before returning to PIK in 2012, Michael was Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance.

Michaja Pehl

Michaja Pehl joined PIK as a PhD student in February 2013. His work in the Global Energy System Modelling Group of Research Domain 3 focuses on the implications of industrial energy and material flows on climate change. Before joining PIK, Michaja studied industrial engineering at the TU Berlin.

Robert Pietzcker

Robert Pietzcker

Robert Pietzcker is a post-doctoral researcher at PIK with a background in physics and economics. He is currently working on the challenge of integrating the variable renewable energies wind and solar in power systems, and the representation thereof in large-scale energy-economy-models. Within the general theme of modeling mitigation pathways, his further research interests include the decarbonization of the transport sector, the development of future energy demand scenarios and the effect of energy efficiency, as well as technology evolution and learning curves in energy models.

Franziska Piontek

Franziska Piontek

Franziska Piontek is a postdoc at PIK, working on the assessment of impacts and costs of climate change, with a special interest in adaptation measures. She studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and obtained a Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, USA. At the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam she wrote her PhD thesis in Astrophysics on the formation of disk galaxies. Franziska also holds a Master's degree in Peace and Security Studies from the University Hamburg, during which she focused especially on climate change and security.

Alexander Popp


Dr. Alexander Popp works in the field of land use, land use change and management. His main research objectives are potential and limitation of bioenergy, avoided deforestation in tropical countries for mitigation and vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate and land use change.

Sebastian Rauner

Sebastian Rauner studied Industrial Engineering in a cooperative course in cooperation with a major energy utility. In 2016 he spent half a year at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the UC Berkeley to collaborate with leading US energy scientists in the field of co-benefits of renewable based energy supply. In 2017 he joined the PIK as a Phd student.

Christina Roolfs Christina Roolfs

Christina Roolfs studied Sustainability Economics and Management, Mathematics and Arts & Media and has professional experience in the field of renewable energies. She is a Ph.D. candidate and member of the research group "Policy Instruments Modeling". Your research interests include: Climate policy in multi layered governmental systems (esp. in Europe), fiscal federalism and the German energy transition (Energiewende).

Marianna Rottoli

Marianna Rottoli holds a Master degree in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her Master project was carried out at FEEM, Milan. She joined PIK as a PhD student in 2017. Her research focuses on mobility trends and mitigation strategies modeling.

Hendrik Schuldt

Hendrik Schuldt is doing his doctorate with the Policy Instruments Modelling Group. He studied environmental sciences and economics and has professional experience in the areas of climate finance and development economics. In his master thesis, he investigated the impact of temporarily differentiated NDCs on parties to the Paris Agreement and their incentives to contribute to ambitious greenhouse gas mitigation.

Anselm Schultes

Anselm Schultes

Anselm Schultes graduated from University of Wuerzburg with a Diplom degree in physics. His work as a PhD student in the macro-economic modelling group revolves around improvements to the representation of the economy in integrated assessment models like REMIND.

Emilie Rosenlund Soysal

Emilie Rosenlund Soysal joined the Policy Instruments Group as a doctoral student in September 2017. Under the scope of the FINFAIL project, her research focuses on the effect of capital market failures on investments in climate friendly technologies. Emilie received her master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lund University in 2015. During her studies, she specialized in financial engineering and mathematical modelling. Prior to working at PIK, she was a research assistant at the Technical University of Denmark, where she participated in international projects on energy economics and policies for renewable energy. She has also worked with financial risk management and responsible investment issues.

Miodrag Stevanovic

Miodrag Stevanovic

Miodrag Stevanovic joined PIK as a PhD student in the Landuse Modeling group. He graduated mathematics at the University of Belgrade and has a master degree in economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His work is focused on assessing climate change damages and mitigation options in the agricultural sector. Currently, he is working on the project Global IQ.

Jessica Strefler

Jessica Strefler

Dr. Jessica Strefler studied phyics and completed her PhD at PIK working on non-CO2 emissions in global energy systems. Her research is currently focused on carbon dioxide removal technologies. She uses the hybrid energy-economy model REMIND to analyze the influence of various carbon dioxide removal technologies on global mitigation strategies.

Oliver Tietjen

Oliver Tietjen

Oliver Tietjen received his mater degree in Economics from Freie Universität in Berlin. Since January 2015, he is PhD student at PIK and member of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED). His work focuses on financial risk and its implications for electricity markets.

Falko Ueckerdt

Falko Ueckerdt

Dr. Falko Ueckerdt studied physics and economics and finished a PhD on the energy system effects of wind and solar power. As a postdoctoral researcher, he conducts research and policy advice in the field of climate change mitigation, energy system transformation, wind and solar power integration as well as economic impacts of climate change. Dr. Ueckerdt is the scientific coordinator of the German side of the "Australian-German Energy Transition Hub", a bilateral cooperation of 11 institutes in Australia and Germany that conduct research on how to turn the challenge of a zero-emission future into an economic opportunity for both countries.

Leonie Wenz

Leonie Wenz

Dr. Leonie Wenz is a researcher in the Global Adaptation Strategies group that she has joined in 2012. Her research focuses on climate change impacts in the context of an increasingly connected global economy. She is also interested in climate change adaptation and the interaction of climate and sustainable economic development. Leonie holds a Ph.D. in climate physics and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Sven Willner

Sven Willner

Sven Willner studied Physics and currently works as a doctoral student in the Global Adaptation Strategies research area of RD3 on adaptation strategies of the global supply network.

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