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Ernst-Detlef Schulze

Emeritus Scientific Member
room: C3.003
phone: +49 3641 57 6100
email: dschulze(at)
street address: Hans-Knoell-Str. 10, 07745 Jena
postal address: Postfach 10 01 64, 07701 Jena, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1941 in Berlin

1964Diploma in Forestry (Göttingen)
1966MA in Botany (University of California, Los Angeles)
1969PhD in Botany, University of Würzburg
1973Habilitation, University of Würzburg
1975Professor at the Chair for Plant Ecology, University Bayreuth
1997Director of the MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena
2009Emeritus Scientific Member of the MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena


1990Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina
1993American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2011Portuguese Academy of Science


1990Bavarian State Medal in Silver
1992Max Planck Science Award
1997Bullard Prize of Harward University
2000Highly Cited Researcher (ISI)
2004Vernadski Medal of the European Geophysical Union

The Vernadski Medal Lecture (PDF 10 MB)
2006German Environmental Award
2007Contribution to the Nobel Peace Prize for IPCC
2008Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse
2012Honorary Professor of the Siberian Federal University
2013Ernst Haeckel Prize, European Ecological Federation
2018Honorary Doctor in Forestry of the University of Göttingen


since 2012 Member of iDiv-Leipzig

Active Projects

  • Origin and genetics of the genus Quercus and Fagus (iDiv-project): The evolution of even common tree genera remains obscure. The huge diversity of Oak and the obscure distribution of Fagus shall be analyzed by DAN-sequencing in a European consortium. For baseline information see publication number 633
  • National wood flows (iDiv Project). Depite a huge volume of information of forests and wood industries, even a compendium such as the OECD assessment on The State of European Forests avoids to showing a wood flow budget. For Germany the estimates about annual harvest range between about 60 to 90 Mill m3/yr. One reason is the uncertainty of fuel wood for energy. In a European consortium we try to revise the national balances of wood flow. This is important because only by including wood for energy a comparison of climate mitigation effects of managed versus unmanaged forests become meaningful. The project is in progress, but the underlying problems are addressed in publication no 642
  • Establishment and growth of Pseudotsuga, Abies and Quercus genotypes/species (iDiv project). Here I try to establish common plots in which various species of Abies and Pseudostuge grow under a range of forest conditions. These plots may become increasingly important if weather conditions turn out to get dryer. This project is a cooperation with the Thueringen State forest. See publication no 666
  • 2nd edition of the textbook “Plant Ecology”, Springer Verlag: I edited a text book “Plant Ecology” in 2002. It is time to revise this textbook. I hope that the new edition will be available in 2019. This text book deals with ecology in 5 Parts: (1) Molecular ecology, (2) Physiological ecology, (3) Ecosystem Ecology, (4) Community Ecology, and (5) Global Ecology.

Completed Projects (Link)

Editorial work

Member of the editorial board of

  • Ecological Studies Series, Springer
  • Forest Ecosystems, Springer

Public Data

The BGC Buildung


  • Schulze ED, Aas G, Grimm GW, Gossner MM, Walentowski H, Ammer C, Kühn I, Bouriaud O, von Gadow K (2015) A review on plant diversity and forest management of European beech forest. European Journal of Forest 135:51-67. Research. doi 10.1007/s10342-015-0922-y
  • Schulze ED (2018) Effects of forest management on biodiversity in temperate deciduous forests: an overview based on Central European beech forests. Journal of Nature Conservation 43:213-226; doi 10.1016/j.jnc.2017.08.001
  • Schulze ED, Craven D, Durso AM, Reif J, Guderle M, Kroiher F, Hennig P, Weiserbs A , Schall P, Ammer C, Eisenhauer N (2019) Positive association between forest management, environmental change, and forest bird abundance. Forest Ecosystems 6:1. doi 10.1186/s40663-019-0160-8
  • Schulze ED, I Stupak, D Hessenmöller (2019) The climate mitigation potential of managed versus unmanaged spruce and beech forests in central Europe. In: Pires JCM, Goncalves AL (eds) Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and storage: Nature and technology can help. Whiley, in press



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