Institute of Silviculture (Institut für Waldbau)
Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
A-1190 Wien, Peter Jordanstr. 82
Department of Ecology and
Technische Universität München
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Prof. Dr. Rupert Seidl
Since November 2019 Rupert Seidl is head of the ecosystem dynamics and forest management group
at the Technical University of Munich.
Dr. Seidl is Associate Professor at the Institute of Silviculture, BOKU Vienna. His research interests pivot around forest ecosystem dynamics in general and the role of climate and disturbances in forest ecosystems in particular. His work aims at harnessing concepts of ecosystem dynamics – mostly in the form of simulation models – for sustainable forest management.
To address dynamic interactions between climate (change), disturbances, and forest management Dr. Seidl develops simulation models, particularly addressing issues of scaling and complexity in forest ecosystems. He is the principal investigator of the individual-based forest landscape and disturbance model iLand. iLand unifies approaches from community ecology and ecosystem ecology and simulates disturbance regimes spatially explicit at the landscape scale.
Dr. Seidls current research focuses on climate-related changes in disturbance regimes, their potential impacts on ecosystem functions and services (e.g. timber production, C storage, biodiversity) and implications for forest management (e.g. in the context of risk management). The particular aim of this effort is to better understand resilience in forest ecosystems and identify measures to increase it through forest management.
Rupert Seidl has won several awards and distinctions for his work and was the first BOKU graduate to receive his doctorate from the Austrian Federal President (promotion sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publica). In 2015 he was awarded the START Price of the Austrian Science Fund FWF for his project "Forest disturbance in a changing world". Since 2016 Seidl is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Young Curia).
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