Research for the Environment

Stephan Getzin Photo Dr. Stephan Getzin
Department of Ecological Modelling
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany

E-Mail: stephan.getzin@ufz.de


Research Interests

  • Remotely Sensed Pattern Analysis
  • Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Applied Forest Science
  • Tropical Forest Ecology
  • Spatial Statistics


Research in the Media


CNN Headline Fairy Circles

The fairy circles of Namibia form a spectacular pattern in the arid grasslands along the Namib Desert. Our new study published in Ecography appeared in several media.


CNN
BBC earth
ScienceDaily
Huffington Post
AZ Namibia
Smithsonian
FOCUS
SPIEGEL
GEO
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UFZ press release

CNN Headline Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones are increasingly used for mapping natural habitats. We have started working with drones in 2008, at a time when the technology was not yet fully reliable. The project was covered in several media such as NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and had a press release at the University of Göttingen.

Since 2014 we have a new high-tech drone with several sensors such as a LiDAR for 3D-mapping, a multi-spectral camera, a thermal and a photo camera (left image). This FUll SEnsor or FUSE-drone was recently introduced in an online article in SPEKTRUM. Also a media production made for an ARTE documentary filmed the flight mission of our drone during mappings of forest and open habitat.



Publications


Fairy Circles Getzin, S., Wiegand, K., Wiegand, T., Yizhaq, H., von Hardenberg, J. & Meron, E. (early view) Adopting a spatially explicit perspective to study the mysterious fairy circles of Namibia. Ecography, in press (doi: 10.1111/ecog.00911)
Drohne Getzin, S., Nuske, R.S. & Wiegand, K. (2014) Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to quantify spatial gap patterns in forests. Remote Sensing, 6, 6988-7004.
BCI Getzin, S., Wiegand, T. & Hubbell, S.P. (2014) Stochastically driven adult-recruit associations of tree species on Barro Colorado Island. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20140922.
Vietnam2_klein Nguyen, H., Wiegand, K. & Getzin, S. (2014b) Spatial patterns and demographics of Streblus macrophyllus trees in a tropical evergreen forest, Vietnam. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 26, 309–319.
Vietnam Nguyen, H., Wiegand, K. & Getzin, S. (2014a) Spatial distributions of tropical tree species in northern Vietnam under environmentally variable site conditions. Journal of Forestry Research, 25, 257-268.
Sinharaja Punchi-Manage, R., Wiegand, T., Wiegand, K., Getzin, S., Gunatilleke, C.V.S. & Gunatilleke, I.A.U.N. (2014). Effect of spatial processes and topography on structuring species assemblages in a Sri Lankan dipterocarp forest. Ecology, 95, 376-386.
Gutianshan Zhu, Y., Getzin, S., Wiegand, T., Ren, H. & Ma, K. (2013) The relative importance of Janzen-Connell effects in influencing the spatial patterns at the Gutianshan subtropical forest. PLoS ONE, 8, e74560.
Gossner, M.M., Getzin, S., Lange, M., Pašalic, E., Türke, M., Wiegand, K., & Weisser, W.W. (2013) The importance of heterogeneity revisited from a multiscale and multitaxa approach. Biological Conservation, 166, 212-220.
Walter Ward, D., Wiegand, K., Getzin, S. (2013) Walter's two-layer hypothesis revisited: back to the roots! Oecologia, 172, 617-630.

Sinharaja Punchi-Manage, R., Getzin, S., Wiegand, T., Kanagaraj, R., Gunatilleke, C.V.S., Gunatilleke, I.A.U N., Wiegand, K. & Huth, A. (2013) Effects of topography on structuring local species assemblages in a Sri Lankan mixed dipterocarp forest. Journal of Ecology, 101, 149-160.

ProceedingsB Wiegand, T., Huth, A., Getzin, S., Wang, X., Hao, Z., Gunatilleke, C.V.S. & Gunatilleke, I.A.U N. (2012) Testing the independent species' arrangement assertion made by theories of stochastic geometry of biodiversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 3312-3320.

cover_meeGetzin, S., Wiegand, K. & Schoening, I. (2012) Assessing biodiversity in forests using very high-resolution images and unmanned aerial vehicles. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 397-404.

Lan_et_al Lan, G., Getzin, S., Wiegand, T., Hu, Y., Xie, G., Zhu, H. & Cao, M. (2012) Spatial distribution and interspecific associations of tree species in a tropical seasonal rain forest of China. PLoS ONE, 7, e46074.



Getzin, S. , Worbes, M., Wiegand, T. & Wiegand, K. (2011) Size dominance regulates tree spacing more than competition within height classes in tropical Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27, 93-102.

Heterogeneity_OeM_GS1Getzin, S. , Wiegand, T., Wiegand, K. & He, F. (2008) Heterogeneity influences spatial patterns and demographics in forest stands. Journal of Ecology, 96, 807-820.

Dronfield_Ranch_RS_OeM_GS6Moustakas, A., Wiegand, K., Getzin, S. , Ward, D., Meyer, K.M., Guenther, M. & Mueller, K.-H. (2008) Spacing patterns of an Acacia tree in the Kalahari over a 61-year period: how clumped becomes regular and vice versa. Acta Oecologica, 33, 355-364.

Crown_Areas_OeM_GS4Getzin, S. , Wiegand, K., Schumacher, J. & Gougeon, F.A. (2008) Scale-dependent competition at the stand level assessed from crown areas. Forest Ecology and Management, 255, 2478-2485.

Asymmetric_growth_OeM_GS2Getzin, S. & Wiegand, K. (2007) Asymmetric tree growth at the stand level: Random crown patterns and the response to slope. Forest Ecology and Management, 242, 165-174.

Fire_OeM_GS8Getzin, S. (2007) Structural Fire Effects in the World's Savannas. A Synthesis for Biodiversity and Land-Use Managers. VDM Verlag, Saarbruecken. Book-ISBN: 978-3-8364-3664-9

Chronopattern_OeM_GS3Getzin, S. , Dean, C., He, F., Trofymow, J.A., Wiegand, K. & Wiegand, T. (2006) Spatial patterns and competition of tree species in a Douglas-fir chronosequence on Vancouver Island. Ecography, 29, 671-682.

Dis_Crowns_OeM_GS5Getzin, S. (2006) Analysis of hierarchical structures in forest stands using detailed spatial statistics. Ph.D. thesis

Waterhole_OeM_GS9Getzin, S. (2005) The suitability of the degradation gradient method in arid Namibia. African Journal of Ecology, 43, 340-351.

Fairy1_OeM_GS7 Becker, T. & Getzin, S. (2000) The fairy circles of Kaokoland (North-West-Namibia) - origin, distribution, and characteristics. Basic and Applied Ecology, 1, 149-159.

Obituary

Martin Kazmierczak

The UFZ grieves for its doctoral researcher

Martin Kazmierczak

who has suddenly passed away on 9th October 2014 after short illness.

Obituary
 

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Joint SESYNC-UFZ-sDiv Call for Synthesis Proposals on “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services”

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