Martin Drechsler


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 235 1713
Fax: +49 341 235 1743    

Scientists don't get lost, they research their environment


My research includes the mathematical modelling of populations in fragmented and dynamic landscapes, the mathematical ecological-economic anaylsis of instruments and strategies for biodiversity conservation, the model-based assessment of renewable energy deployment as well as mathematical optimisation and decision theory.

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Latest publications:

  • Drechsler, M., (2017):
    The impact of cost feedbacks on the land-use dynamics induced by a tradable permit market
    Ecol. Complex. 29 , 82 - 86
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  • Drechsler, M., (2017):
    Performance of input- and output-based payments for the conservation of mobile species
    Ecol. Econ. 134 , 49 - 56
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  • Drechsler, M., (2017):
    Generating spatially optimized habitat in a trade-off between social optimality and budget efficiency
    Conserv. Biol. 31 (1), 221 - 225
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  • Drechsler, M., (2017):
    The impact of fairness on side payments and cost-effectiveness in agglomeration payments for biodiversity conservation
    Ecol. Econ. 141 , 127 - 135
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  • Drechsler, M., Johst, K., (2017):
    Rapid assessment of metapopulation viability under climate and land-use change
    Ecol. Complex. 31 , 125 - 134
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  • Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Wätzold, F., (2017):
    The cost-effective length of contracts for payments to compensate land owners for biodiversity conservation measures
    Biol. Conserv. 207 , 72 - 79
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  • Drechsler, M., Wätzold, F., (2017):
    Costs of uncoordinated site selection with multiple ecosystem services
    Nat. Resour. Model. 30 (1), 10 - 29
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  • Drechsler, M., Smith, H.G., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2016):
    Cost-effectiveness of conservation payment schemes for species with different range sizes
    Conserv. Biol. 30 (4), 894 - 899
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  • Drechsler, M., Touza, J., White, P.C.L., Jones, G., (2016):
    Agricultural landscape structure and invasive species: the cost-effective level of crop field clustering
    Food Secur. 8 (1), 111 - 121
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  • Masurowski, F., Drechsler, M., Frank, K., (2016):
    A spatially explicit assessment of the wind energy potential in response to an increased distance between wind turbines and settlements in Germany
    Energy Policy 97 , 343 - 350
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  • Schöttker, O., Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Wätzold, F., (2016):
    Land for biodiversity conservation — To buy or borrow?
    Ecol. Econ. 129 , 94 - 103
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  • Wätzold, F., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Mewes, M., Sturm, A., (2016):
    A novel, spatiotemporally explicit ecological-economic modeling procedure for the design of cost-effective agri-environment schemes to conserve biodiversity
    Am. J. Agr. Econ. 98 (2), 489 - 512
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  • Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Mewes, M., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2015):
    A novel modeling approach to evaluate the ecological effects of timing and location of grassland conservation measures
    Biol. Conserv. 182 , 44 - 52
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  • Mewes, M., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2015):
    A systematic approach for assessing spatially and temporally differentiated opportunity costs of biodiversity conservation measures in grasslands
    Agric. Syst. 137 , 76 - 88
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I am a physicist by training and obtained my degree in 1991 with a thesis on superconductivity. After that I turned to ecological modelling and obtained my PhD with a thesis on stochastic metapopulation models. During a post-doc at the University of Melbourne I became familiar with population viability analysis and decision theory which eventually brought me to my current main field of research, which is ecological-economic modelling. In 2012 I obtained a doctorate degree in economics.

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Collaborations and Projects

Collaborations and externally funded projects: Collaborations