Dr. Rico Fischer


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Buildung 1.0, Room 202 Map

Tel.: +49 341 235 - 48 2267
Fax: +49 341 235 - 45 2267

Rico Fischer



  • HGF Alliance “Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics” - improving the understanding and modelling of dynamic processes: http://hgf-eda.de/
  • Innovative methods to calculate aboveground biomass of tropical forests from TanDEM-X data: Biotrop-X
  • Modelling the dynamics of tropical rainforests at Mt. Kilimanjaro: KiLi
  • Modelling the dynamics of tropical rainforests in Madagascar. Analyzing the impact of drought and logging on rainforest structure and dynamics
  • The state of tropical forest fragmentation and its impact on the global carbon cycle

2018 (5)

  • Knapp, N., Fischer, R., Huth, A., (2018):
    Linking lidar and forest modeling to assess biomass estimation across scales and disturbance states
    Remote Sens. Environ. 205 , 199 - 209
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  • Knapp, N., Huth, A., Kugler, F., Papathanassiou, K., Condit, R., Hubbell, S.P., Fischer, R., (2018):
    Model-assisted estimation of tropical forest biomass change: a comparison of approaches
    Remote Sens. 10 (5), art. 731
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  • Rödig, E., Cuntz, M., Rammig, A., Fischer, R., Taubert, F., Huth, A., (2018):
    The importance of forest structure for carbon fluxes of the Amazon rainforest
    Environ. Res. Lett. 13 (5), art. 054013
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  • Shugart, H.H., Wang, B., Fischer, R., Ma, J., Fang, J., Yan, X., Huth, A., Armstrong, A.H., (2018):
    Gap models and their individual-based relatives in the assessment of the consequences of global change
    Environ. Res. Lett. 13 (3), art. 033001
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  • Taubert, F., Fischer, R., Groeneveld, J., Lehmann, S., Müller, M.S., Rödig, E., Wiegand, T., Huth, A., (2018):
    Global patterns of tropical forest fragmentation
    Nature 554 (7693), 519 - 522
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2017 (4)

  • Brinck, K., Fischer, R., Groeneveld, J., Lehmann, S., Dantas de Paula, M., Pütz, S., Sexton, J.O., Song, D., Huth, A., (2017):
    High resolution analysis of tropical forest fragmentation and its impact on the global carbon cycle
    Nat. Commun. 8 , art. 14855
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  • Cazcarra-Bes, V., Tello-Alonso, M., Fischer, R., Heym, M., Papathanassiou, K., (2017):
    Monitoring of forest structure dynamics by means of L-band SAR tomography
    Remote Sens. 9 (12), art. 1229
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  • Getzin, S., Fischer, R., Knapp, N., Huth, A., (2017):
    Using airborne LiDAR to assess spatial heterogeneity in forest structure on Mount Kilimanjaro
    Landsc. Ecol. 32 (9), 1881 - 1894
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  • Paulick, S., Dislich, C., Homeier, J., Fischer, R., Huth, A., (2017):
    The carbon fluxes in different successional stages: modelling the dynamics of tropical montane forests in South Ecuador
    For. Ecosyst. 4 , art. 5
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2016 (3)

  • Fischer, R., Bohn, F., Dantas de Paula, M., Dislich, C., Groeneveld, J., Gutiérrez, A.G., Kazmierczak, M., Knapp, N., Lehmann, S., Paulick, S., Pütz, S., Rödig, E., Taubert, F., Köhler, P., Huth, A., (2016):
    Lessons learned from applying a forest gap model to understand ecosystem and carbon dynamics of complex tropical forests
    Ecol. Model. 326 , 124 - 133
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  • Hiltner, U., Bräuning, A., Gebrekirstos, A., Huth, A., Fischer, R., (2016):
    Impacts of precipitation variability on the dynamics of a dry tropical montane forest
    Ecol. Model. 320 , 92 - 101
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  • Kazmierczak, M., Backmann, P., Fedriani, J.M., Fischer, R., Hartmann, A.K., Huth, A., May, F., Müller, M.S., Taubert, F., Grimm, V., Groeneveld, J., (2016):
    Monodominance in tropical forests: modelling reveals emerging clusters and phase transitions
    J. R. Soc. Interface 13 (117), art. 0123
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2015 (2)

  • Fischer, R., Ensslin, A., Rutten, G., Fischer, M., Schellenberger Costa, D., Kleyer, M., Hemp, A., Paulick, S., Huth, A., (2015):
    Simulating carbon stocks and fluxes of an African tropical montane forest with an individual-based forest model
    PLOS One 10 (4), e0123300
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  • Shugart, H.H., Asner, G.P., Fischer, R., Huth, A., Knapp, N., Le Toan, T., Shuman, J.K., (2015):
    Computer and remote-sensing infrastructure to enhance large-scale testing of individual-based forest models
    Front. Ecol. Environ. 13 (9), 503 - 511
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2014 (2)

  • Fischer, R., (2014):
    Modellierung der Dynamik afrikanischer Tropenwälder. Analyse des Einflusses von Störungen auf tropische Wälder mit Hilfe des Waldmodells FORMIND
    Dissertation, Universität Osnabrück
    PhD Dissertation 4/2014
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 187 S.
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  • Fischer, R., Armstrong, A., Shugart, H.H., Huth, A., (2014):
    Simulating the impacts of reduced rainfall on carbon stocks and net ecosystem exchange in a tropical forest
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 52 , 200 - 206
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2013 -
Post Doc position at the Helmholtz Alliance “Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics”
2010 - 2013
PhD student at the UFZ within the DFG Research Unit "KiLi"
2008 - 2010
studies in applied mathematics. HTWK Leipzig. Degree: Master of Science
2005 - 2008
studies in business mathematics. HTWK Leipzig. Degree: diploma