Dr. Franziska Taubert


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building 1.0, Room 202

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Franziska Taubert

Research interests

  • forest and grassland modelling
  • structure and dynamics of forests and grasslands under disturbance and climate change
  • methods in ecology


Explaining the structure of tropcial forests

We developed a forest packing model (FPM) which uses simple principles of stochastic geometry and successfully reproduces the structure of natural tropical forests in terms of

  • their tree size distribution,
  • vertical leaf area distribution, and
  • local horizontal structure (e.g. local forest height, local packing density)

See also

Publication: The structure of tropical forests and sphere packings (open-access)

Forests and Grassland Dynamics

Simulating species-rich grasslands with GRASSMIND

GRASSMIND is an individual- and process-based model designed for simulating the structure and dynamcis of herbaceous communities including

  • competition between individual plants for light, space, soil water and nitrogen
  • different management regimes(mowing, irrigation, fertilization)
  • climatic changes (drought events, increased temperatures, ...)


See also

Model concept of GRASSMIND (Supplementary data of review paper)

Forests and Grassland Dynamics

Energy Transition

Integrated Project EnergyLandUse: Sustainable Renewable Energy-Landscapes

  • Naegler, T., Szarka, N., Henning, H.-M., Brendel, R., Niepelt, R., Taubert, F., Fischedick, M., (2017):
    Transformationsszenarien für das deutsche Energiesystem
    In: Szczepanski, P., Wunschick, F., Martin, N., (Hrsg.)
    Forschung für die Energiewende : die Gestaltung des Energiesystems. Beiträge zur Jahrestagung 2016 des ForschungsVerbunds Erneuerbare Energien, 2. und 3. November 2016, Umweltforum Berlin. FVEE-Themen
    Themen / ForschungsVerbund Erneuerbare Energien
    ForschungsVerbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE), Berlin, S. 6 - 10
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • 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
    full text (url)
  • Taubert, F., Jahn, M.W., Dobner, H.-J., Wiegand, T., Huth, A., (2015):
    The structure of tropical forests and sphere packings
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112 (49), 15125 - 15129
    full text (url)
  • Taubert, F., (2014):
    Modelling and analysing the structure and dynamics of species-rich grasslands and forests
    Dissertation, Universität Osnabrück
    PhD Dissertation 5/2014
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 148 pp.
    full text (pdf)
  • Taubert, F., Hartig, F., Dobner, H.-J., Huth, A., (2013):
    On the challenge of fitting tree size distributions in ecology
    PLOS One 8 (2), e58036
    full text (url)
  • Taubert, F., Frank, K., Huth, A., (2012):
    A review of grassland models in the biofuel context
    Ecol. Model. 245 , 84 - 93
    full text (url)
since 2013 Postdoc at the Department of Ecological Modelling
2010 - 2013 PhD student at the Department of Ecological Modelling
2008 - 2010 Master in Applied Mathematics at the University of Applied Science (HTWK) Leipzig
2004 - 2008 Diploma in Business Mathematics at the University of Applied Science (HTWK) Leipzig