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 explore their environment


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

Currently I am involved in the following third-party funded projects:

  • Ecoclimb
  • BTU Research Cluster “Multifunctional Landscapes under Climate Change” (MultiLand)


Latest publications:

Complete list of publications


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. Since 2019 I am honorary professor of ecological-economic modelling at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Detailed CV

Collaboration with BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Much of my research is in collaboration with Frank Wätzold, Chair of Economics in particular Environmental Economics at Bradenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, where I also teach regularly.