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Dr. Gunnar Dreßler

Contact

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany

Building 1.0, Room 203

Tel.: +49 341 235-1707
Fax: +49 341 235-451707
gunnar.dressler@ufz.de    

Gunnar Dresßler

Research Interests

  1. Dynamics of socio-ecological resource use systems
    • Impact of policy instruments and new technologies on local land-use strategies (e.g. pasture use in drylands).
    • Emergence of polarization and poverty traps in social-ecological systems.
    • Thresholds of disaster management performance under change, loss of manpower, the role of information as critical resource.
  2. Human decision making in agent-based models.
    Journal Club "Human decisions in agent-based models of land use change"
  3. Remote sensing and GIS.

Current Projects

PostDoc in the Junior Research Group POLISES - Global food security policies and their social-ecological side effects in regions prone to global change (08/2014-10/2019).
NamTip - Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems – A Namibian Perspective (03/2019-02/2022).
BESTMAP - Behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy (09/2019-08/2023).

Past Projects

PhD Thesis "Analyzing resource use decisions under global change by agent-based modeling." as part of the projects "emBRACE" and "POLISES".
Defended at University of Osnabrück, Institute of Environmental Systems Research on April 04, 2017.
EU project emBRACE - Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe. (until Sep. 2015)

Curriculum Vitae

04/2018 - 08/2018 Research stay at Stockholm Resilience Center.
since 04/2017 POLISES - Global food security policies and their social-ecological side effects in regions prone to global change.
02/2012 - 04/2017 PhD student at the Department of Ecological Modeling, Junior Research Group POLISES & EU research project emBRACE
10/2006 - 11/2011 Diploma in Biomathematics, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald
Thesis: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Global Vegetation Patterns from Remotely Sensed Images
in cooperation with Dr. Thomas Mueller, University of Maryland.
02/2011 - 04/2011 MSc researcher, University of Maryland, Bill Fagan Lab, Development and application of methods to quantify spatial and temporal vegetation dynamics from remote sensing images.
2011 Scholarship recipient of the UMD-SI Seed Grant: "How vegetation dynamics drive ungulate movements: Transforming single species studies to global comparisons".
08/2010 - 09/2010 Student assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Ecological Modelling, Development of an agent-based model to analyze the influence of mobility on the sustainability of a pastoral-nomadic system.
08/2009 - 10/2009 Internship student, University of Maryland, Bill Fagan Lab, Development of methods to compare resource dynamics in different ecosystems.

Publications

2019 (2)

  • Dressler, G., Groeneveld, J., Buchmann, C.M., Guo, C., Hase, N., Thober, J., Frank, K., Müller, B., (2019):
    Implications of behavioral change for the resilience of pastoral systems—Lessons from an agent-based model
    Ecol. Complex.
    Volltext (URL)
  • Dressler, G., Hoffmann, F., Breuer, I., Kreuer, D., Mahdi, M., Frank, K., Müller, B., (2019):
    Polarization in (post)nomadic resource use in Eastern Morocco: insights using a multi-agent simulation model
    Reg. Envir. Chang. 19 (2), 489 - 500
    Volltext (URL)

2017 (3)

  • Dreßler, G., (2017):
    Analyzing resource use decisions under global change by agent-based modeling
    Dissertation, Universität Osnabrück
    PhD Dissertation 2/2017
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 126 pp.
    Volltext (PDF)
  • Groeneveld, J., Müller, B., Buchmann, C.M., Dressler, G., Guo, C., Hase, N., Hoffmann, F., John, F., Klassert, C., Lauf, T., Liebelt, V., Nolzen, H., Pannicke, N., Schulze, J., Weise, H., Schwarz, N., (2017):
    Theoretical foundations of human decision-making in agent-based land use models – A review
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 87 , 39 - 48
    Volltext (URL)
  • Schlüter, M., Baeza, A., Dressler, G., Frank, K., Groeneveld, J., Jager, W., Janssen, M.A., McAllister, R.R.J., Müller, B., Orach, K., Schwarz, N., Wijermans, N., (2017):
    A framework for mapping and comparing behavioural theories in models of social-ecological systems
    Ecol. Econ. 131 , 21 - 35
    Volltext (URL)

2016 (1)

  • Dressler, G., Müller, B., Frank, K., Kuhlicke, C., (2016):
    Towards thresholds of disaster management performance under demographic change: exploring functional relationships using agent-based modeling
    Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16 (10), 2287 - 2301
    Volltext (URL)

2014 (2)

  • Mueller, T., Dressler, G., Tucker, C.J., Pinzon, J.E., Leimgruber, P., Dubayah, R.O., Hurtt, G.C., Böhning-Gaese, K., Fagan, W.F., (2014):
    Human land-use practices lead to global long-term increases in photosynthetic capacity
    Remote Sens. 6 (6), 5717 - 5731
    Volltext (URL)
  • Müller, B., Balbi, S., Buchmann, C.M., de Sousa, L., Dressler, G., Groeneveld, J., Klassert, C.J., Le, Q.B., Millington, J.D.A., Nolzen, H., Parker, D.C., Polhill, J.G., Schlüter, M., Schulze, J., Schwarz, N., Sun, Z., Taillandier, P., Weise, H., (2014):
    Standardised and transparent model descriptions for agent-based models: current status and prospects
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 55 , 156 - 163
    Volltext (URL)

2013 (1)

  • Müller, B., Bohn, F., Dreßler, G., Groeneveld, J., Klassert, C., Martin, R., Schlüter, M., Schulze, J., Weise, H., Schwarz, N., (2013):
    Describing human decisions in agent-based models - ODD+D, an extension of the ODD protocol
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 48 , 37 - 48
    Volltext (URL)

2012 (2)

  • Dressler, G., Müller, B., Frank, K., (2012):
    Mobility – a panacea for pastoralism? An ecological-economic modelling approach
    In: Seppelt, R., Voinov, A.A., Lange, S., Bankamp, D., (eds.)
    Managing resources of a limited planet: pathways and visions under uncertainty. Proceedings of the sixth biannial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Leipzig, Germany, July 1-5, 2012
    p. 2083 - 2090
    Volltext (URL)
  • Groeneveld, J., Müller, B., Angermüller, F., Drees, R., Dreßler, G., Klassert, C., Schulze, J., Weise, H., Schwarz, N., (2012):
    Good modelling practice: expanding the ODD model description protocol for socioenvironmental agent based models
    In: Seppelt, R., Voinov, A.A., Lange, S., Bankamp, D., (eds.)
    Managing resources of a limited planet: pathways and visions under uncertainty. Proceedings of the sixth biannial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Leipzig, Germany, July 1-5, 2012
    p. 2480 - 2484
    Volltext (URL)