press release, 15. November 2022

Four UFZ scientists among the most influential scientists worldwide

In the annual scientific ranking of the most cited researchers (Highly Cited Researchers), four scientists of the UFZ are represented in 2022: Dr Jakob Zscheischler, Prof. Stan W. Harpole, Prof. Ingolf Kühn und Prof. Josef Settele. Among the 6,938 selected scientists worldwide is also Prof. Dagmar Haase. She started her scientific career at the UFZ and continue to be closely connected to the UFZ through a guest contract.

The Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate™ identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields (those used in the Essential Science Indicators™, or ESI) or across several fields.

The full 2022 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here, and the methodology can be found here.

Dr. Jakob Zscheischler The environmental scientist heads a working group in the UFZ Department of Hydrosystem Modelling. It deals with the description and modelling of compound weather and climate events, such as the interaction of precipitation and soil moisture in the development of floods. Such compound events have not been adequately considered in risk assessment so far.

Prof. Stan W. Harpole The botanist and ecologist heads the Department of Physiological Diversity at UFZ and iDiv and is a Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). His research focuses on developing, testing, and applying biodiversity theory to understand the interactive effects of multiple global change drivers. His expertise bridges ecosystem, theoretical and community ecology. Specific research topics include ecological stoichiometry, niche theory and mechanisms of coexistence.

Prof. Ingolf Kühn The biologist heads the UFZ Department of Community Ecology and is a Professor at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). His research focuses on biological invasions, the functional composition of communities and assemblages, i.e. the composition of their functional traits, as well as impacts of climate change and land-use change on such assemblages.

Prof. Josef Settele The agricultural biologist is head of the UFZ Department of Conservation Biology and Professor (apl.) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). His research focuses on the Conservation and Evolutionary Biology of Insects, Biodiversity and Land Use and Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Project Co-ordination in the field of biodiversity. In the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) he was one of the three directors of the Global Assessment and he is a member of environmental expert panel of the German government.

Prof. Dagmar Haase The geographer is professor for landscape ecology at the Institute of Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin and guest researcher at the UFZ.

Further information

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In the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), scientists conduct research into the causes and consequences of far-reaching environmental changes. Their areas of study cover water resources, ecosystems of the future, environmental technologies and biotechnologies, the effects of chemicals in the environment, modelling and social-scientific issues. The UFZ employs more than 1,100 staff at its sites in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg. It is funded by the Federal Government, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Key Technologies; Matter; and Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With some 39,000 employees in 19 research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.
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