Birgit Müller


Head of Junior Research Group POLISES

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building 1, room 2.04

Tel.: +49 341 235-1708
Fax: +49 341 235-3500    

Birgit Müller

Research Interests

Use of process-based models for an enhanced understanding and governance of social-ecological systems under global change:

  1. Exploring dynamics of social-ecological resource systems under uncertainty
  2. Effects of policy instruments for global food security and for coping with climate risk (such as weather insurances) on social-ecological systems (SES)
  3. Adequate representation of human decisions in agent-based models for natural resource use Journal Club
  4. Potential of SES models as tool of thinking and tool for communication in inter- and transdisciplinary research    

Current Projects

Finished Projects


Latest Publications:

  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • John, F., Toth, R., Frank, K., Groeneveld, J., Müller, B., (2019):
    Ecological vulnerability through insurance? Potential unintended consequences of livestock drought insurance
    Ecol. Econ. 157 , 357 - 368
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  • Klein, J.A., Tucker, C.M., Nolin, A.W., Hopping, K.A., Reid, R.S., Steger, C., Grêt‐Regamey, A., Lavorel, S., Müller, B., Yeh, E.T., Boone, R.B., Bougeron, P., Bustic, V., Castellanos, E., Chen, X., Dong, S.K., Greenwood, G., Keiler, M., Marchant, R., Seidl, R., Spies, T., Thorn, J., Yager, K., (2019):
    Catalyzing transformations to sustainability in the world's mountains
    Earth Future 7 (5), 547 - 557
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  • Klein, J.A., Tucker, C.M., Steger, C.E., Nolin, A., Reid, R., Hopping, K.A., Yeh, E.T., Pradhan, M.S., Taber, A., Molden, D., Ghate, R., Choudhury, D., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Lavorel, S., Müller, B., Grêt-Regamey, A., Boone, R.B., Bourgeron, P., Castellanos, E., Chen, X., Dong, S., Keiler, M., Seidl, R., Thorn, J., Yager, K., (2019):
    An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems
    Environ. Sci. Policy 94 , 143 - 152
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  • Schlüter, M., Müller, B., Frank, K., (2019):
    The potential of models and modeling for social-ecological systems research: the reference frame ModSES
    Ecol. Soc. 24 (1), art. 31
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  • Weise, H., Auge, H., Baessler, C., Bärlund, I., Bennett, E.M., Berger, U., Bohn, F., Bonn, A., Borchardt, D., Brand, F., Chatzinotas, A., Corstanje, R., De Laender, F., Dietrich, P., Dunker, S., Durka, W., Fazey, I., Groeneveld, J., Guilbaud, C.S.E., Harms, H., Harpole, S., Harris, J.A., Jax, K., Jeltsch, F., Johst, K., Joshi, J., Klotz, S., Kühn, I., Kuhlicke, C., Müller, B., Radchuk, V., Reuter, H., Rinke, K., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Seppelt, R., Singer, A.S., Standish, R.J., Thulke, H.-H., Tietjen, B., Weitere, M., Wirth, C., Wolf, C., Grimm, V., (2019):
    Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem services across three different time horizons and decision contexts [bioRxiv,]
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  • Huber, R., Bakker, M., Balmann, A., Berger, T., Bithell, M., Brown, C., Grêt-Regamey, A., Xiong, H., Le, Q.B., Mack, G., Meyfroidt, P., Millington, J., Müller, B., Polhill, J.G., Sun, Z., Seidl, R., Troost, C., Finger, R., (2018):
    Representation of decision-making in European agricultural agentbased models
    Agric. Syst. 167 , 143 - 160
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