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Dr. Gunnar Dreßler


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building 1.0, Room 203

Tel.: +49 341 235-1707
Fax: +49 341 235-451707

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.


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