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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

I strive to understand the dynamics of complex social-ecological systems under global change using dynamic modelling approaches. In particular, I focus on:
  • Uncovering regime shifts and tipping point dynamics in social-ecological systems
  • Analyzing the impact of policy instruments and new technologies on local land-use strategies (e.g. pasture use in drylands)
  • Emergence of polarization and poverty traps
My research has a strong methodological focus and I aim at advancing social-ecological systems modelling, in particular:
  • Better representing human decision-making in agent-based models
  • Developing model upscaling methods
  • Improving the usefulness of models to support policy and management
More information on the homepage of the research group POLISES – Policy Instruments and Socio-Environmental Systems under Global Change.

Current Projects

NamTip - Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems – A Namibian Perspective (03/2019-02/2023).
BESTMAP - Behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy (09/2019-08/2023).

Past 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).
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

since 03/2019 Postdoctoral researcher, BMBF-funded research project NamTip - Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems – A Namibian Perspective
04/2018 - 08/2018 Research stay at Stockholm Resilience Center.
04/2017 - 02/2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Junior Research Group 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

2022 (1)

2021 (4)

2020 (2)

2019 (2)

2017 (3)

2016 (1)

2014 (2)

2013 (1)

2012 (2)