Anna Cord

Dr. Anna Cord

Head of working group
"Biodiversity and Ecosystem services" 

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Computational Landscape Ecology
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 341 235 1070
Fax: +49 (0) 341 235 1939

Research interests

  • Impact of land use on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Multifunctionality of landscapes
  • Spatial modeling of species distributions and ecosystem services
  • Potential of remote sensing data for biodiversity and ecosystem research

since 2012





Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology: Working group leader

University of Würzburg, Department of Remote Sensing in cooperation with the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR): PhD student and scientific assistant, Thesis title: "Potential of multi-temporal remote sensing data for modeling tree species distributions and species richness in Mexico"

Studies of Geography at the University of Würzburg (Specialization: Remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems)

Semester abroad at the University of Umeå (Sweden)

Studies of Biology at the University of Würzburg (Subjects: Vegetation ecology, Animal ecology and tropical biology, Molecular plant physiology, Thesis title: "Classifying land cover using FAO-LCCS standards in a tree savannah of Burkina Faso with ASTER and IKONOS Data"


2020 / in press

Dittrich, A., Roilo, S., Sonnenschein, R., Cerrato, C., Ewald, M., Viterbi, R., Cord, A.F. (2020): Modelling distributions of rove beetles in mountainous areas using remote sensing data, Remote Sensing, 12, 80. Link


Hölting, L., Jacobs, S., Felipe-Lucis, M., Maes, J., Norsträm, A.V., Plieninger, T, Cord, A.F. (2019): Measuring ecosystem multifunctionality across scales, Environmental Research Letters, 14, 124083. Link

Strauch, M., Cord, A.F., Pätzold, C., Lautenbach, S., Kaim, A., Schweitzer, C., Seppelt, R, Volk, M. (2019): Constraints in multi-objective optimization of land use allocation – Repair or penalize? Environmental Modelling & Software, 118, 241-251. Link

Karner, K., Cord, A.F., Hagemann, N., Holzkämper, A., Jeangros, B., Lienhoop, N., Nitsch, H., Rivas, D., Schmid, E., Schulp, C.J.E., Strauch, M., van der Zanden, E.H., Volk, M., Willaarts, B., Zarineh, N., Schönhart, M. (2019): Developing stakeholder-driven scenarios on land sharing and land sparing - insights from five European case studies. Journal of Environmental Management, 241, 488-500. Link

Hölting, L., Beckmann, M., Volk, M., Cord, A.F. (2019): Multifunctionality assessments – More than assessing multiple ecosystem functions and services? A quantitative literature review. Ecological Indicators, 103, 226-235.

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Adamo, S.A., Anderson, C.B., Anderson, C., Allington, G.R., Bagstad, K.J., Coe, M.T., Cord, A.F., Dee, L.E., Gould, R.K., Jain, M., Kowal, V.A., Muller-Karger, F., Norriss, J., Potapov, P., Qiu, J., Rieb, J.T., Robinson, R.E., Samberg, L.H., Singh, N., Szeto, S.H., Voigt, B., Watson, K., Wright, T.M. (2019). Reimagining the potential of Earth Observations for ecosystem service assessment. Science of the Total Environment, 665, 1053-1063. Link

Gobeyn, S., Mouton, A.M., Cord, A.F., Kain, A., Volk, M., Goethals, P.L.M. (2019). Evolutionary algorithms for species distribution modelling: A review in the context of machine learning. Ecological Modelling, 392, 179-195 Link


Pasetto, D., Arenas-Castro, S., Bustamante, J., Casagrandi, R., Chrysoulakis, N., Cord, A. F., Dittrich, A., Domingo, C., El Serafy, G., Karnieli, A., Kordelas, G., Manakos, I., Mari, L., Monteiro, A., Palazzi, E., Poursanidis, D., Rinaldo, A., Terzago, S., Ziemba, A., Ziv, G. (2018). Integration of satellite remote sensing data in ecosystem modelling at local scales: practices and trends. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(8), 1810-1821. Link

Ziv, G., Hassall, C., Bartkowski, B., Cord, A.F., Kaim, A., Kalamandeen, M., Landaverde-González, P., Melo, J.L.B., Seppelt, R., Shannon, C., Václavík, T., Zoderer, B.A.,Beckmann, M. (2018): A bird’s eye view over ecosystem services in Natura 2000 sites across Europe. Ecosystem Services, 30, 287-298. Link

Kaim, A., Cord, A. F., Volk, M. (2018): A review of multi-criteria optimization techniques for agricultural land use allocation. Environmental Modelling & Software, 105, 79-93. Link


Hofmann, S., Everaars, J., Schweiger, O., Frenzel, M., Bannehr, L., Cord, A.F. (2017): Modelling patterns of pollinator species richness and diversity using satellite image texture. PLoS ONE, 12(10), e0185591. Link

Dittrich, A., Seppelt, R., Václavík, T., Cord, A.F. (2017): Integrating ecosystem service bundles and socio-environmental conditions – A national scale analysis from Germany. Ecosystem Services, 28, 273-282. Link

Cord, A.F., Bartkowski, B., Beckmann, M., Dittrich, A., Hermans-Neumann, K., Kaim, A., Lienhoop, N., Locher-Krause, K., Priess, J., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Schwarz, N., Seppelt, R., Strauch, M., Václavík, T., Volk, M. (2017): Towards systematic analyses of ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: Main concepts, methods and the road ahead. Ecosystem Services, 28, 264-272. Link

Geijzendorffer, I.R., Cohen-Shacham, E., Cord, A.F., Cramer, W., Guerra, C., Martín-López, B. (2017). Ecosystem services in global sustainability policies. Environmental Science and Policy, 74, 40-48. Link

Cord, A.F., Brauman, K.A., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Huth, A., Ziv, G., Seppelt, R. (2017). Priorities to advance monitoring of ecosystem services using Earth observation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(6), 416-428. Link

Václavík, T., Beckmann, M., Cord, A.F., Bindewald, A.M. (2017). Effects of UV-B radiation on leaf hair traits of invasive plants - Combining historical herbarium records with novel remote sensing data. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175671. Link 

Dittrich, A., von Wehrden, H., Abson, D.A., Bartkowski, B., Cord, A.F., Fust, P., Hoyer, C., Kambach, S., Meyer, M.A., Radzevičiūtė, R., Nieto-Romero, M., Seppelt, R., Beckmann, M. (2017). Mapping and analysing historical indicators of ecosystem services in Germany. Ecological Indicators, 75, 101-110. Link


Dawson, M.N., Axmacher, J.C., Beierkuhnlein, C., Blois, J., Bradley, B.A., Cord, A.F., Dengler, J., He, K.S., Heaney, L.R., Jansson, R., Mahecha, M.D., Myers, C., Nogués-Bravo, D., Papadopoulou, A., Reu, B., Rodríguez-Sánchez, F., Steinbauer, M.J., Stigall, A., Tuanmu, M.-N., Gavin, D.G. (2016). A second horizon scan of biogeography: Golden ages, Midas touches, and the red queen. Frontiers of Biogeography, 8(4), e29770. Link

Lausch, A., Bannehr, L., Beckmann, M., Boehm, C., Feilhauer, H., Hacker, J.M., Heurich, M., Jung, A., Klenke, R., Neumann, C., Pause, M., Rocchini, D., Schaepman, M.E., Schmidtlein, S., Schulz, K., Selsam, P., Settele, J., Skidmore, A.K., Cord, A.F. (2016). Linking Earth Observation and taxonomic, structural and functional biodiversity: Local to ecosystem perspectives. Ecological Indicators, 70, 317-339. Link

Rödder, D., Nekum, S., Cord, A.F. & Engler, J.O. (2016). Coupling satellite data with species distribution and connectivity models as a tool for environmental management and planning in matrix-sensitive species. Environmental Management, 58, 130-143. Link

Seppelt, R., Beckmann, M., Ceauşu, S., Cord, A.F., Gerstner, K., Gurevitch, J., Kambach, S., Klotz, S., Mendenhall, C., Phillips, H.R.P., Kristin Powell, Verburg, P.H., Verhagen, W., Winter, M. & Newbold, T. (2016). Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and productivity in the context of increasing demands on landscapes. BioScience, 66 (10), 890-896. Link

Karger, D.N., Cord, A.F., Kessler, M., Kreft, H., Kühn, I., Pompe, S., Sandel, B., Sarmento Cabral, J., Smith, A.B., Svenning, J.-C., Tuomisto, H., Weigelt, P., Wesche, K. (2016). Delineating probabilistic species pools in ecology and biogeography. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(4), 489-501. Link


He, K.S., Bradley, B.A., Cord, A.F., Rocchini, D., Tuanmu, M.-N., Schmidtlein, S., Turner, W., Wegmann, M. & Pettorelli, N. (2015). Will remote sensing shape the next generation of species distribution models? Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 1(1), 4-18. Link

Cord, A.F., Roeßiger, F. & Schwarz, N. (2015). Geocaching data as an indicator for recreational ecosystem services in urban areas: Exploring spatial gradients, preferences and motivations. Landscape and Urban Planning, 144, 151-162. Link

Cord, A.F., Seppelt, R. & Turner, W. (2015). Sustainable development goals: Monitor ecosystem services from space. Nature, 525, 33. Link


von Wehrden, H., Abson, D.J., Beckmann, M., Cord, A.F., Klotz, S. & Seppelt, R. (2014). Realigning the land-sharing/land-sparing debate to match conservation needs: considering diversity scales and land-use history. Landscape Ecology, 29(6), 941-948. Link

Beckmann, M., Václavík, T., Manceur, A.M., Šprtová, L., von Wehrden, H., Welk, E. & Cord, A.F. (2014). glUV: A global UV-B radiation dataset for macroecological studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5(4), 372-383. Link

Cord, A.F., Klein, D., Mora, F. & Dech, S. (2014). Comparing the suitability of classified land cover data and remote sensing variables for modeling distribution patterns of plants, Ecological Modelling, 272, 129-140. Link

Cord, A.F., Klein, D., Gernandt, D.S., Pérez de la Rosa, J.A. & Dech, S. (2014). Remote sensing data can improve predictions of species richness by stacked species distribution models: a case study for Mexican pines, Journal of Biogeography, 41(4), 736-748. Link

2010 - 2013

Cord, A.F., Meentemeyer, R.K., Leitão, P.J. & Václavík, T. (2013). Modelling species distributions with remote sensing data: bridging disciplinary perspectives, Journal of Biogeography, 40(12), 2226-2227. Link

Cord, A. & Rödder, D. (2011). Inclusion of habitat availability in species distribution models through multi-temporal remote sensing data?. Ecological Applications, 21(8), 3285-3298. Link

Hüttich, C., Herold, M., Wegmann, M., Cord, A., Strohbach, B., Schmullius, C. & Dech, S. (2011). Assessing effects of temporal compositing and varying observation periods for large-area land-cover mapping in semi-arid ecosystems: Implications for global monitoring. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115(10), 2445-2459. Link

Cord, A., Conrad, C., Schmidt, M. & Dech, S. (2010). Standardized FAO-LCCS land cover mapping in heterogeneous tree savannas of West Africa. Journal of Arid Environments, 74(9), 1083-1091. Link

Wilting, A., Cord, A., Hearn, A., Hesse, D., Mohamed, A., Traeholdt, C., Cheyne, S.M., Sunarto, S., Jayasilan, M.-A., Ross, J., Shapiro, A.C., Sebastian, A., Dech, S., Breitenmoser, C., Sanderson, J., Duckworth, J.W. & Hofer, H. (2010). Modelling the species distribution of flat-headed cats (Prionailurus planiceps), an endangered South-East Asian small felid. PLoS ONE, 5(3): e9612. Link