Dr. Ing. Karla Locher-Krause

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Environmental Politics

Thematic Area Ecosystems of the Future
Department of Conservation Biology & Social-Ecological Systems

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1636
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 1470


Karla Locher-Krause

Research Interests

  • Science-policy-society interface
  • Ecosystem services, biodiversity, and landscape ecology
  • Land use conflicts and tradeoffs between ecosystem services
  • Environmental and socio-economic aspects and their impacts on land use/cover management decisions at different scales
  • Sustainability transformations
  • Geographic information systems and remote sensing applied to environmental topics

Curriculum Vitae

since 2019

Post-doc Researcher, Department of Conservation Biology & Social-Ecological Systems / Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


Dr Ing, Geodesy and Geoinformation Institute, Agricultural Faculty, University of Bonn / Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


Research Associate, System and Flux Analysis under Climate Change unit, UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes of Resources UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany


Associate Researcher at the Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, EU funded Project EKLIPSE, Horizon 2020

2012 − 2016

Guest Scientist, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

2006 − 2011

Associate professor, Institute of Forest Management, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural resources, University Austral of Chile


MSc in Forest Resources, Universidad Austral de Chile / Visiting scholar, University of Göttingen, Germany

2005 − 2011

Lecturer on “Geographic information systems” (MEFO 254), undergraduate, University Austral of Chile


Forest Engineer, Universidad Austral de Chile


Graduate in Forest Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile


Wittmer, H., Berghöfer, A., Büttner, L., Chakrabarty, R., Förster, J., Khan, S., König, C., Krause, G., Kreuer, D., Locher-Krause, K.E., Moreno Soares, T., Munoz, M., Neumann, M., Renner, I., Rode, J., Schniewind, I., Schwarzer, D., Tröger, U., Zinngrebe, Y., Spiering, S. (2021): Es geht um unsere Lebensgrundlage: Wie wir jetzt handeln können, um die globalen Gemeingüter Biodiversität, Wälder und Meere für eine lebenswerte Zukunft zu erhalten UFZ-Bericht 2/2021. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ, Leipzig.

Berghöfer, A., Bisom, N., Huland, E., Koch, V., Kruse, J., Locher-Krause, K., Philipp, M., Renner, I., Thibault, K., Thiel, M., Tröger, U., van Zyl, H. (2021): Africa’s protected natural assets. The importance of conservation areas for prosperous and resilient societies in Africa Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) GmbH, Leipzig, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, 153 pp.

Jampani, M., Amerasinghe, P., Liedl, R., Locher-Krause, K. and Hülsmann, S., 2020. Multi-functionality and land use dynamics in a peri-urban environment influenced by wastewater irrigation. Sustainable Cities and Society, 62, p.102305.

Caucci, S., Zhang, L., Locher-Krause, K. and Hülsmann, S., 2020. 6 Sustainable development as the ultimate target of adopting a nexus approach to resources management. Sustainable Development and Resource Productivity: The Nexus Approaches.

Locher Krause, K.E., 2020. Spatio-temporal landscape transformations in Southern Chile and its implications on ecosystem services supply and beneficiaries.

Meletiou, A., Grace, M., Darbi, M., Pham, M., Locher-Krause, K. and Rueff, H., 2019. EU renewable energy policies, global biodiversity, and the UN SDGs: a report of the EKLIPSE project.

Hülsmann, S., Mannschatz, T. and Locher-Krause, K.E., 2018. Nexus Tools Platform: facilitating the selection of suitable nexus tools.

Cord, A.F., Bartkowski, B., Beckmann, M., Dittrich, A., Hermans-Neumann, K., Kaim, A., Lienhoop, N., Locher-Krause, K., Priess, J., Schröter-Schlaack, C. and Schwarz, N., 2017. Towards systematic analyses of ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: Main concepts, methods and the road ahead. Ecosystem services, 28, pp.264-272.

Locher-Krause, K.E., Lautenbach, S. and Volk, M., 2017. Spatio-temporal change of ecosystem services as a key to understanding natural resource utilization in Southern Chile. Regional Environmental Change, 17(8), pp.2477-2493.

Locher-Krause, K.E., Volk, M., Waske, B., Thonfeld, F. and Lautenbach, S., 2017. Expanding temporal resolution in landscape transformations: Insights from a Landsat-based case study in Southern Chile. Ecological Indicators, 75, pp.132-144.