Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1994
    Studied biology at the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1995
    Visiting scientist, Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 1995 – 2001
    Doctoral studies at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2002 – 2003
    Postdoc at University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2004 – 2007
    Independent Research Group Leader, Volkswagen Foundation Award: "Economic and ecological sustainability of pastoral land-use in Namibia", Botanical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

  • Since 2007
    Research Group Leader, "Range Ecology and Management", Botanical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2007 – 2009
    PostDoc in the interdisciplinary project "Impetus", Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2009
    PostDoc in the Special Research Unit "Difference and Integration", Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig (Germany)

  • 2010 – 2013
    PostDoc in the Research Group "Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Social-Ecological Systems of East- and South Africa's Savannas", Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, University of Bonn

  • Since 2011
    Senior Scientist in WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use), Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn

  • Since 2015
    Lecturer at the Botanical Institute, University of Cologne

Selected publications

  • Guuroh, R.T., Ruppert, J.C., Ferner, J., Čanak, K., Schmidtlein, S., Linstädter, A., 2018. Drivers of forage provision and erosion control in West African savannas – A macroecological perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 251, 257-267

  • Linstädter, A., Baumann, G., 2013. Abiotic and biotic recovery pathways of arid rangelands: lessons from the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco. CATENA 103, 3-15

  • Linstädter, A., Schellberg, J., Brüser, K., Oomen, R.J., Du Preez, C.C., Ruppert, J.C., Ewert, F., 2014. Are there consistent grazing indicators in drylands? Testing plant functional types of various complexity in South Africa's grassland and savanna biomes. PLOS ONE 9, e104672

  • Linstädter, A., Kuhn, A., Naumann, C., Rasch, S., Sandhage-Hofmann, A., Amelung, W., Jordaan, J., Du Preez, C.C., Bollig, M., 2016. Assessing the resilience of a real-world social-ecological system: Lessons from a multi-disciplinary evaluation of a South African pastoral system. Ecology and Society 21, 35, 10.5751/ES-08737-210335.

  • Ruppert, J.C., Harmoney, K., Henkin, Z. Snyman, H.A., Sternberg, M., Willms, W., Linstädter, A., 2014. Quantifying drylands' drought resistance and recovery: the importance of drought intensity, dominant life history and grazing regime. Global Change Biology,

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • LLL – Limpopo Living Landscapes

    WASCAL – West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

    GCEF – Global Change Experimental Facility

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Referee for the Volkswagen Foundation, funding program "Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa"

  • Speaker of the Working Group "Dryland Research" in the German Ecological Society (GfÖ)

  • Contributing member of the EPES-BIOCOM Global Dryland Database

  • Member of the DroughtNet Initiative (a global network to assess terrestrial ecosystem sensitivity to drought)

  • Partner of the "Global Change Experimental Facility" (GCEF), Bad Lauchstädt, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UfZ) Leipzig/Halle (Germany)

Media coverage

  • Press releases 2014:

  • "Climate Change in Drylands -Ecologists from the University of Cologne are Analyzing Vegetation Stability during and after Droughts" (Press release of the University of Cologne, 19 November 2014)


  • "Socio-economic change more of a problem for nomads than climate change – Study on the impacts on livestock farming in arid regions" (Press release of the Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research, UFZ Leipzig, from 15 July 2014)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Training in academic leadership skills (2013)

  • Parental leaves (2000, 2003, 2010)

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 3 children


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