Short CV/Education and training

  • 1971
    Year of birth

  • 1982 – 1991
    Classical humanities grammar school (gymnasium), Bielefeld, Germany

  • 1991 – 1992
    Studied anthropology at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, USA

  • 1992 – 1997
    Studied biology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1997 – 1999
    Graduate studies in the theory of science, sociology

  • 1999 – 2001
    Doctorate in experimental ecology and ecosystem biology from Bielefeld University

  • 2001 – 2004
    Postdoc at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

  • 2004 – 2009
    Junior professor of disturbance ecology and vegetation dynamics, University of Bayreuth and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

  • Since 2009
    Professor of geoecology / physical geography, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Professor of disturbance ecology, University of Bayreuth and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig

Selected publications

  • Jentsch, A., Beierkuhnlein, C.: Simulating the future – responses of ecosystems, key species and European provenances to expected climatic trends and events. In special issue: Continents under Climate Change. Nova Acta Leopoldina 112, 2010. pp. 89-98.

  • Jentsch, A. et al.: Beyond gradual warming – extreme weather events alter flower phenology of European grassland and heath species. In: Global Change Biology 15, 2009. pp. 837-849.

  • Jentsch, A. et al.: Assessing conservation actions for substitution of missing dynamics on former military training areas in central Europe. In: Restoration Ecology 17, 2009. pp. 107-116.

  • Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Beierkuhnlein, C.: A new generation of climate change experiments: events not trends. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(6), 2007. pp. 315-324.

  • White, P.S., Jentsch, A.: The search for generality in studies of disturbance and ecosystem dynamics. In: Progress in Botany 63, 2001. pp. 399-449.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Effects of extreme weather events (drought, heavy rains, freezing) on organisms, biotic interactions and ecosystem functions – the EVENT Experiments

  • Effects of climate change on fauna, flora and habitats as well as the adaptation strategies of nature conservation

  • Consequences of more extreme precipitation regimes and interacting land use practices for productivity and diversity of temperate grassland

  • Events hidden in winter warming – effects of recurrent freeze-thaw cycles on plant performance in the temperate zone

  • Effects of disturbance on biodiversity at Grafenwöhr Training Area versus Fichtelgebirge cultural landscape, Germany

  • Effects of climate on ecosystems and climatic adaptation strategies (FORKAST)

  • The significance of disturbances for the emergence, maintenance and loss of biodiversity

  • Changes in land use and biodiversity of cultural landscapes

  • Natural hazards, fire ecology and natural disaster research

  • System dynamics of open sand habitats – disturbances, establishment, pattern formation


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