Professor for Conservation Biology

Universidad Industrial de Santander

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Research Interest

Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functions & Services, Global Change, Remote Sensing, Ecosystem Management & Conservation, Sustainability


Degree Institution Year
Ph.D in Natural Science  University of Bonn 2011
B.Sc. in Geoecology Bayreuth University 2006


Course Institution Material
Basic and Applied data analysis using R Universidad Industrial de Santander (2016)  
Conservation Biology (Undergraduate) Universidad Industrial de Santander (Actual)  
Conservation Biology (Postgraduate) Universidad Industrial de Santander (Actual)  
 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning  Leipzig University (2015)  
 Plant geography and vegetation ecology  Leipzig University (2015)  

Latest Publications

  • R. Richter, B. Reu, C. Wirth, D. Doktor, M. Vohland (2016) The use of airborne hyperspectral data for tree species classification in a species-rich Central European forest area. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 52, 464–474.
  • D.M. Marra, N. Higuchi, S. Trumbore, J. Santos, G. Ribeiro, A. Lima, V. Carneiro, J. Chambers, R. Negron-Juarez, F. Holzwarth, B. Reu, C. Wirth (2016) Predicting biomass of hyper-diverse and structurally complex Central Amazon forests – a virtual forest approach using extensive field data. Biogeosciences, 13 (5), 1553-1570.
  • M. Liebergesell, B. Reu,  U. Stahl,   M.Freiberg, E. Welk, J. Kattge, J.H.C. Cornelissen, J. Peñuelas,C. Wirth (2016) Functional Resilience against Climate-Driven Extinctions – Comparing the Functional Diversity of European and North American Tree Floras, PLOS ONE, 11(2): e0148607.
  • S. Díaz, J. Kattge, J.H. C. Cornelissen, I.J. Wright, S. Lavorel, S. Dray, B. Reu, M. Kleyer, C. Wirth,    I.C. Prentice, E. Garnier, G. Bönisch, M. Westoby, H. Poorter, P.B. Reich, A.T. Moles, J. Dickie,    A.N. Gillison, A.E. Zanne, J. Chave, S.J. Wright,    S.N. Sheremet’ev, H. Jactel, C. Baraloto, B. Cerabolini, S. Pierce, B. Shipley, D. Kirkup, F. Casanoves, J. S. Joswig, A. Günther, V. Falczuk, N. Rüger, M.D. Mahecha, L.D. Gorné (2015) The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature 529, 167–171.
  • J.A. Ramirez, J.M. Posada, T. Handa, G. Hoch, M. Vohland, C. Messier, B. Reu (2015) Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) predicts non-structural carbohydrate concentrations in different tissue types of a broad range of tree species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 1018–1025.
  • U. Stahl, B. Reu, C. Wirth (2014) Predicting species’ range limits from functional traits for the tree flora of North America. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science of America (PNAS), 111 (38), 13739-13744.
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