Sebastian Fiedler

Sebastian Fiedler

Postdoctoral researcher

University of Göttingen

I am a researcher in the Ecosystem Modelling department at the University of Göttingen in Germany. I am applying simulation modelling and empirical approaches to assist restoration of degraded ecosystems people rely on for their well-being.

  • Plant Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Simulation Modelling
  • Doctoral degree in Restoration Ecology, 2021

    Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

  • Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution & Nature Conservation, 2013

    University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2010

    University of Potsdam, Germany


Research assistant
Jul 2021 – Dec 2023 Göttingen, Germany
Project: Landscape-level assessment of ecological and socioeconomic functions in the Ecosystem Modelling department led by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wiegand
Research assistant
Apr 2020 – Dec 2020 Bayreuth, Germany
Ecological Modelling Group led by Prof. Dr. Michael Hauhs
Visiting Scholar
Jan 2020 – Mar 2020 Alicante, Spain
Collaborative work with Dryland Ecology and Global Change Lab led by Prof. Dr. Fernando Maestre (Scholarship funded by German Academic Exchange Service)
Visiting Scholar
Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 Berkeley, USA
Collaborative work with Dr. Jennifer Holm and Prof. Dr. Trevor Keenan (Scholarship funded by German Academic Exchange Service)
Visiting Scholar
Jul 2019 – Sep 2019 Rehovot, Israel
Collaborative work with Prof. Dr. José Grünzweig and Dr. Efrat Sheffer (Scholarship funded by University Alliance for Sustainability)
Visiting Scholar
Apr 2019 – May 2019 Ghent, Belgium
ERASMUS+ Staff Mobility for Teaching in the terrestrial ecology unit (Prof. Dr. Dries Bonte) Collaboration with Forest & Nature Lab (Dr. Michael Perring)
Research assistant
Aug 2014 – Jul 2021 Berlin, Germany
Project (since Feb 2016): Ecosystem services through restoration: Improving restoration outcomes through trait-based modelling in Theoretical Ecology Lab led by Prof. Dr. Britta Tietjen
Research assistant
Dec 2012 – Jul 2014 Potsdam, Germany
Project: Vegetation-based climate reconstruction for the Tibetan Plateau: integrating vegetation modelling and pollen data reanalyses in Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Lab led by Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch

Recent Publications

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(2024). Tree diversity reduces variability in sapling survival under drought. In Journal of Ecology.


(2024). Transformation scenarios towards multifunctional landscapes: A multi-criteria land-use allocation model applied to Jambi Province, Indonesia. In Journal of Environmental Management.

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(2024). Effects of plant diversity on productivity strengthen over time due to trait-dependent shifts in species overyielding. In Nature Communications.


(2024). Social learning to promote forest restoration in a semi-arid landscape in North Africa. In Environmental Development.


(2023). Scale-dependent landscape-biodiversity relationships shape multi-taxa diversity in an oil palm monoculture under restoration. In bioRxiv.

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