Sebastian Fiedler

Sebastian Fiedler

PhD student

Freie Universität Berlin

I am a doctoral student in the Theoretical Ecology group at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, I am applying simulation modelling and empirical approaches to assist restoration of degraded ecosystems people and animals rely on for their well-being.


  • Botany
  • Plant Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Simulation Modelling


  • 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

University of Göttingen

Jul 2021 – Present Göttingen, Germany

Research assistant

University of Bayreuth

Apr 2020 – Dec 2020 Bayreuth, Germany
Teaching at Ecological Modelling Group led by Prof. Dr. Michael Hauhs

Visiting Scholar

University of Alicante

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

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Ghent University

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

Freie Universtät Berlin

Aug 2014 – Present 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

University of Potsdam

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



Landscape-level assessment of ecological and socioeconomic functions

Assessing how to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning while serving human needs (socio-economic functions) of rainforest transformation systems in Sumatra (Indonesia).

Ecosystem services through restoration

Assessing the linkage between plant traits and the provision of ecosystem services under the impact of environmental change to improve restoration in Mediterranean-type ecosystems.

Vegetation-based climate reconstruction for the Tibetan Plateau

Assessing the role of past climate change and human impact on the shift in alpine vegetation of the Tibetan Plateau.

Recent Publications

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Global change shifts trade-offs among ecosystem functions in woodlands restored for multifunctionality
Disentangling climatic and anthropogenic contributions to nonlinear dynamics of alpine grassland productivity on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Metamodels for Evaluating, Calibrating and Applying Agent-Based Models: A Review