SUFONAMA academic staff at University of Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer

My name is Christian Ammer and I am Professor for Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.

I mainly teach courses on forest ecosystem dynamics and management.

For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the module:

M.FES.700: Forest management under different climatic conditions

Link to Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer's website


Prof. Dr. Niko Balkenhol

My name is Niko Balkenhol and I am Professor of Wildlife Management at the Department of Forest Zoology and Forest Conservation, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August University Göttingen, Germany.


My research areas are spatial & molecular ecology of wildlife, especially movement ecology and landscape genetics.

Specifically, I am interested in the causes and consequences of animal movements in heterogeneous environments, and in using our understanding of movement behavior to manage wildlife populations.


I mainly teach courses in wildlife ecology, conservation and management.


For our SUFONAMA students I am teaching the module:

M.FES.721: Ecological functions of wildlife: implications for conservation and management

Link to Prof. Balkenhol's website


Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn

My name is Christoph Kleinn and I am the Professor of Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August University Göttingen, Germany.


I teach courses in various fields related to forest monitoring and remote sensing, and that includes surveying, forest mensuration, sampling techniques for forest inventory, introduction to remote sensing and remote sensing applications to forest monitoring.

All these fields of “data and information procurement for forest management and forest policy” are quantitatively oriented and do currently receive much attention globally in particular in the context of the conventions on climate change and on biodiversity. It is our goal to equip our SUFONAMA students with a sound knowledge and skills base.


For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the modules:

- M.FES.313: Monitoring of forest resources

- M.FES.719: Remote sensing image processing with open source software (together with Dr. Hans Fuchs)


My research focus is on large area forest monitoring, and that includes sampling techniques and plot design and the link to remote sensing integration. Most of our research projects are in the tropics and we have excellent networks to many partner universities. We are interested in quantifying forest biomass and carbon, but also indicators of forest structure and biodiversity, where our interest does extend to all tree resources in forested landscapes, including also the tree resource outside the forest.


Link to Prof. Kleinn's website


Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl

My name is Alexander Knohl and I am the Professor of Bioclimatology at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg‑August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

I teach courses related to climatology and forest ecosystem functioning.


In SUFONAMA I teach the modules:

- M.FES.712: Bioclimatology and global change

- M.SUFONAMA.4: Research planning

- M.SUFONAMA.5: Forest research project


My research areas focus on the interaction of forest ecosystems and atmosphere. Specifically, I aim to understand the ecophysiology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and to investigate how they respond to a changing environment and to land-use management using field and laboratory measurements and models.


Link to Prof. Knohl's website


Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft

I mainly teach courses on biodiversity and forest ecology.


In SUFONAMA I teach the module

M.FES.124: Modern concepts and methods in macroecology and biogeography


My research focuses on broad-scale ecological and biogeographic patterns with a particular focus on plants in order to document general trends in the spatial distribution of biodiversity, to better understand the underlying processes and to develop knowledge, theory, and tools for applied questions in conservation. This research is integrative and interdisciplinary at the interface between macroecology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and bioinformatics.


Link to Prof. Kreft's website


Dr. Irina Kuzyakova

I mainly teach courses on biometric data analysis in our Bachelor's and Master's programmes, particularly in the SUFONAMA module

  • M.FES.323: Biometrical research methods.

Link to Dr. Kuzyakova’s website


Dr. Katharina Budde

I am a biologist working in tree population genetics and genomics of temperate, Mediterranean and tropical tree species. I am mainly involved in teaching courses in forest genetics.

For our SUFONAMA students I coordinate the module

  • M.FES.730 (SUF): Forestry in Germany

More information about the Section Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at Göttingen University

Link to Dr. Budde’s website


Prof. Dr. Carola Paul

My name is Carola Paul and I am Professor of Forest Economics and Sustainable Land-use Planning at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

I am the scientific coordinator for the Master program SUFONAMA. For our SUFONAMA students I am involved in teaching the modules

  • M.FES.312: International forest policy and economics
  • M.FES.322: Project planning and evaluation
  • M.SUFONAMA.1: Contemporary temperate forest and nature management: climate change and management strategies
  • M.SUFONAMA.2: Location specific knowledge and field work in temporary forest and nature management
  • M.SUFONAMA.3: Joint Summer Module

Link to Prof. Dr. Paul’s website