Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler
Professor for Biogeography, Leader of Senckenberg 'Data and Modelling Centre', Head of Research Group 'Biogeography and Ecosystem Ecology', 'Quantitative Biogeography', Speaker of GRADE Sustain (Goethe Graduate Academy)

My main research interest is to understand the distribution of life on earth (e.g. species, biodiversity, vegetation types, ecosystems) through space and time. I am particularly interested in interactions between climate and the terrestrial biosphere. This includes potential impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems and associated ecosystem services, as well as the role of the biosphere in the earth climate system (e.g. carbon and water cycling). Methodologically, vegetation and ecosystem modelling at local to global scales has been at the core of my work.

Examples of current projects:

Examples of environmental impact assessments:

BSc. and MSc. topics (‚Abschlussarbeiten‘)

For international publications and peer-reviewed published papers, see my profile on Google Scholar or my Web of Science Researcher ID S-6287-2016

For further publications, e.g. IPBES assessments, see Further publications (pdf)

Dr. Claus Weiland
Scientific Programmer, Co-lead of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: high performance computing, computational biology (currently on leave for DiSSCo project)

Research interests
• Metadata applications describing biological/biodiversity data 
• Integrative models using this data 
• High-performance computing in context of computational biology   

Short CV
2005 – 2010 Software developer, Senckenberg Library & HRZ Goethe University
2004 Dr.phil.nat, J.W.Goethe University Frankfurt
1998 – 2002 Research Assistant at Dept. Of Cell Biology & Neu-roscience JWG
1997 Diploma in Biology, J.W.Goethe University Frankfurt

Selected Publications
Weiland, C. Über Zeitverarbeitung in der MSO. Modellierung der neuronalen Prozesse in der Medialen Superioren Olive. PhD thesis Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt 2004

Weiland, C. A Multi-Threaded Solver for Auditory Computations in the MSO. Proceedings  of the First Congress of Alps Adria Acoustics Association, pp. 607-610, Portoroz 2003.

Weiland, C. A Network Model for the Functional Architecture of the Mammalian Medial Superior Olivary Nucleus. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 105, 1999.

Dr. Dan Warren
Researcher, Head of Senior Scientist Group 'Computational Population biology', Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: biostatistics and ecological modelling

Research interests

I have broad interests in evolution, ecology, conservation, and animal behavior.  My primary research program focuses on the evolution of species‘ environmental tolerances and spatial distributions, with frequent detours into conservation-oriented empirical studies.  I also maintain active research programs in phylogenetic methods and theory, as well as the neuroecology of marine fishes.  My work includes both basic and applied research, with a particular focus on developing quantitative methods.  I am an author of several popular software packages for conducting evolutionary and ecological analyses, including Converge, AWTY, ENMTools, and RWTY.  In my spare time I compose music for nature documentaries.

I teach technical courses in R on a volunteer or consulting basis for Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, Transmitting Science, and PR Statistics.

External Links

List of publications on Google Scholar

List of publications on Researcher ID

List of publications on Scopus

Researcher profile on Orcid


Warren DL, Matzke NJ, Iglesias TL. 2020. Evaluating presence‐only species distribution models with discrimination accuracy is uninformative for many applications. Journal of biogeography 47: 167–180.

Feurdean A, Vanniere B, Finsinger W, Warren D, Connor SC, Forrest M, Liakka J, Panait A, Werner C, Andric M, Bobek P, Carter VA, Davis B, Diaconu A-C, Dietze E, Feeser I, Florescu G, Galka M, Giesecke T, Jahns S, Jamrichova E, Kajukalo K, Kaplan J, Karpinska-Kolaczek M, Kolaczek P, Kunes P, Kupriyanov D, Lamentowicz M, Lemmen C, Magyari EK, Marcisz K, Marinova E, Niamir A, Novenko E, Obremska M, Pedziszewska A, Pfeiffer M, Poska A, Roesch M, Slowinski M, Stancikaite M, Szal M, Swieta-Musznicka J, Tantau I, Theuerkauf M, Tonkov S, Valko O, Vassiljev J, Veski S, Vincze I, et al. 2020. Fire hazard modulation by long-term dynamics in land cover and dominant forest type in eastern and central Europe. Biogeosciences  17: 18.

Feurdean A, Tonkov S, Pfeiffer M, Panait A, Warren D, Vannière B, Marinova E. 2019. Fire frequency and intensity associated with functional traits of dominant forest type in the Balkans during the Holocene. European journal of forest research 138: 1049–1066.

Hertel AG, Leclerc M, Warren D, Pelletier F, Zedrosser A, Mueller T. 2019. Don’t poke the bear: using tracking data to quantify behavioural syndromes in elusive wildlife. Animal behaviour 147: 91–104.

Saeedi H, Costello MJ, Warren D, Brandt A. 2019. Latitudinal and bathymetrical species richness patterns in the NW Pacific and adjacent Arctic Ocean. Scientific reports 9: 9303.

Smith AB, Godsoe W, Rodríguez-Sánchez F, Wang H-H, Warren D. 2019. Niche Estimation Above and Below the Species Level. Trends in ecology & evolution 34: 260–273.

Warren DL, Matzke NJ, Cardillo M, Baumgartner J, Beaumont L, Huron N, Simões M, Iglesias T, Dinnage R. 2019. danlwarren/ENMTools: Initial beta release. Zenodo. doi: 10.5281/ZENODO.3268814.

Warren DL, Beaumont LJ, Dinnage R, Baumgartner JB. 2019. New methods for measuring ENM breadth and overlap in environmental space. Ecography 42: 444–446 doi: 10.1111/ecog.03900.

Iglesias TL, Dornburg A, Warren DL, Wainwright PC, Schmitz L, Economo EP. 2018. Eyes Wide Shut: the impact of dim-light vision on neural investment in marine teleosts. Journal of evolutionary biology 31: 1082–1092.

Dr. Aidin Niamir
Researcher, Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: Science-Policy, Earth Observation and Geoinformatics (currently 50% on leave for leading the IPBES technical support unit on knowledge and data)

Research interests
Fascinated by diversity and dynamics of life on Earth, my current work mainly focuses on spatiotemporal predictive distribution models, application of earth observation in biodiversity and ecosystem studies, and open geo-information tools for to support science-policy interactions. I am interested to understand global patterns of life and the associated underlying drivers. I, therefore, extensively develop spatio-temporal models and improve their performance and reliability in particular applications.

Main Projects

IPBES, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. IPBES mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. For more information visit
GEOEssential, Variables Workflows for Resource Efficiency and Environmental Management, is one of the four ERA-Planet projects, supported by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. GEOEssential aims to strengthen the European Research Area by evaluating existing structures and platforms, and by providing new applications in the field of Earth Observation (EO) to monitor the progresses in environmental conditions towards policy targets. It will create cross-thematic workflows to evaluate, predict and monitor natural resources with Earth Observation tools, in particular in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), IPBES, and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Our institute leads the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning work package. In close collaboration with other institutes, this work package will map the relevant data landscape and institutions, develop specific workflows for indicators, evaluate the application of EO products to inform dynamic models, review the exiting policy and reporting needs, and finally transfer the annotated processing services and workflows for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services to the GEOEssential project dashboard. For more information visit

External Links

List of my publications on Google Scholar
Follow me on Twitter @AidinNiamir

Ellen Guimares
Researcher, Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: IPBES technical support unit
Mitarbeiter Foto Joy Kumagai
Joy Kumagai
Researcher, Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: IPBES technical support unit
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Winter
Developer of scientific databases and web applications, Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: database and web programming
M.Sc.  Anke Penzlin
Data curator and developer of scientific databases, Member of 'Data and Modelling Centre', Responsibilities: GFBio

Assoziierte Wissenschaftler*innen

Dr. Hanieh Saeedi
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Biodiversity Information Coordinator (Marine Zoology, SGN Frankfurt)

Datenmanager Ozean-Biogeographisches Informationssystem (OBIS), Tiefseeknoten, UNESCO

Vorsitz: Data Quality Control Task Team, OBIS


Ich bin daran interessiert, die treibenden Faktoren (ökologischer und evolutionärer Prozess) zu verstehen, die die Muster der biologischen Vielfalt und die Biogeographie in marinen Arten (Flach- und Tiefsee) mit Hilfe großer Datenmengen formen. Darüber hinaus bin ich daran interessiert, vorherzusagen, wie sich diese Muster der biologischen Vielfalt und die Verbreitungsgebiete der Arten unter dem künftigen Klimawandel verändern werden. Ich bin auch der Datenmanager für OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) Tiefseeknotenpunkte bei der UNESCO, spezialisiert auf die Verwaltung großer Datensätze, Biodiversitäts-Datenstandards und Qualitätskontrollaufgaben. Zur Durchführung meiner Forschung verwende ich verschiedene Fertigkeiten und wende verschiedene Methoden und Techniken an, wie z.B. Taxonomie (Morphologie und Molekularbiologie), Phylogenie, Biogeographie, Verwaltung großer Datenmengen, Biodiversitätsinformatik, Makroökologie sowie Modellierung der Artenverteilung und ökologische Modellierung.

Gegenwärtig leite ich Projekte in den Bereichen Digitalisierung von Museumssammlungen, Biogeographie, Biodiversitätsinformatik unter Verwendung von Großdaten auf regionaler (z.B. NW-Pazifik) und globaler Ebene. Ich arbeite auch für wissenschaftspolitische zwischenstaatliche Gremien wie IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), um grundlegende Informationen für Biodiversitäts-Bewertungsberichte als Reaktion auf politische Entscheidungsträger bereitzustellen, um den globalen Status der biologischen Vielfalt in den Weltmeeren besser zu verstehen und folglich effizientere strategische Managementpläne zur Erhaltung der biologischen Vielfalt der Ozeane aufzustellen.

Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte

– Biogeographie der Tiefseefauna des NW-Pazifiks und ihre möglichen zukünftigen Invasionen in den Arktischen Ozean (Benefizprojekt)       

– Abschätzung der zukünftigen globalen Verlagerungsmuster von Flachwasser- und Tiefsee-Krebsen

– Biodiversität und Biogeographie der Muscheln entlang des NW-Pazifiks und des Arktischen Ozeans

– Biodiversität und zukünftige Verteilung von Korallen entlang des NW-Pazifiks und des Arktischen Ozeans

– Biogeographie des marinen Artenreichtums und Auswirkungen des Klimawandels

– IPBES thematische Bewertung von invasiven gebietsfremden Arten und deren Bekämpfung

Gelegenheiten für Studenten

Verschiedene Forschungsprojekte für Postdocs, Doktoranden, MSc- und BSc-Studenten sowie für Kurzpraktika stehen dieses Jahr und das ganze Jahr über zur Verfügung. Diese Möglichkeiten liegen vor allem in den Bereichen Biogeographie, Ökologie, Biodiversitätsinformatik und ökologische Modellierung. Weitere Postdoc- und PhD-Projekte können ebenfalls diskutiert und gemeinsam entwickelt werden. Bitte kontaktieren Sie mich für weitere Details.


Ich habe mehr als 15 Jahre internationale Erfahrung im Unterrichten und Betreuen von Studenten vom Gymnasium bis zum MSc. Programmen.

Short CV

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Saeedi, H., Simoes, M., Brandt, A. (2020). Biodiversity and distribution patterns of deep-sea fauna along the temperate NW Pacific. Progress in Oceanography, 183: 102296.

Saeedi, H., Simoes, M., Brandt, A. (2019). Endemicity and community composition of marine species along the NW Pacific and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography. Progress in Oceanography, 178: 102199.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J., Warren, D., Brandt, A. (2019). Latitudinal and bathymetrical species richness patterns in the NW Pacific and adjacent Arctic Ocean. Scientific Reports, 9:9303.

Saeedi, H., Reimer, D. J., Brandt, J. M., Dumais, P. O., Jażdżewska, M. A., Jeffery, W. N., Thielen, M. P. (2019). Global marine biodiversity and prediction in the context of achieving the Aichi Targets: ways forward and addressing data gaps. Peerj, 7: e7221.

Saeedi, H., Bernardino A. F., Shimabukuro M., Falchetto G., & Sumida P. Y. G (2019). Macrofaunal community structure and biodiversity patterns based on a wood-fall experiment in the deep South-west Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 145:73-82.

Saeedi, H. & Costello M. J. (2019). A world dataset on the geographic distributions of Solenidae razor clams (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Biodiversity Data Journal, 7:e31375.

Saeedi, H., Kamrani, E., Shayesteh, F., Nordhaus, I., Diele, K., Raeisi, H. (2018). Sediment Temperature Impact on Population Structure and Dynamics of the Crab Austruca iranica Pretzmann, 1971 (Crustacea: Ocypodidae) in Subtropical Mangroves of the Persian Gulf. Wetlands, 38(3): 539–549.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J. and Dennis, T. (2017). Modelling present and future global distributions of razor clams (Bivalvia: Solenidae). Helgoland Marine Research, 70: 23.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2017). Marine species richness is bimodal with latitude. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32(4): P234-237.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J. and Dennis, T. (2016). Bimodal latitudinal species richness and high endemicity in razor clams (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Journal of Biogeography. 44(3): 592–604.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2016). Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 3(9): 670-676.

Mitarbeiter Foto
Dr. Christine Driller
Postdoc, Fachinformationsdienst Biodiversitätsforschung (BIOfid)

Research interests

I am interested in processes and their driving forces underlying past and present patterns of  species distribution and diversity. My research has focused predominantly on the phylogeography of tarsiers, small nocturnal primates endemic to Southeast Asia. For this purpose, I conducted comprehensive field studies and phylogenetic analyses. Currently I am working in the infrastructure project BIOfid, a specialised information service for biodiversity  research. This collaborative project between Senckenberg, the Text Technology Lab of the Goethe University Frankfurt and the J. C. Senckenberg University Library in Frankfurt aims to mobilise biodiversity data from legacy and contemporary scientific literature. My main task is the structured compilation and linking of biological, environmental and meta-information to support the development of new text mining tools for ontology-based semantic search in the BIOfid portal.

External links

My ResearchGate Profile 
Visit BIOfid at ResearchGate
BIOfid homepage



Full list of publications on Google Scholar