Academic Career and Research Areas
Professor Rammig investigates the impact of global environmental change on ecosystems and potential feedbacks to the climate system. In her work, she develops and applies computer models in combination with observational data. The aim of her research is to better understand ecosystem responses to climate and land-use change and to implement these responses into computer models, for example, different plant responses to extreme drought. The computer models are used to estimate future ecosystem changes, regionally and globally, and to develop management strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Professor Rammig studied Biology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and obtained a PhD in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich in 2006. Important positions of her scientific career were at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF), the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In 2015, she was appointed as Assistant Professor for Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions at TUM.
Zemp DC, Schleussner C-F, Barbosa HMJ, Rammig A: "Deforestation effects on Amazon forest resilience". Geophysical Research Letters. 2017; 44: 6182-6190.Abstract
Zemp DC, Schleussner C-F, Barbosa HMJ, Hirota M, Montade V, Sampaio G, Staal A, Wang-Erlandsson L, Rammig A: "Self-amplified Amazon forest loss due to vegetation-atmosphere feedbacks". Nature Communications. 2017; 8: Article number 14681.Abstract
Rammig A, Wiedermann M, Donges J, Babst F, von Bloh W, Frank D, Thonicke K, Mahecha M: "Coincidences of climate extremes and anomalous vegetation responses: comparing tree-ring patterns to simulated productivity". Biogeosciences. 2015; 12: 373-385.Abstract
Reichstein M, Bahn M, Ciais P, Frank D, Mahecha MD, Seneviratne SI, Zscheischler J, Beer C, Buchmann N, Frank DC, Papale D, Rammig A, Smith P, Thonicke K, van der Velde M, Vicca S, Walz A and Wattenbach M: "Climate extremes and the carbon cycle". Nature. 2013; 500: 287-295.Abstract
Rammig A, Jupp TE, Thonicke K, Tietjen B, Heinke J, Ostberg S, Lucht W, Cramer W, Cox PM: "Estimating the risk of Amazonian forest dieback". New Phytologist. 2010; 187(3): 694–706.Abstract