Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Rupert Seidl (*1979) studies the dynamics of ecosystems and harnesses an improved understanding of ecological processes for sustainable forest management. A focus of his work is disturbance and resilience of forest ecosystems. He combines different methodological approaches – from empirical work to remote sensing and simulation modeling – to quantify changes in ecosystems in space and time. These insights provide the foundation for the development of management approaches aiming to sustainably provide a wide variety of ecosystem services and safeguard the diversity of ecosystems in a changing world.

Prof. Seidl received his PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna in 2008. After PostDocs at Oregon State University (USA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) he became assistant professor at BOKU Vienna in 2013. He completed his habilitation (venia docendi) in the field of forest ecosystem management in 2014. From 2015 onwards Seidl was associate professor, and served as deputy head of the institute of silviculture at BOKU Vienna since 2018. In 2019 Seidl was named full professor of ecosystem dynamics and forest management in mountain landscapes at TUM.

    Awards

    • Elected into the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2016)
    • START-Prize of the Austrian Science Fund FWF (2015)
    • BOKU Best Paper Award (2012)
    • Schweighofer-Innovation Prize (2009)
    • PhD sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae (2008)

    Key Publications

    Seidl R, Klonner G, Rammer W, Essl F, Moreno A, Neumann M, Dullinger S: “Invasive alien pests threaten the carbon stored in Europe’s forests”. Nature Communications. 2018; 9: 1626.

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    Seidl R, Thom D, Kautz M, Martin-Benito D, Peltoniemi M, Vacchiano G, Wild J, Ascoli D, Petr M, Honkaniemi J, Lexer MJ, Trotsiuk V, Mairota P, Svoboda M, Fabrika M, Nagel TA, Reyer CPO: “Forest disturbances under climate change”. Nature Climate Change. 2017; 7: 395-402.

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    Seidl R, Spies TA, Peterson DL, Stephens SL, Hicke JA: “Searching for resilience: Addressing the impacts of changing disturbance regimes on forest ecosystem services”. Journal of Applied Ecology. 2016; 53: 120-129.

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    Seidl R: “The shape of ecosystem management to come: Anticipating risks and fostering resilience”. BioScience. 2014; 64 (12): 1159-1169.

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    Seidl R, Schelhaas MJ, Rammer W, Verkerk PJ: “Increasing forest disturbances in Europe and their impact on carbon storage”. Nature Climate Change. 2014; 4: 806-810.

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