Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein
ELLIS unit Jena, Director
Director of the ELLIS fellow program „Machine Learning for Earth and Climate Science“
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena
Professor for Global Geoecology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Markus is director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry since 2012 and Professor for Global Geoecology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He is also director at Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science and in the speaker board of iDIV representing the Max-Planck-Institutes therein.
His main research interests are related to the interactions between ecosystems and climate within an Earth system context. He addresses this research by combining data-driven machine learning, system modeling and model-data integration approaches.
Markus studied Landscape Ecology University of Münster, received his PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 2001, and carried out research in Viterbo, Missoula and Berkeley with a Marie Curie Fellowship and as Independent Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.
Markus received several awards such as one of the first ERC grants (Project QUASOM), the Jim-Gray-Seed award for e-science, the Max-Planck-Research Award 2012, and the Piers J. Sellers Mid-Career Award by the American Geophysical Union in 2018 and in 2020 the German Leibniz award as well as an ERCSynergy grant, both related to integrating machine learning with Earth system science. Markus serves as advisory board member for the Helmholtz AI Cooperation Unit (HAICU) and the Tübingen Cluster of Excellence “Machine Learning: New Perspectives for Science”. He is among the few individuals worldwide who is recognized as ISI highly cited researcher in three areas (Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Agricultural Sciences). According to google his work (more than 140 publications) is cited over 50k times, with an h-index of 103.