Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Agrosphere Institute (IBG-3)
|Multiscale Modelling of Soil-Plant Interactions
|Field of research
|Plant and Soil Sciences, Applied Mathematics
Researcher ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2203-4466
I am a W2 Professor, jointly appointment between Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-3, and the University of Bonn, Faculty of Agriculture. I studied Landscape Planning with specialisation in Soil Science and Modelling at BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (1999), as well as Applied and Computational Mathematics at the University of Oxford (2005). At BOKU, I did my PhD in Land and Water Management and Engineering (2002) and my habilitation in Soil Physics (2013). My expertise is in developing and applying mathematical models in the field of soil-plant interactions, rhizosphere processes, and mycorrhizal associations. My group has developed functional structural root architecture models during the last 10+ years, and I am currently leading a benchmarking initiative for such models in the framework of the International Soil Modelling Consortium. I was also strongly involved in the development of an ecosystem model that integrates insights from soil organic matter models, structural models and food web models to simulate the living soil. I am also interesting in data-to-model pipelines, in particular in the context of plant roots, using different types of 2D and 3D image analysis tools.