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Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Lemmen

Carsten Lemmen

Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Lemmen

Ecosystem Modeling


Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2013

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My research is embedded in the PACES Subtopic 4.2 "Coastal system sustainability against the backdrop of natural and anthropogenic drivers". I focus on

  • Adaptive Trait-Based Modeling of phytoplankton, macrozoobenthos and past societies. Mechanistic and heuristic formulation of aggregate processes in these different social and ecological systems.
  • Integration of Adaptive Trait Based models and other ecosystem process models into Earth System Models using the Framework for Aquatic Biogeochemical Models (FABM).
  • Modular coupling of Earth System component models, especially with the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF).



Since 2007 Senior researcher at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Germany. Researcher in ancient socio-environmental interaction modeling. Project management, software development.

Since 2012 Archaeosociomodeling consultant at C.L. Science Consult, Lüneburg

2006-2007 Senior researcher at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.. Software development and project management.

2005-2006 PostDoc at the Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. Investigation of chemistry-climate interactions, chemistry-climate modelling and numerical model development, software release and licensing.

2001 Junior researcher at the Institute for Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia. Research on “Stable states in a Southern Ocean food web model under a changing climate."


2005 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in atmospheric physics awarded by Bergisch University Wuppertal, Germany

2002-2005 PhD student at the Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

2001 Diplom-Umweltwissenschaftler, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

1996-2001 Studies of Marine environmental sciences at Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany


Since 2012 Experimental physics, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Since 2014 Ecosystem Modeling, Leuphana

2014-2019 Physics didactics, Leuphana

2011 Ecosystems in Global change, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2010/ 2011 Model systems in Global Change research, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2009 Umwelt- und Landschaftsgeschichte, Zurich University

2007-2009 Biogeochemical cycles, Christian-Albrechts-Unversity Kiel

Statistics (Oct 2021) Hirsch-Index 17, 1699 citations to 40 cited papers; 100+ oral and poster contributions.