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Dr. Markus Kautz

group: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
room: 330
phone: +49 8821 183 194
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Interests

  • Forest disturbances, e.g. insect outbreaks, wildfire, drought or wind, and how they affect ecosystem cycles, such as C- and N-cycles, water-, greenhouse gas- and energy fluxes
  • Climate change – disturbance interactions, in particular concerning temperate and boreal forests
  • How can models help us understanding complex processes, what scale of details do we need to adequately simulate these processes?






since 4/2014 Post-doc researcher, Plant-Atmosphere Interactions group at IMK-IFU.
1-12/2013 Research associate, Bavarian State Institute of Forestry, Department of Forest Protection, Freising, Germany.
4/2009-4/2013 Ph.D. student, Technische Universität München, Institute of Animal Ecology, Freising, Germany.
1-12/2008 Research associate, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Forest Growth and Forest Computer Science, Tharandt, Germany.


9/2013 Ph.D. in Natural Science, Technische Universität München, Institute of Animal Ecology, Freising, Germany.
6/2006 Geographer (Diploma), Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

Peer-reviewed publications

[12] 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 7, 395–402


[11] Kautz M, AJH Meddens, RJ Hall, A Arneth (2017) Biotic disturbances in northern hemisphere forests - a synthesis of recent data, uncertainties, and implications for forest monitoring and modeling. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26, 533–552


[10] Kautz M, Imron MA, Dworschak K, Schopf R. (2016) Dispersal variability and associated population-level consequences in tree-killing bark beetles. Movement Ecology 4:9 https://movementecologyjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40462-01 6-0074-9

[9] Seidl R, Müller J, Hothorn T, Bässler C, Heurich M, Kautz M (2016) Small beetle, large-scale drivers: how regional and landscape factors affect outbreaks of the European spruce bark beetle. Journal of Applied Ecology 53, 530–540 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12540/abstract

[8] Kautz M (2014). On correcting the time-lag bias in aerial-surveyed bark beetle infestation data. Forest Ecology and Management, 326, 157-162. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112714002357
[7] Kautz M, Muhammad AI, Schopf R (2014). Individual traits as drivers of spatial dispersal and infestation patterns in a host-bark beetle system. Ecological Modelling, 273, 264-276. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030438001300570X
[6] Hooman L, Schumann B, Kautz M, Dech S. (2014). Spatial characterization of bark beetle-infested areas in a natural forest by a multi-date synergy of medium-and high resolution imagery. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186, 441-456. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10661-013-3389-7
[5] Vogt J, Kautz M, Fontalvo Herazo ML, Walther D, Diele K, Triet T, Saint-Paul U, Berger U (2013). Do canopy disturbances drive forest plantations into more natural conditions? – A case study from Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam. Global and Planetary Change 110, 249-258. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921818111001421
[4] Kautz M, Schopf R, Ohser J (2013). The “sun-effect”: microclimatic alterations predispose forest edges to bark beetle infestations. European Journal of Forest Research 132, 453-465. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10342-013-0685-2, erratum http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10342-013-0686-1
[3] Kautz M, Düll J, Ohser J (2011). Spatial dependence of random sets and its application to dispersion of bark beetle infestation in a natural forest. Image Analysis and Stereology 30, 123-131. http://www.ias-iss.org/ojs/IAS/article/view/904
[2] Kautz M, Dworschak K, Gruppe A, Schopf R (2011). Quantifying spatio-temporal dispersion of bark beetle infestations in epidemic and non-epidemic conditions. Forest Ecology and Management 262, 598-608. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112711002386
[1] Kautz M, Berger U, Stoyan D, Vogt J, Khan NI, Diele K, Saint-Paul U, Triet T, Nam VN (2011). Desynchronizing effects of lightning strike disturbances on cyclic forest dynamics in mangrove plantations. Aquatic Botany 95, 173-181. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304377011000842

Reports, book chapters, monographs

[4] Seidl R, Kautz M, Heurich M, Müller J (2016). Borkenkäferdynamik am Beispiel Bayerischer Wald. AFZ-Der Wald 9, 36–38
[3] Kautz M (2013). Raum-Zeit-Dynamik der Ausbreitung des Buchdruckerbefalls (Ips typographus L.). Dissertation, Technische Universität München, 83 p.
[2] Schopf R, Kautz M, Lehmberg L, Lindauer M, Schmid HP, Wolpert B, Mauder M, Steinbrecher R (2013). Borkenkäferbefall auf Windwurfflächen: Prozessanalyse für Handlungsoptionen. Final report UGV – 06070204028, 144 p.
[1] Kautz M (2006). Charakterisierung kleinbäuerlicher Landnutzungsformen in der Cordillera del Cóndor (Ecuador). Diploma thesis, Technische Universität Dresden, 93 p.

Conference contributions

[6] Kautz M, Schopf R, Ohser J (2013). Raum-Zeit-Variabilität des Befallsrisikos durch Ips typographus an Waldrändern. – Talk, Meeting of German Society of General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE), Göttingen, Germany.
[5] Kautz M, Gruppe A, Schopf R (2012). Vom Individuum zum System: Ausbreitung des Buchdruckers und Befallsmuster im Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald. – Talk, Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung, Freising, Germany.
[4] Dworschak K, Kautz M, Schopf R (2011). Are dispersal and infestation distances in Ips typographus limited by energy reserves? – Talk, Meeting of German Society of General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE), Berlin, Germany.
[3] Kautz M, Gruppe A, Schopf R (2010). Spreading of bark beetle infestations in the National Park Bavarian Forest. – Talk, IXth European Congress of Entomology, Budapest, Hungary.
[2] Vogt J, Berger U, Kautz M, Fontalvo Herazo ML, Walther D (2009). Do canopy disturbances drive forest plantations into more natural conditions? - A case study from the UNESCO biosphere reserve Can Gio, Vietnam. – Talk, Meeting of Society of Tropical Ecology (gtö) and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Marburg, Germany.
[1] Vogt J, Berger U, Kautz M, Stoyan D, Berger U (2009). The influence of lightning gaps on the mangrove plantation structure in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Can Gio, Vietnam. – Poster, Final Conference of METIER: METhods of Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, Brussels, Belgium.