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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

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

[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.