Tobias Kuemmerle is a professor for biogeography and conservation biology at the Geography Department at Humboldt-University Berlin. He has a Diplom in Applied Environmental Sciences from the University of Trier (2003) and a PhD in Geography from Humboldt-University Berlin in 2008. His career path includes postdoctoral stays at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-2010) and the Postdam Institute for Climate impact Research (2010-2011). In 2012, he became an Einstein Junior Fellow Professor at the Geography Department of Humboldt-University Berlin, which transitions into a full professorship in 2015. Tobias Kuemmerle is IRI THESys foundation member.

The overarching goal of his research is to improve our understanding of where and why land use changes, how that affects species’ habitats and populations, and what characterizes sustainable land systems that balance biodiversity conservation and humanity’s resource needs. He uses tools from land use science, landscape ecology, conservation biology, and biogeography to address these issues at broad geographic scales.

Research Interests

  • Drivers and patterns of land use change
  • Land use effects on biodiversity
  • Trade-offs between agriculture and conservation


COUPLED – Operationalising Telecouplings for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use