Academic staff at Dresden University of Technology – University of Copenhagen

Academic staff at Dresden University of Technology

Hubertus Pohris

My name is Hubertus Pohris. I am an academic advisor and instructor in the fields of Tropical Silviculture, NTFPs and Agroforestry at the Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Forest-, Geo- and Hydro Sciences, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products in Tharandt, Germany.

I am working as a staff member in the International Two-Year Full-Time MSc.-Study Programme Tropical Forestry and Management as Course combination supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the European MSc.-Study Programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) as well as in the German Study Programme Forstwissenschaften. In addition, I am integrated in the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Postgraduate Training Programme on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries of the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM) at the Technische Universität Dresden.

I am especially interested and experienced in (i) tropical forest plantation silviculture, (ii) tree planting for ecosystem rehabilitation, (iii) silviculture for natural forest management, (iv) silvicultural options for agroforestry systems, and NTFPs-management.

Accompanying the research work for MSc.-graduation procedures is mainly done in these fields on the basis of scientific work methods at all.

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Jürgen Pretzsch

My name is Jürgen Pretzsch. I am Professor in Tropical Forestry with a main focus on socio-economics, forest culture and development theories. My Professorship is integrated in the Faculty of Forest- Geo- and Hydro Sciences of the Technische Universität Dresden. I am Director of the MSc. Course Tropical Forestry and Management, which is supported by various donors. We have university co-operations with many tropical countries. At present intensive research co-operation is ongoing with institutions in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Sudan, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru.

My research is focused on three levels: (I) Socio-economic and cultural diagnosis (Land use dynamics and forest development, Types of forest management and utilization - and their historical outline, Traditional knowledge systems, Forest enterprises analysis, Assessment of the policy framework of forest management), (II) Projection and modelling (SFM in a dynamic environment, Stability models for forest management, Acceptability of forest and tree-related production, Application of Farming Systems Analysis and Research to forestry and agroforestry) and (III) Orientation towards action (Forestry and agroforestry innovations, Planned social and technological change, Certification, quality control and monitoring as a learning process, Integrative forest sector planning, participatory planning and decision structures, strategic planning, monitoring and impact analysis in forest projects, Forest extension and adaptive co-management of forests).

There are three doctoral research groups which are integrated in my professorship. They deal with (I) Forest plantations; (II) Value added chains in forestry and induction of rural development (III) Climate change network in Latin America.

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Eckhard Auch

My name is Eckhard Auch. I am a scientific academic staff member at the chair for Tropical Forestry and lecture in the M.Sc. Course "Tropical Forestry". I work in the field of forest management and socio-economics, focusing on sustainable livelihoods, organization of forest management units, project planning, extension, urban/peri-urban forestry and agroforestry. Currently I am involved in the coordination of the 'Scientific Cooperation Network on Climate Change Adaptation', which comprises several East-African partners, and also in research on forest based value chains. My professional interest is in the intersection between humans and forests.

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Jörn Erler

Chair of Forest Technology,
Institute for Forest Utilization and Technology,
Faculty of Environmental Science,
University of Technology Dresden, Germany

Professor (Forest Technology) 1992: Ergonomics, Techniques and Road Construction

Education: Diploma (Forestry) 1982, PhD (Forest Ergonomics) 1984, DSc (Forest Technology) 1992

Principal responsible scientist of:

  1. Sound forest operations on sensible soils, 1999-2002 (Saxony)
  2. Measurement and normalization of performance of machine drivers, 2002-2005 (DFG)
  3. Regeneration of forest soils after compaction, 2003-2006 (Saxony)
  4. forstINNO, innovation for forest operations in Central Europe, 2005-2008 (EU CRAFT)
  5. Optimization tool for harvesting techniques on flat terrain in Brandenburg, 2005-2011 (Forst Brandenburg)
  6. Technique communication in forestry, 2005-2012 (Saxony)
  7. Measurement of dynamic impact of forest machines to soils, 2009-2012 (DFG)
  8. Development and prototype of a “Portalharvester” for wet soils on flat terrain, 2011-2013 (German Government, EU)
  9. Economical effects of technical impacts to forest stands and soils, 2011-2014 (Saxony)
  10. Development and prototype of a skyline system for wood transport on non-trafficable, flat terrain, 2012-2014 ((German Government)

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Peter Deegen

My name is Peter Deegen. I am a professor in the field of Forest Resource Economics at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University “Technische Universität Dresden”.

My research areas are: economics of silviculture, constitutional political economy & theory of forest sustainability, public choice, catallactics.

I teach inside the module Economics and Management of Forest Resources.

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Sven Wagner

Study of Forest Sciences; Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
Traineeship with the State Forest Administration of Lower Saxony, Germany; State Examination (Degree: Forstassessor)

Scientific Qualifications:
Graduate of doctoral studies at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany (Degree: Dr. forest.); Subject of dissertation: Estimation of radiation in forests by means of hemispherical photography
Graduate of post-doctoral studies ("Habilitation") and award of 'venia legendi' in Silviculture at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany; Subject of thesis ("Habilitationsschrift"): Ecological analyses of the initial stage of natural regeneration in mixed stands of ash and beech
Research Interests:

  • Regeneration ecology
  • Single tree effects/ spatial optimization within stand level
  • Forest services/Strategies for sustainability
  • Adaptation to climate change

Bachelor level: tending operations, regeneration cuttings
Master level: natural regeneration ecology, service oriented silviculture
Tropical forestry: biodiversity and sustainability issues in natural forest management


Heinz Röhle
Diplom-Forstwirt, University of Munich, 1977
Doctorate (Dr. rer. silv.), University of Munich, 1982
Habilitation (Dr. rer. silv. habil.), University of Munich, 1994
Professor at TU Dresden since 1996

Projects in research and development in the last 5 years:

  • Investigation of long-term trend changes of forest stands in growth behaviour with special regard to environment and climate conditions
  • Optimisation of management surveys based on continuous forest inventories
  • Investigation of growth behaviour of mixed and multi-storeyed stands with special regard to competition
  • Assessment and modelling of growth and biomass production of short rotation stands
  • Development of a single-tree oriented, competition-based simulation program for mixed and multi-storeyed stands

Andreas Roloff

Dipl.-Forstw. (comp. MSc Forestry), Univ. of Goettingen, 1984 PhD (Dr. forest.), Univ. of Goettingen, 1986Habilitation, Univ. of Goettingen, 1989
Chair of Forest Botany, Director of Institute of Forest Botany and Forest Zoology & Tharandt Botanic Garden at TU Dresden since 1994

Projects in research and development in the last 5 years:

  • Growth analysis in tree crowns, vitality assessment, use of body language
  • Development and testing of new, non-destructive diagnostic instruments for tree care
  • Development and application of Tharandt Tree Diagnosis
  • Species selection for urban habitats
  • Climate change and drought stress