Philipp Porada

Guest researcher/Post doc

About me

My general interest is predicting vegetation dynamics at the global scale, based on information about climate and other controlling factors.

Currently, I am trying to find out which factors determine the global distribution of vegetation on the ground (e.g. mosses). This may be important, for instance, at high latitudes, where vegetation at the ground acts as an insulating layer for the frozen soil below (permafrost). If the soil warms up due to a reduction in vegetation, considerable amounts of CO2 may be released which would further enhance global warming.

As a tool to make these predictions I use numerical models which represent the complex processes and interactions associated with global vegetation in a simplified way. The modelling approach can be extended to simulate further aspects of global moss vegetation, such as patterns of biodiversity or the impact of moss on global weathering rates.

Latest scientific papers

Estimating global nitrous oxide emissions by lichens and bryophytes with a process-based productivity model

Porada, P.; Pöschl, U.; Kleidon, A.; Beer, C.; Weber, B.
2017 | Biogeosciences | 14 (1593-1602)

Effects of bryophyte and lichen cover on permafrost soil temperature at large scale

Porada, P.; Ekici, A.; Beer, C.
2016 | TC | 10 (2291-2315)

Earliest land plants created modern levels of atmospheric oxygen

T. M. Lenton; T. W. Dahl; S. J. Daines; B. J. W. Mills; K. Ozaki; M. R. Saltzman; P. Porada
2016 | Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. | 113 (35) (9704-9709)

High potential for weathering and climate effects of non-vascular vegetation in the Late Ordovician

Porada, P.; Lenton, T. M.; Pohl, A.; Weber, B.; Mander, L.; Donnadieu, Y.; Beer, C.; Pöschl, U.; Kleidon, A.
2016 | Nat. Commun. | 7:12113

On the potential vegetation feedbacks that enhance phosphorus availability – insights from a process-based model linking geological and ecological timescales

C. Buendía; S. Arens; T. Hickler; S. I. Higgins; P. Porada; A. Kleidon;
2014 | Biogeosciences | 11 (13) (3661-3683)

All publications


How human activities affect natural processes that drive the major biogeochemical cycles that ultimately govern the composition of the environment.