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Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour


Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.)

Born on 22 March 1977

in Khalkhal, Iran










Projects and Research Topics


  • EU Cost Actions: "PROFOUND" and "ECHOES", DFG Emmy-Noether-Indipendent-Research Program: "Forest Management in the Earth System", EU FP7 Project: "MOTIVE", EU FP6 Project: "EFORWOOD", FVA-BW Project "Climate Change Impacts Research", German-French University Program "FORIX"

  • Operations Research in Forestry e. g. Optimization (LP, NLP, Genetic-Algorithms), Forest Modelling and Decision-making (Simulation-Optimization), Climate Change Risk Mangement (Bayesian and Evidence Theories), Adaptive Forest Mangement Modelling, Dynamic Forest and Climate Decision-making, Economic Implications of Provisioning Ecosystem Goods and Services (e. g. Biodiverity, Carbon, Bioenergy)


04.2005–12.2009: Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) "Risk Management in Forestry" , University of Freiburg, Germany: Thesis "Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Simulation-Optimization Models"

07.2000-12.2002: MSc "Forestry and Forest Economcis", University of Tehran, Iran: Thesis: "Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Oriental Beech (Fagus Orientalis L.) Stands in Fandoghloo Area towards Close-to-nature Forestry System"

07.1996-06-2000: BSc "Natural Resources Engineering-Forestry", University of Guilan, Iran

Professional Career

Since      10/2014: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.), Chair of  Forestry Economics and Forest Planning, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, DE

07/2013–09/2014: Postdoc Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, DE

05/2013–06/2013: Research Associate, Forest Research Institute of Baden Württemberg (FVA-BW), Freiburg, DE

06/2010–05/2013: Postdoc, Danish Forest and Landscape Centre, University of Copenhagen, DK

07/2009–12/2009: Research Associate, Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg, DE

01/2009–06/2009: Research Associate, Institute of Forest Growth, University of Freiburg, DE

05/2005–12/2009: Research Associate (PhD Student), Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg, DE

01/2003–04/2005: Research Assistant, Deparment of Science and Reseach, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, IR

07/2002–04/2005: Pivate Lecturer, College of Environment, Karaj, IR



  •  Peer-reviewed Journals


 - Yousefpour R., Didion M., Jacobsen J. B. , Meilby H., Geerten M. Hengeveld, Schelhaas M. J. & Thorsen B. J. (2015) Modelling of Adaptation to Climate Change and Decision-makers Behaviors for Veluwe Forest Area in the Netherlands, Forest Policy and Economics (in Press)

- Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M. (2015) State Foresters’ Perception of Climate Change, Impacts and Forest Development in Southern Germany, Climatic Change (DOI 10.1007/s10584-15-1330-5)

- Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M. (2014) Balancing Decisions for the Conversion of Norway Spruce (Picea abies L. Karst) Monocultures in the Black Forest Area of Germany, Forest Science 60: 73-84

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H. (2013) Knowledge update in adaptive management of forest resources under climate change: a Bayesian simulation approach, Annals of Forest Science 71: 301-312

- Yousefpour R., Temperli Ch., Elkin C., Bugmann H., Hanewinkel M., Meilby H., Jacobsen J. B. & Thorsen B.J. (2013) Updating Knowledge and Combining Evidence in Adaptive Climate Change Management, Journal of Environmental Management 122: 56-64

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H., Hanewinkel M., Oehler K. (2012) A Review on Decision-making under Uncertainty and Risk in Forest Management, Annals of Forest Science 69:1–15

- Yousefpour R. (2011), Thinning Operations for Soil Conservation and Bio-energy Production from Norway Spruce (Picea abies L. Karst) Plantations in Denmark, Agro-forestry Systems 87: 287-294

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M. & Le Moguedec G. (2010) Evaluation of Biodiversity for multi-purpose Forest management, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 8(3): 241-260

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M. & Le Moguedec G. (2010) Balancing Adaptation to/Mitigation of Climate Change in the Management of Pure Norway Spruce Forest in the Black Forest Area of Southwest Germany, Environmental Management 45: 387-402

- Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M. (2009) Modelling of Forest Conversion Planning with an Adaptive Simulation-Optimization Approach and Simultaneous Consideration of the Values of Timber, Carbon and Biodiversity, Ecological Economics 68: 1711-1722

- Yousefpour R. & Marvie Mohadjer M. R. & Sagheb Talebi Kh. (2002) A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Oriental Beech (Fagus Orientalis L.) in Fandoghloo Forest, Iranian Journal of Natural Resources 57(4): 703-714

  • Other Publications

- Yousefpour R., Jacobsen J., Meilby H., Schou E., Thorsen B. (2013) Klimaændringer og skovdrift i Europa. Under review in SKOVEN (Danish Journal of Foretsry)

- Jacobsen J., Yousefpour R., Thorsen B(2013) Climate change and practical forest management – when to worry and when not?.Adapting to climate change in European forests – results of the MOTIVE project. ed. / Joanne Fitzgerald; Marcus Lindner. Sofia : Pensoft Publishers, 2013. p. 83-88.

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B.J. (2013) Chapter 15: Risk and Uncertainty in Adaptive Forest Management under Climate Change for Biomass and Bioenergy Production. In: Kellomäki S., Kilpeläinen A. & Ashraful A., (editors), Forest BioEnergy Production – Management, carbon sequestration and Adaptation, Springer, New York

- Yousefpour R., et al., (2013) New methods for handling uncertainty, risk and spatial relations in AFM decision making with applications to case studies. Deliverable 5.2 for EU FP7 Project MOTIVE, 57 pp.

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H., Hanewinkel M., Oehler K. (2012)  A review report on decision making under uncertainty and risk in forestry. Deliverable 5.1 for EU FP7 Project MOTIVE, 152 pp.

- Yousefpour R. (2009) Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Hybrid Simulation Optimization Models, Dissertation, University of Freiburg, Germany

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