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Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour


Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Dr. Raoul Yousefpour

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.)









Opportnities for MSc Thesis (Themen für Masterarbeiten)

  • Topic (Perception, concerns, and behaviors in dealling with climate change), Theory (New Ecological Paradigm, Planned Behavior), Method (Survey, Statistics, Interviews), Focus (Countries, Regions, Scientific Fields)

  • Topic (Modelling of firest ecosystems and their services and contributions to human welfare), Theory (Ecophysiology, Carbon cycle, Forest growth, Forest management, Forest economy, Forest distribution, Decision science), Method (Data aquisation, Modelling, Simulation, Optimization, Decision Support System), Focus (European Forest, Tropical (Re)Afforestation, Agroforestry, Forest conservation)

  • Topic (Risk Analysis, Uncertainty Analysis, Insurance), Theory (Bayesian inference, Insurance portfolio, Nature-based solutions), Method (Case study analysis, Simulation, Data abalysis, Decision approaches), Focus (Landscape, Renewable Energy Systems, Natural Hazards, Cost-benefit analysis)

Projects and main research topics

  • Waldklimafund Projects (MisTriKli, BuTaKli), EU Marie Curie RISE project "SuFoRun", EU Cost Actions (Profound, Converges, Pesfor-W), EFI nettwork project "ForMaSam", DFG Emmy-Nother-Indipendent-Research Program "Forest Management in the Earth System", EU FP7 Project: "MOTIVE", EU FP6 Project: "EFORWOOD", German-French University Program "FORIX", Swiss SNF project "Dives"

  • Operations Research in Forestry e. g. Optimization, Forest Modelling and Decision-making, Climate Change Risk Mangement, Adaptive Forest Mangement Modelling, Dynamic Forest and Climate Decision-making, Economic Implications of provisioning Ecosystem Goods and Services (e. g. Biodiverity, Carbon), Robust decisions, Forest ecosystem-based management, Climate Smart Forestry



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

Seit 10/2014: Assistent Professor (Adademischer Rat a. Z.), Chair of  Forestry Economics and Forest Planning, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




– 2019 –

 1.      Gustafsson L., Bauhus J., Asbeck Th., Augustynczik A. L. D., Basile M., Frey J., Gutzat F., Hanewinkel M., Helbach J. F. P., Jonker M., Knuff A., Messier Ch., Penner J., Pyttel P., Reif A., Storch F., Winiger N., Winkel G., Yousefpour R., Storch I., Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe. AMBIO.

2.     Yousefpour R., You B., Hanewinkel M., Simulation of Extreme Storm Effects on Regional Forest Soil Carbon Stock. Ecological Modelling 399, 39-53

 3.      Yousefpour R., Prinz A., NG C., Public perceptions of climate change adaptation in Singapore dealing with forecasted sea level rise. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (

 4.      Baumbach L, Niamir A., Hickler Th., Yousefpour R. Regional adaptation of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) to drought in Central European conditions considering environmental suitability and economic implications. Regional Environmental Change,

 – 2018 –

 5.      Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Balancing forest profitability and deadwood maintenance in European commercial forests - A robust optimization approach. European Journal of Forest Research.

 6.      Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Multiple uncertainties require a change of conservation practices for saproxylic beetles in managed temperate forests. Scientific Reports 8:14964, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-33389-9

7.      Augustynczik A. L. D.,Asbeck Th., Basile M., Bauhus J., Storch I., Mikusiński G., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 650, 2717–2730

 8.      Mattson J. B., Irauschek F., Yousefpour R., Gaps in Quantitative Decision Support to Inform Adaptive Management and Learning: a Review of Forest Management Cases. Current Forestry Reports 1-14 (2018).

 9.      Nölte A., Meilby H., Yousefpour R., Multi-purpose forest management in the tropics: Incorporating values of carbon, biodiversity and timber in managing Tectona grandis (teak) plantations in Costa Rica. Forest Ecology and Management 422, 345-357

 10.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Rodriguez L. C. E., Hanewinkel M., Conservation Costs of Retention Forestry and Optimal Habitat Network Selection in Southwestern Germany. Ecological Economics 148, 92-102

 11.    Yousefpour R., Nabel J., Pongratz J., Simulating sustained yield harvesting adaptive to future climate change. Biogeosciences;

 12.    Brunette M., Bourke R., Hanewinkel M., and Yousefpour R., Economic Perspectives of adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry: a Multiple Correspondence Analysis. Forests 9 (1), 20; doi:10.3390/f9010020.

 13.    Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., Reyer Ch. P. O., Lasch-Born P., Suckow F., Hanewinkel M., Realizing Mitigation Efficiency of European Commercial Forests by Climate Smart Forestry. Scientific Reports 8:345, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18778-w

14.    Bonn B., von Schneidemesser E., Butler T., Churkina G., Ehlers Ch., Grote R., Klemp D., Nothard R., Schäfer K., von Stülpnagel A., Kerschbaumer A., Yousefpour R., Fountoukis Ch., Lawrence M. G., Impact of vegetative emissions on urban ozone and biogenic secondary organic aerosol: Box model study for Berlin, Germany. J. of Cleaner Production 176, 827-841

– 2017 –                             

 15.   Yousefpour R., Temperli Ch., Jacobsen J. B., Thorsen B. J., Meilby H., Lexer M. J., Lindner M., Bugmann H., Borges J. G., Palma J. H. N., Ray D., Zimmermann N. E., Delzon S.,Kremer A., Kramer K., Reyer Ch. P. O., Lasch-Born P., Garcia-Gonzalo J., Hanewinkel M., A framework for modelling adaptive forest management and decision-making under climate change. Ecology and Society 22(4):40;

 16.    Kalbi S., Fallah A., Bettinger P., Shataee Sh., Yousefpour R., Mixed-effects modeling for tree height prediction models of Oriental beech in the Hyrcanian forests. Journal of Forest Research;

 17.    Bonn B., Kreuzweiser J., Sander F., Yousefpour R., Baggio T., Adewale O., The uncertain role of biogenic VOC for boundary-layer ozone concentration: Example investigation of emissions from two forest types with a box model. Climate 5(4), 78; doi:10.3390/cli5040078

 18.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Hartig F., Minunno F., Kahle H. P., Diaconu D., Hanewinkel M., Yousefpour R., Productivity of Fagus sylvatica under climate change – A Bayesian analysis of risk and uncertainty using the model 3-PG. Forest Ecology and Management 401, 192-206

 19.    Li W., Ciais Ph., Peng Sh., Yue Ch., Wang Y., Thurner M., Saatchi S., Arneth A., Avitabile V., Carvalhais N., Harper A. B., Kato E., Koven Ch., Liu Y. Y., Nabel J. E.M.S., Pan Y., Pongratz J., Poulter B., Pugh Th. A. M., Santoro M., Sitch S., Stocker B. D., Viovy N., Wiltshire A., Yousefpour R., Zaehle S., Land-use and land-cover change carbon emissions between 1901 and 2012 constrained by biomass observations. Biogeosciences 14, 5053-5067

 20.    Radke N., Yousefpour R., von Detten R., Reifenberg S., Hanewinkel M., Adopting robust decision-making to forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 43

 21.    Yousefpour R., Lessa A., Hanewinkel M., Pertinence of reactive, active, and robust adaptation strategies in forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 40

 22.    Reyer Ch., Bathgate S., Blennow K., Borges J. G., Bugmann H., Delzon S., Faias S. P., Garcia-Gonzalo J., Gardiner B., Gonzalez-Olabarria J. R., Gracia C., Hernández J. G., Kellomäki S., Kramer K., Lexer M. J., Lindner M., van der Maaten E., Maroschek M., Muys B., Nicoll B., Palahi M., Palma J. H. N., Paulo J. A., Peltola H, Pukkala T., Rammer W., Ray D., Sabaté S., Schelhaas M. J., Seidl R., Temperli Ch., Tomé M., Yousefpour R., Zimmermann N. E., Hanewinkel M., Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests? Environmental Research Letter 12-034027

 23.    Deng Y., Wang M., Yousefpour R., How do people's perceptions and climatic disaster experiences influence their daily behaviors regarding adaptation to climate change? — A case study among young generations, Science of the Total Environment 581, 840-847

 – 2016 –

 24.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Arce J. E., Yousefpour R., da Silva A. C. L., Promoting harvesting stands connectivity in forest plantations applying Integer Linear Programming and Simulated Annealing, Forest Policy and Economics 73, 120-129

 25.    Matthies B. D., D'Amato D., Berghäll S., Ekholm T., Hoen H. F., Holopainen J., Korhonen J., Lähtinen K., Mattila O., Toppinen A., Valsta L., Wand L.,Yousefpour R., An Ecosystem Service-dominant Logic? - Integrating the ecosystem service approach within service science, Journal of Cleaner Production 124, 51-64

 26.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Climate change and decision-making under uncertainty, Springer Current Forestry Reports 2, 143-149

 – 2015 –

27.    Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., State Foresters’ Perception of Climate Change, Impacts and Forest Development in Southern Germany, Climatic Change 130, 273-286

28.    - Yousefpour R., Didion M., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., Hengeveld G. M., Schelhaas M. J., Thorsen B. J., Modelling of Adaptation to Climate change and Decision-makers Behaviours for the Veluwe Forest Area in the Netherlands, Forest Policy and Economics 54, 1-10

 – 2014 –

 29.    Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., 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

 – 2013 –

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

 – 2012 –

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

 32.    Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., A Review on Decision-making under Uncertainty and Risk in Forest Management, Annals of Forest Science 69, 1–15

 – 2011 –

33.    Yousefpour R., 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

 – 2010 –

 34.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., Evaluation of Biodiversity for multi-purpose Forest management, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 8, 241-260

 35.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., 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

 – 2009 –

 36.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 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


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