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Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour


Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.)










Current Projects and Research Activities

  •  EU Cost Action "PESFOR-W" Payment for ecosystem services Water (Participant)
  •  EU Cost Action "CONVERGES" Knowledge Conversion for enhancing management of European repaitrian ecosystems and services (Participant and Management Committee)
  •  SNF NRP 73 "Sustainable Economy" Project "DIVES" (WP4 Leader)
  •  WaldKlimaFond Project "BuTaKli" (Associated)
  •  WaldKlimaFond Project "MiStriKli" (WP4 Leader)
  •  Eurpean SumForest project "ForRISK" (Associated)
  •  DFG Graduate School “ConFoBi” (Associated)
  •  EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE action “SuFoRun” (Coordinator)
  •  IUFRO Working Group 4.04.07 "Risk Analysis" (Coordinator)
  •  Annals of Forest Science (Associate Editor)



  • 04.2005–12.2009: Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) "Risk Management in Forestry", University of Freiburg, DE
  • 07.2000-12.2002: MSc "Forestry", University of Tehran, IR                                           
  • 07.1996-06-2000: BSc "Natural Resources Engineering-Forestry", University of Guilan, IR


Professional Career


  • Since     10/2014: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.), University of Freiburg, Freiburg, DE
  • 07/2013–09/2014: Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, DE
  • 05/2013–06/2013: Research Associate, Forest Research Institute 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
  • 05/2005–05/2010: Research Associate (PhD Student), University of Freiburg, DE


  •  Peer-review:

Augustynczik A. L. D., Asbeck Th., Basile M.,Jonker, M., Knuff A., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2020. Reconciling forest profitability and biodiversity conservation under disturbance risk: the role of forest management and salvage logging. Environmental Research Letters (In Press)

Hörl J., Keller K., Yousefpour R., 2020. Reviewing the performance of adaptive forest management strategies with robustness analysis. Forest Policy and Economics 102289. 10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102289

Price C., Sjølie H. K., Yousefpour R., Caurla S., Meilby H., 2020. Optimal Rotations with Declining Discount Rate: Incorporating Thinning Revenues and Crop Formation Costs in a Cross-Euroean Comparison. Forest Policy and Economics 118:102218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102218

Merganič J., Merganičová K., Výbošťok J., Valent P., Bahýľ J., Yousefpour R., 2020. Searching for Pareto Stability of Wind affected Stands by incorporating Timber and Biodiversity Values. Forests 2020, 11, 583; doi:10.3390/f11050583

Yousefpour R., Nakamura N., Matsumura N., 2020. Forest management approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation: A comparison between Germany and Japan. Journal of Sustainable Forestry: https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2020.1771376

Brunette M., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2020. Risk aversion hinders forestry professionals to adapt to climate change. Climatic Change: DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02751-0

Ruiz-Benito P., Vacchiano G., Lines E. R., Reyer Ch. P. O., Ratcliffe S., Morin X., Hartig F., Mäkelä A., Yousefpour R., Chaves J., Benito-Garzón M., Morales-Molino C., Camarero J. J., Jump A. S., Lehtonen A., Ibrom A., Owen H. J. F., Zavala M. A. 2020 Available and missing data to model impact of climate change on European forests. Ecological Modelling 416 (2020) 108870.

Storch I., Penner J., Asbeck Th., Basile M., Bauhus J., Braunisch V., Dormann C. F., Frey J., Gärtner S., Hanewinkel M., Koch B., Klein A-M., Kuss Th., Pregernig M., Pyttel P., Reif A., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Segelbacher G., Schraml U., Staab M., Winkel G., Yousefpour R., 2020. Evaluating the effectiveness of retention forestry to enhance biodiversity in production forests of Central Europe using an interdisciplinary, multi-scale approach. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6003.

Augustynczik A. L. D., Gutsch M., Basile M., Suckow F., Lasch P., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2020. Socially optimal forest management and biodiversity conservation in temperate forests under climate change. Ecological Economics 169(C):106504

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2019. Impacts of climate change on the supply of biodiversity. Allgemeine Forst und Jagd-Zeitung 189. Jg., 11/12. 10.23765/afjz0002031

Etemad S. S., Limaei S. M., Olsson L., Yousefpour R., 2019. Forest management decision-making using goal programming and fuzzy analytic hierarchy process approaches. Journal of Forest Science 65, 368-379.

Merganičová K., Merganič J., Lehtonen A., Vacchiano G., Zorana Ostrogović Sever M., Augustynczik A. L. D., Grote R., Kyselová I., Mäkelä A., Yousefpour Y., Krejza J., Collalti A., Reyer Ch. P. O., 2019. Forest carbon allocation modelling under climate change. Tree Physiology, https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpz105

Petr M., Vacchiano G., Thom D., Mairota P., Kautz M., Goncalves L. M. S., Yousefpour R., Kaloudis S., Reyer C. P. O., 2019. Inconsistent recognition of uncertainty in studies of climate change impacts on forests. Environmental Research Letters, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab4670

Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., 2019. Uncertainty of Carbon Economy Using the Faustmann Model. Journal of Forestry Economics 34, 99–128

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2019. Climate change and the provision of biodiversity in public temperate forests – A mechanism design approach for the implementation of biodiversity conservation policies. Journal of Environmental Management 246, 706-716

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., 2019. Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe. AMBIO, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01190-1

Yousefpour R., You B., Hanewinkel M., 2019. Simulation of Extreme Storm Effects on Regional Forest Soil Carbon Stock. Ecological Modelling 399, 39-53

Yousefpour R., Prinz A., NG C., 2019. Public perceptions of climate change adaptation in Singapore dealing with forecasted sea level rise. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2019.1580140

Baumbach L, Niamir A., Hickler Th., Yousefpour R. 2019. Regional adaptation of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) to drought in Central European conditions considering environmental suitability and economic implications. Regional Environmental Change, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01472-0

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., 2018. Balancing forest profitability and deadwood maintenance in European commercial forests - A robust optimization approach. European Journal of Forest Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10342-018-1153-9

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2018. 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

Augustynczik A. L. D.,Asbeck Th., Basile M., Bauhus J., Storch I., Mikusiński G., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2018. Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 650, 2717–2730

Mattson J. B., Irauschek F., Yousefpour R., 2018. Gaps in Quantitative Decision Support to Inform Adaptive Management and Learning: a Review of Forest Management Cases. Current Forestry Reports 1-14 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1007/s40725-018-0078-3

Nölte A., Meilby H., Yousefpour R., 2018. 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

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Rodriguez L. C. E., Hanewinkel M., 2018. Conservation Costs of Retention Forestry and Optimal Habitat Network Selection in Southwestern Germany. Ecological Economics 148, 92-102

Yousefpour R., Nabel J., Pongratz J., 2018. Simulating sustained yield harvesting adaptive to future climate change. Biogeosciences, doi.org/10.5194/bg-2017-531

Brunette M., Bourke R., Hanewinkel M., and Yousefpour R., 2018. Economic Perspectives of adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry: a Multiple Correspondence Analysis. Forests 9 (1), 20, doi:10.3390/f9010020

Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., Reyer Ch. P. O., Lasch-Born P., Suckow F., Hanewinkel M., 2018. Realizing Mitigation Efficiency of European Commercial Forests by Climate Smart Forestry. Scientific Reports 8:345, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18778-w

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., 2018. Impact of vegetative emissions on urban ozone and biogenic secondary organic aerosol: Box model study for Berlin, Germany. Journal of Cleaner Production 176, 827-841

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., 2017. A framework for modelling adaptive forest management and decision-making under climate change. Ecology and Society 22(4):40; doi.org/10.5751/ES-09614-220440

Kalbi S., Fallah A., Bettinger P., Shataee Sh., Yousefpour R., 2017. Mixed-effects modeling for tree height prediction models of Oriental beech in the Hyrcanian forests. Journal of Forest Research; doi.org/10.1007/s11676-017-0551-z

Bonn B., Kreuzweiser J., Sander F., Yousefpour R., Baggio T., Adewale O., 2017. 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

Augustynczik A. L. D., Hartig F., Minunno F., Kahle H. P., Diaconu D., Hanewinkel M., Yousefpour R., 2017. 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

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., 2017. Land-use and land-cover change carbon emissions between 1901 and 2012 constrained by biomass observations. Biogeosciences 14, 5053-5067

Radke N., Yousefpour R., von Detten R., Reifenberg S., Hanewinkel M., 2017. Adopting robust decision-making to forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 43

Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., Hanewinkel M., 2017. Pertinence of reactive, active, and robust adaptation strategies in forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 40

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., 2017. Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests? Environmental Research Letter 12-034027

Deng Y., Wang M., Yousefpour R., 2017. 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

Augustynczik A. L. D., Arce J. E., Yousefpour R., da Silva A. C. L., 2016. Promoting harvesting stands connectivity in forest plantations applying Integer Linear Programming and Simulated Annealing, Forest Policy and Economics 73, 120-129

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., 2016. An Ecosystem Service-dominant Logic? - Integrating the ecosystem service approach within service science, Journal of Cleaner Production 124, 51-64

Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2016. Climate change and decision-making under uncertainty, Springer Current Forestry Reports 2, 143-149

Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., 2015. State Foresters’ Perception of Climate Change, Impacts and Forest Development in Southern Germany, Climatic Change 130, 273-286

Yousefpour R., Didion M., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., Hengeveld G. M., Schelhaas M. J., Thorsen B. J., 2015. 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

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., 2012. 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., 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, 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

  • Other Publications:

Kalbi S., Fallah A., Shataee Sh., Bettinger P., Yousefpour R. 2019. Growth and yield models for uneven-aged forest stands managed under a selection system in northern Iran. Eurasian Journal of Forest Sciences 7(3), 321-333

Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Rodriguez L. C. E., Hanewinkel M. 2018. Was kostet es den Forstbetrieb, Strukturen zu erhalten und Habitate optimal zu vernetzen? Researech Letter, ConFoBi Projet. https://confobi.uni-freiburg.de/research-briefs/

Valatin G., …, Yousefpour R., et al. (over 20 authors) 2017. PESFOR-W: Improving the design and environmental effectiveness of woodlands for water Payments for Ecosystem Services. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13828 (30 May 2017) https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e13828

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

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

Jacobsen J. B., Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., 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., et al., 2012. 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., 2009. Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Hybrid Simulation Optimization Models, Dissertation, University of Freiburg, Germany

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

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