Curriculum Vitae


Matthias was born in Zittau, Germany. He studied Geography (BSc) and Geoinformatics (MSc) with a focus on remote sensing and hydrological modelling at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He had several research stays at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and performed his doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena. Thereby he focused on remote sensing and modelling of global vegetation trends. He received the PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) degree from the University Jena in 2015. Since 2016, Matthias is working as a PostDoc at the Remote Sensing Research Group at TU Wien.

Professional research experience

since 2016 | TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
PostDoc at Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing Group

2011-2015 | Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
PhD candidate, later PostDoc at Department of Biogeochemical Integration

2009-2010 | Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Scientific assistant at Department for Earth Observation

2009-2010 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Internships/visiting student at Research Domain Earth System Analysis

2004-2005 | Klett-Perthes Publisher, Germany
Freelancer to author educational material on climate


2015 | PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) | Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Thesis: Controls on Global Greening, Phenology, and the Enhanced Seasonal CO2 Amplitude – Integrating Decadal Satellite Observations and Global Ecosystem Models, Grade: summa cum laude
Referees: Prof. Dr. M. Reichstein, Prof. Dr. C. Schmullius, Prof. Dr. W. Lucht

2008-2010 | M.Sc. | Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Master study of Geoinformatics

2005-2008 | B.Sc. | Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Bachelor study of Geography

Awards and stipends

2018 | Best Paper Award by the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation of TU Wien
Awarded paper: Forkel et al. 2017 GMD

2016-2018 | Living Planet Fellowship by the European Space Agency

2016 | Beutenberg Campus Science Award, Jena, Germany
Best PhD thesis in Life Sciences and Physics in 2015