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Dr. Stefan Kaufmann

 Stefan Kaufmann      Dr. Stefan Kaufmann


Research interests

1) Plant ecology and ecophysiology

2) Diversity of vascular plants and cryptogams (bryophytes and lichens)

3) Factors influencing plant diversity in temperate forest ecosystems 

4) Effects of forest management on plant diversity

5) Natural forest dynamics


Curriculum vitae

Since 2018

Research Assistant (Akademischer Rat) at the Chair of Applied Vegetation Ecology, University Freiburg


2013 – 2018

PhD study at the Department of Plant Ecology, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Göttingen

Degree obtained: Dr. rer. nat.


2010 – 2012

Study of botany at the University of Graz (Austria)

Degree obtained: Mag. rer. nat.


2005 – 2010

Study of biodiversity and ecology at the University of Graz (Austria)

Degree obtained: Bakk. rer. nat.



  • Kaufmann S, Funck S-K, Paintner F, Asbeck T, Hauck M (2021) The efficiency of retention measures in continuous-cover forestry for conserving epiphytic cryptogams: a case study on Abies alba. Forest Ecology and Management 502: 119698.
  • Kortmann, M., Müller, J. C., Baier, R., Bässler, C., Buse, J., Cholewińska, O., Förschler, M. I., Georgiev, K. B., Hilszczański, J., Jaroszewicz, B., Jaworski, T., Kaufmann, S., Kuijper, D., Lorz, J., Lotz, A., Łubek, A., Mayer, M., Mayerhofer, S., Meyer, S., … Thorn, S. (2021). Ecology versus society: Impacts of bark beetle infestations on biodiversity and restorativeness in protected areas of Central Europe. Biological Conservation, 254, 108931.
  • Kaufmann, S., Hauck, M. & Leuschner, C. (2019). Vertical variation in epiphytic cryptogam species richness and composition in a primeval Fagus sylvatica forest. Journal of Vegetation Science, 30: 881-892. 
  • Kaufmann, S., Hauck, M. & Leuschner, C. (2018). Effects of natural forest dynamics on vascular plant, bryophyte, and lichen diversity in primeval Fagus sylvatica forests and comparison with production forests. Journal of Ecology, 106: 2421-2434.
  • Kaufmann, S., Hauck, M. & Leuschner, C. (2017). Comparing the plant diversity of paired beech primeval and production forests: Management reduces cryptogam, but not vascular plant species richness. Forest Ecology and Management, 400: 58-67.
  • Kaufmann, S. & Berg, C. (2014). Bryophyte ecology and conservation in the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus. Herzogia, 27: 165-187.