Assist. Prof. DI Dr. Rupert Seidl

e-mail: rupert.seidl(at)

phone: +43 / 1 / 47654 - 4068
fax: +43 / 1 / 47654 - 4092

Institute of Silviculture (Institut für Waldbau)
Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
A-1190 Wien, Peter Jordanstr. 82

room: 02/135 (Schwackhöferhaus, 2nd floor)

Dr. Seidls research interests pivot around forest ecosystem dynamics in general and the role of climate and disturbances in forest ecosystems in particular. His work aims at harnessing concepts of ecosystem dynamics – mostly in the form of simulation models – for sustainable forest management.


To address interactions between climate (change), disturbances, and forest management in his research Dr. Seidl develops simulation models, particularly addressing issues of scaling and complexity in forest ecosystems. Within the framework of a Marie Curie Fellowship at Oregon State University (two years) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (six months) he developed the individual-based forest landscape and disturbance model iLand. iLand unifies approaches from community ecology and ecosystem ecology and simulats disturbance regimes spatially explicit at the landscape scale. In addition, Dr. Seidl is a principal developer of the stand-level forest ecosystem model PICUS, which he used in the assessment of climate change impacts on forest ecosystems in Austria and the development of silvicultural adaptation strategies in a number of research projects.

Dr. Seidls current research focuses on climate-related changes in disturbance regimes, their potential impacts on ecosystem functions and services (e.g. timber production, C storage, biodiversity), and implications for forest management (e.g. in the context of risk management). A team led by Dr. Seidl, for instance, was the first to unravel the drivers of the recently observed continental scale increase in disturbance damages in European forest ecosystems, documenting that climate change has already caused disturbance regimes to intensify, but also highlighting the effect of management-mediated factors such as forest structure and composition on disturbance changes.

Rupert Seidl has won several awards and distinctions for his work and was the first BOKU graduate to receive his doctorate from the Austrian Federal President (promotion sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publica).


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