Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Catalina Munteanu





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Postal address


Visiting Scientist



Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'232

+49 (0)30 2093-9453

+49 (0)30 2093-6835

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany


Catalina Munteanu Feb 19

Curriculum Vitae


  Marie Curie Fellow - Conservation Biogegraphy Lab, Geography Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Advisor: Tobias Kümmerle
  Postdoctoral fellow at Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Halle, Germany. Advisor: Daniel Müller

2012 - 2016


PhD, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Advisor: Volker Radeloff


  Research Assistant, Center for Mountain Studies, University of Highlands and Islands, UK

2005 - 2008


Magistra rerum naturalium, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Institute of Geography

2002 - 2008   Diploma in Geography and Foreign Languages, Babeș-Bolyai-University,  Cluj Napoca, Romania, Faculty of Geography

A detailed CV can be found here.


Research interests

The ecological legacy of humans on earth is deeply engraved in the environment today; so as a society, we bear a great environmental responsibility for generations to come. My research aims to understand the land use legacies in our contemporary environment, in order to inform better conservation and land management decisions in the future. My work spans the disciplines of land use science, landscape ecology and conservation science and addresses issues relevant both at global and regional scales.


Personal Interests

I like to spend my free time outdoors (cycling, mountaineering, hiking, skiing or gardening). I am also a practical spirit and enjoy putting my hands at work: whether it is small repairs or handcrafting. I love to cook and share food with friends!




  • Munteanu C, Nita MD, Kamp J, Klein N, Kramer BM, Mueller D, Koshkina A, Prishepov AV, Kuemmerle T (2020): Cold War spy satellite images reveal delayed declines in a keystone steppe species in response to agriculture. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287, 20192897. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2897 
  • Uvsh D, Munteanu C, Potapov P, Bragina E, Radeloff VC, Gelbach S (2020) : Correlates of forest-cover change in European Russia 1989-2012. Land Use Policy, 96, 104648.


  • Nita MD, Munteanu C, Gutman G, Abrudan IV, Radeloff VC (2018): Widespread forest cutting in the aftermath of World War II captured by broad-scale historical Corona spy satellite photography. Remote Sensing of Environment, 204, 322-332.
  • Lieskovský J, Kaim D, Balázs P, Boltižiar M, Chmiel M, Grabska E, Munteanu C, … Radeloff VC (2018): Historical land use dataset of the Carpathian region (1819–1980). Journal of Maps, 14(2), 644-651. DOI:10.1080/17445647.2018.1502099
  • Munteanu C, Pidgeon A, Radeloff V C (2018): Bird conservation in the Carpathian Ecoregion in light of long term land use trends and conservation responsibility. Biodiversity and Conservation, 8, 2051-2068.


  • Loran C, Munteanu C, Verburg P H, Schmatz D, Bürgi M, Zimmermann N (2017): Long-term change in drivers of forest cover expansion: an analysis for Switzerland (1850-2000), Regional Environmental Change, 17, 2223–2235, DOI:10.1007/s10113-017-1148-y
  • Feurdean A, Munteanu C, Kuemmerle T, Nielsen AB, Hutchinson SM, Ruprecht E, Persoiu A, Parr K, Hickler T (2017): Long-term land-cover/use change in a traditional farming landscape in Romania inferred from pollen data, historical maps and satellite images, Regional Environmental Change, 17, 2193-2207, DOI:10.1007/s10113-016-1063-7
  • Munteanu C, Kuemmerle T, Boltiziar M, Halada L, Kaim D, Király G, Konkoly-Gyuró E, Kozak J, Lieskovsky J, Mojses M, Müller D, Ostafin K, Ostapowicz K, Radeloff VC (2017): Nineteenth-century land-use legacies affect contemporary land abandonment in the Carpathians, Regional Environmental Change, 17, 2209–2222.


  • Butsic V, Munteanu C, Griffiths P, Knorn J, Radeloff V C, Lieskovský J, Müller D, Kuemmerle T (2016): The impact of protected areas on forest disturbance in the Carpathian Mountains 1985-2010. Conservation Biology, 31, 570-580,
  • Alix-Garcia J, Munteanu C, Zhao N, Potapov AV, Prishchepov AV, Radeloff VC, Krylov A, Bragina E (2016): Drivers of forest cover change in Eastern Europe and European Russia, 1985–2012, Land Use Policy 59, 284-297
  • Munteanu C, Nita M D, Abrudan IV, Radeloff VC (2016): Historical forest management in Romania is imposing strong legacies on contemporary forests and their management. Forest Ecology and Management, 361: 179-193, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.11.023
  • Kaim, D., J. Kozaka, N. Koleckaa, E. Ziółkowskaa, K. Ostafina, K. Ostapowicza, U. Gimmi, C. Munteanu, and V.C. Radeloff (2016): Broad scale forest cover reconstruction from historical topographic maps. Applied Geography, 67: 39-48, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.12.003


  • Munteanu C, Kuemmerle T, Keuler NS, Müller D, Balázs P, Dobosz M, Griffiths P, Halada L, Kaim D, Király G, Konkoly-Gyuró E, Kozak J, Lieskovsky J, Ostafin K, Ostapowicz K, Sandra O, Radeloff VC (2015): Legacies of 19th century land use shape contemporary forest cover. Global Environmental Change, 34, 83–94, DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.06.015


  • Griffith, P., T. Kuemmerle, M. Baumann, V. C. Radeloff, I. V. Abrudan, J. Lieskovsky, C. Munteanu, K. Ostapowicz, and P. Hostert. 2014: Forest disturbances, forest recovery, and changes in forest types across the Carpathian ecoregion from 1985 to 2010 based on Landsat image composites. Remote Sensing of Environment, 151, 72-88, DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2013.04.022
  • Munteanu, C., T. Kuemmerle, M. Boltiziar, V. Butsic, U. Gimmi, L. Halada, D. Kaim, G. Kiraly, E. Konkoly-Gyuro, J. Kozak, J. Lieskovsky, M. Mojses, D. Mueller, K. Ostafin, K. Ostapowicz, O. Shandra, P. Stych, S. Walker, V.C. Radeloff. 2014: Forest and agricultural land change in the Carpathian region - A meta-analysis of long-term patterns and drivers of change. Land Use Policy, 38, 685–697, DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.01.012


A full publication list is included in my CV.