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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Christian Levers







Office location



Postal address


Postdoctoral researcher




Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'101

+49 (0)30 2093-9341

+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany

About me

I'm Christian Levers, born in 1983 and raised in Duisburg, right on the border of the Ruhr Metropolitan and the Lower Rhine Region. After finishing my highschool at Franz-Haniel-Gymnasium in Duisburg (and doing social service), I decided to study what interested me the most during my high school time: Geography. I always was and still am fascinated by the multitude of topics and the combination of natural and social science.

I am concerned about the speed and intensity of how we transform our natural environment in human-dominated areas and that we do not alter our consumption habits, although we have the knowledge where our current customs will lead us to. My motivation is to contribute a little piece to the progress of realising sustainable land-use practices in the face of a growing world population. To be able to understand the processes behind land-use changes, it is inevitable to understand natural and anthropogenic forces. Against this backdrop, my research mainly focusses on mapping and explaining changing land-use patterns with an emphasis on land-use intensity


What I do in my free time

I like to spend as much time as possible being outside...hiking, beachvolleyball, football. During the winter, I enjoy a match of badminton and practicing kickboxing. One of my biggest passions is travelling and couchsurfing along the way where I am happy to meet new people with different backgrounds and stories to tell.


Research Interest

  • Geostatistical analyses
  • Spatial statistics
  • Algorithmic modelling
  • Land-use transitions
  • Scenario modelling
  • Europe and South America



VOLANTE (http://www.volante-project.eu)

HERCULES (http://www.hercules-landscapes.eu)


Curriculum Vitae

since 2016   Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Geography, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2011 - 2016


Doctoral researcher (02/2011)
Thesis: Understanding spatial patterns of land-system change in Europe

2009 - 2010


Research and teaching assistant
Department of Geography, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2007 - 2009


M.Sc. Geogrpahy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (07/2009)
Thesis: Modeling of groundwater flows and heat transport in a peri-urban river valley flood plain (in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany)

2003 - 2006


B.Sc. Geography, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (09/2006)
Thesis: Investigation of influences on the microclimate of show caves caused by lighting systems shown at the examples of Punkva Cave (Czech Republic) and Jewel Cave (USA)



A detailed CV including a full publication list can be found here.




Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Levers, C., Butsic, V., Verburg, P.H., Müller, D. & Kuemmerle, T. (2016). Drivers of changes in agricultural land-use intensity in Europe. Land Use Policy, 58, pp 380-393. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.08.013
  • Kuemmerle, T., Levers, C., Erb, K., Estel, S., Jepsen, M.R., Müller, D., Plutzar, C., Stürck, J., Verkerk, P.J., Verburg, P.H. & Reenberg, A. (2016). Hotspots of land-use change in Europe. Environmental Research Letters, 11(6), 064020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/6/064020
  • van der Zanden, E.H., Levers, C., Verburg, P.H. & Kuemmerle, T. (2016). Representing composition, spatial structure and management intensity of European agricultural landscapes: A new typology. Landscape and Urban Planning, 150, pp 36-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.02.005
  • Stürck, J., Levers, C., van der Zanden, E.H., Schulp, C.J.E., Verkerk, P.J., Kuemmerle, T., Helming, J., Lotze-Campen, H., Tabeau, A., Popp, A., Schrammeijer, E. & Verburg, P.H. (2015). Simulating and delineating future land change trajectories across Europe. Regional Environmental Change, online first. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-015-0876-0
  • Levers, C., Müller, D., Erb, K., Haberl, H., Jepsen, M.R., Metzger, M.J., Meyfroidt, P., Plieninger, T., Plutzar, C., Stürck, J., Verburg, P.H., Verkerk, P.J. & Kuemmerle, T. (2015). Archetypical patterns and trajectories of land systems in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, online first. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-015-0907-x
  • Verkerk, P.J., Levers, C., Kuemmerle, T., Lindner, M., Valbuena, R., Verburg, P.H. & Zudin, S. (2015). Mapping wood production in European forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 357, pp 228-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2015.08.007
  • Levers, C., Verkerk, P.J., Müller, D., Verburg, P.H., Butsic, V., Leitão, P.J., Lindner, M. & Kuemmerle, T. (2014). Drivers of forest harvesting intensity patterns in Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 315, pp 160-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2013.12.030


A detailed CV including a full publication list can be found here.