Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Christian Levers







Office location



Postal address


Visiting Scientist




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 am a Physical Geographer by training with almost ten years of work experience in the fields of environmental geography and sustainability science. My broad research interests lie in identifying pathways toward sustainable human-environment systems in light of global change. I specialise in spatially explicit, large-scale land-system assessments to better understand patterns, determinants, and consequences of land-management practices. For my research, I make intensive use of existing, spatially explicit data sets at various spatial scales, combining them in novel ways to answer my research questions. Therefore, I mainly rely on quantitative methods, such as land-change (simulation) models, frequentist and machine learning regression techniques, or spatial statistics, preferably using the statistical programming language R for data pre-processing, analysis, and visualisation. Regionally, my research focus is on Europe and South America.



Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals


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. Archetypical Patterns and Trajectories of Land Systems in Europe. Reg Environ Change 2018, 18, 715–732. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-015-0907-x

Levers, C.; Schneider, M.; Prishchepov, A. V.; Estel, S.; Kuemmerle, T. Spatial Variation in Determinants of Agricultural Land Abandonment in Europe. Science of The Total Environment 2018, 644, 95–111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.326

Levers, C.; Müller, D. Mapping Export-Oriented Crop Production. In Telecoupling - Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World; Friis, C., Nielsen, J. Ø., Eds.; Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: London, UK, 2019, pp 89–113. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11105-2_5

Romero‐Muñoz, A.; Benítez‐López, A.; Zurell, D.; Baumann, M.; Camino, M.; Decarre, J.; Castillo, H.; Giordano, A. J.; Gómez‐Valencia, B.; Levers, C.; Noss, A. J.; Quiroga, V.; Thompson, J. J.; Torres, R.; Velilla, M.; Weiler, A.; Kuemmerle, T. Increasing Synergistic Effects of Habitat Destruction and Hunting on Mammals over Three Decades in the Gran Chaco. Ecography 2020, 43 (7), 954–966. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05053

Rufin, P.; Levers, C.; Baumann, M.; Jägermeyr, J.; Krueger, T.; Kuemmerle, T.; Hostert, P. Global-Scale Patterns and Determinants of Cropping Frequency in Irrigation Dam Command Areas. Global Environmental Change 2018, 50, 110–122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.011