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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Kathrin Trommler







Research Management




Office location


Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'107




+49 (0)30 2093-6892




+49 (0)30 2093-6848


Postal address


Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany


Curriculum Vitae

Research and professional experience
Since 12/2013

Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Project coordination of the EU FP7 project HERCULES (Sustainable futures for Europe’s heritage in cultural landscapes)


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Project coordination within the Ecosystem Services Research Group (funded by BMBF Social-ecological Research programme)


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Project coordination within the Interdisciplinary Research Group "Global Change - Regional Development"


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Project coordination within the Project "Knowledge for Decision-making Processes - Research on the Relationship between Science, Politics, and Society" (funded by BMBF)


Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

Studies in Cultural Studies (BA/ MA)


Univerzita Karlová, Prag (Czech Republik)

Studies in Social Sciences


Phillips-Universität Marburg

Studies in New German Literature and European Ethnology

Research interests

  • Cultural heritage and regional identity
  • Transdisciplinary landscape management
  • Science communication



HERCULES – Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values

The HERCULES project strives for the empowerment of public and private actors to protect, manage and plan for sustainable cultural landscapes at local, national and pan-European scales. HERCULES has the goal to increase understanding of drivers, patterns and social-ecological values of European cultural landscapes and to use this knowledge to develop, test and demonstrate strategies for their protection, management and planning. Key research aims include the following:

  • Synthesize existing knowledge on the drivers, patterns and outcomes of persistence and change in European cultural landscapes
  • Close knowledge gaps regarding the dynamics and social-ecological values of cultural landscapes
  • Generate tools for landscape observation and modelling in order to understand values of and threats to cultural landscapes in Europe
  • Develop a strong vision of pathways towards protecting landscape services
  • Provide policy makers and practitioners with a cutting-edge Knowledge Hub to guide decision-making for the benefit of cultural landscapes

Collaborative project funded by the European Commission (FP7-ENV.2013.6.2-7, Development of advanced technologies and tools for mapping, assessing, protecting and managing cultural landscapes in rural areas)

Start Date: 01/12/2013

More information on www.hercules-landscapes.eu



Plieninger, T., T. Kizos, C. Bieling, L. Le Dû-Blayo, M.-A. Budniok, M. Bürgi, C. L. Crumley, G. Girod, P. Howard, J. Kolen, T. Kuemmerle, G. Milcinski, H. Palang, K. Trommler, and P. H. Verburg. 2015. Exploring ecosystem-change and society through a landscape lens: recent progress in European landscape research. Ecology and Society 20(2): 5.

Bieling, C., Plieninger, T. & Trommler, K. (2011): Cross the border – close the gap: resilience-based analysis of landscape change (editorial). European Countryside, 3: 1-10. Online available.

Plieninger, T., Bieling, C., Gerdes, H., Ohnesorge, B., Schaich, H., Schleyer, C. Trommler, K. & Wolff, W. (2010): Ökosystemleistungen in Kulturlandschaften - Konzept und Anwendung am Beispiel der Biosphärenreservate Oberlausitz und Schwäbische Alb. Natur und Landschaft, 85(5): 187-192.