Torben Windirsch

Torben Windirsch

Affiliate Scholar

In 2013 I started to study Geoecology at the University of Potsdam. My Bachelor thesis dealt with permafrost genesis in northwestern Greenland. I continued my studies in a Master program, already focussing on Arctic and global development as well as the role of human involvement in these processes. During this time I worked at the permafrost research laboratories at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, where I also wrote my Master thesis on Siberian permafrost genesis and carbon inventories in 2018. In the following I started my PhD in 2019, investigating the topic "Permafrost Carbon Stabilization by Recreatng a Herbivore-Driven Ecosystem", looking into animal impacts on permafrost and especially permafrost carbon storage as well as potential strategies to preserve permafrost during global climate change. For this, I led two field campaigns (2019 to Chersky-Siberia; 2020 to norhernmost Finland) and joined the Arctic Gouvernance Group at IASS in 2020.

  • 2020: field camaign to northernmost Finland to collect soil samples from different grazin intensities
  • 2019: field campaign to Chersky, Siberia, to collect permafrost samples from different grazing intensities
  • 2019: start of PhD in Arctic Biogeochemistry at the University of Potsdam and at the Alfred Wegener Institute, topic "Permafrost Carbon Stabilizaton by Recreating a Herbivore-Driven Ecosystem"
  • 2016-2018: Master program in Geoecology at the University of Potsdam; Master thesis "Organic Matter Characteristics in a Changing Permafrost Environment: Yukechi Alas Landscape, Central Yakutia" *2013-2016: Bachelor program in Geoecology at the University of Potsdam; Bachelor thesis "Organic Matter Composition of Polygon-Patterned Tundra in the Thule Area (NW Greenland)"

CV Download

  • permafrost carbon storage
  • bio-geo-interactions in terrestrial Arctic environments
  • traditional anmal husbandry in Arctic regions
  • measures and strategies for permafrost conservation

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Windirsch, T., Grosse, G., Ulrich, M., Schirrmeister, L., Fedorov, A. N., Konstantinov, P. Y., Fuchs, M., Jongejans, L. L., Wolter, J., Opel, T., and Strauss, J.:Organic carbon characteristics in ice-rich permafrost in alas and Yedoma deposits, central Yakutia, Siberia; Biogeosciences 17, 3797-3814,, 2020.