Dr. Stefan Schmidt

Room: IA E6/109
Office hours:

after arrangement

Unit: Environmental Analysis and Planning

Research assistant

Focus of activity

Stefan Schmidt is a landscape ecologist, postdoctoral researcher and research assistant at the Chair for Environmental Analysis and Planning in Metropolitan Regions. In his research work he aims to contribute to the development and application of transdisciplinary approaches for the analysis of socio-ecological systems to support transformative change towards a more balanced relationship between people and nature. His work focuses on the assessment and valuation of nature’s contributions to people, localization of nature-based solutions for sustainable development goals, and knowledge management technologies to effectively exploit and share data, information and knowledge.

Curriculum vitae

Professional experience

  • Since 2020: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 2018 - 2020: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • 2014 - 2017: Scientific employee, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2007: Scientific assistant, South African Weather Service Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2006 - 2007: Scientific consultant, Kunstraum GfK – Vivid Exhibitions, Hamburg, Germany


  • 2019: Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.) Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Science III - Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Geosciences and Computer Science, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2010: Specialisation (Postgrado) Global climate change, Facultad Ingenería Civil, Especialización en Análisis y Gestión Ambiental, Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia 
  • 2010: Specialisation (Postgrado) Meteorology und Ozeanography, Departamento de la Atmosfera y los Oceanos, Argentina
  • 2009: (Dipl.-Geogr.) Physical Geography, Meteorology and Hydrology, Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany


  • SPACEforRIVERS: Providing more space for water bodies, Opportunities and synergies of a nationwide spatial target for water body development (German Environmental Protection Agency)
  • RESI-Lahn: ReWaM joint research project, River Ecosystem Service Index (RESI), practical implementation Lahn (German Federal Ministry for Research and Education)
  • PLANSMART: Intelligent planning and governance of nature-based solutions (German Federal Ministry for Research and Education)
  • OPERAs: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications – Ecosystem science for policy and practice (Seventh framework programme of the European Community)
  • METHODOLOGICAL CONVENTION 3.0: Advancement and extension of methodological convention for the valuation of environmental costs (German Environmental Protection Agency)
  • VALUES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning, and practice (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)
  • GLUES: Global Assessment of Land Use Dynamics, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services, part of the Sustainable Land Management Programme (German Federal Ministry for Research and Education)