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Prof. Dr. Florian Hartig

Florian Hartig

Head of the Group for Theoretical Ecology
Faculty of Biology and Pre-Clinical Medicine
University of Regensburg
Universitätsstraße 31
93053 Regensburg

phone: +49-941 943-4316
email: florian.hartig@biologie.uni-regensburg.de
room: E4_2_105

Research Interests


My research concentrates on theory, simulation models and statistical methods in ecology, evolution and conservation.

Examples of recent activities include the development of statistical software (e.g. the R packages DHARMa and BayesianTools), model-data integration of dynamic vegetation models (e.g. Hartig et al., 2012), statistical applications and method comparisons (see publication list), and coexistence theory.

Apart from browsing my publications (e.g. google scholar), you can find out more about my recent activities on

Projects and professional activities

- Selected current and past projects

- Professional activities and service

Teaching and outreach

See -> here

Curriculum Vitae

2016-now   W2 Professor at the University of Regensburg
2012-2016   Lecturer at the University of Freiburg
2009-2012   Postdoctoral fellow at the UFZ Leipzig
2006-2009   PhD studies at the UFZ Leipzig and the University of Osnabrück (Applied System Science)
2004-2005   Department of Theoretical Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden
Degree: Master of Science (Theoretical Particle Physics)
2001-2006   Free University Berlin, Germany, Studies in Physics
2000-2001   Naturschutzzentrum Hessen
Civilian Service at the Hessian Academy for Environmental Protection

Selected publications

For a full list of publications see here or (probably more up to date) Google Scholar .


  • Pe’er, G.; Dicks, L. V.; Visconti, P.; Arlettaz, R.; Báldi, A.; Benton, T. G.; Collins, S.; Dieterich, M.; Gregory, R. D.; Hartig, F.; Henle, K.; Hobson, P. R.; Kleijn, D.; Neumann, R. K.; Robijns, T.; Schmidt, J.; Shwartz, A.; Sutherland, W. J.; Turbé, A.; Wulf, F. & Scott, A. V. (2014) EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity. Science, 344, 1090-1092. [journal]
  • Florian Hartig & Carsten F. Dormann (2013) Does” model-free” forecasting really outperform the “true” model? PNAS, 110, E3975. [journal] [arXiv]

  • Hartig, F., Dyke, J., Hickler, T., Higgins, S., O'Hara, R. B., Scheiter, S. & Huth, A. (2012): Connecting dynamic vegetation models to data - an inverse perspective. J. Biogeogr., in press. [journal]
  • Hartig, F., Calabrese, J. M., Reineking, B., Wiegand, T. & Huth, A. (2011): Statistical inference for stochastic simulation models - theory and application. Ecol. Lett. 14, 816-827. [journal] [pdf]
  • Hartig, F. & Drechsler, M. (2009): Smart spatial incentives for market-based conservation. Biol. Conserv. 142, 779-788. [journal] [preprint]



  1. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
  2. Ökologie und Naturschutzbiologie

Theoretische Ökologie

Prof. Dr. Florian Hartig
Raum BIO E4_2.105
Tel +49-941 943-4316

Sekretariat / Secretary
Heike Pfaffenzeller 

Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

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