Christopher Martius

Principal Scientist Climate Change Forests and Environment Center for International Forestry Research, Germany


Christopher Martius received his Ph.D. degree in biology from the University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany. Martius serves as a Principal Scientist for climate change research at the International Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia. Before that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany. He also serves as a Lecturer of agroecology at the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as an Assistant Director for Science Programs at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil. From 2008 to 2009, he was the Head of the CGIAR/ICARDA Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The program won the CGIAR King Baudouin Award for Outstanding Partnership in 2008. Martius, furthermore, represented ICARDA in the Dryland Science for Development (DSD) Consortium which organized the UNCCD’s first scientific conference in 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina ( From 1998 to 2007, Martius served as a Senior Scientist at ZEF, Bonn, Germany. He supervised 30 Ph.D. degree students. He is an Advisory Board Member of the DesertNet International. He has more than 12 years of work experience in tropical ecology (Brazilian Amazonia and African) and in drylands (he coordinated an international, interdisciplinary project on land and water resource management in Central Asia). Martius worked for many years on the role of soil organisms in conservation agriculture and the ecology of termites and their role in the formation of stable organic matter in tropical ecosystems. His research interests focus on the global climate change, the integrated concepts for improving sustainability of land use, and the management of biological soil resources. He has published about 100 articles on tropical ecology, nutrient cycling, soil ecology, and biodiversity in scientific journals.

Biography Updated on 29 November 2013

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