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Jun.-Prof. Anke Hildebrandt, PhD

Workgroup Group Leader Project Aqua Diva
Jun-Prof. for Ecological Modelling
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
 +49 3641 576189
+49 341 235451973

Hans-Knöll-Straße 10, Room: B2.017


Scientific Career

since 2010

Junior Professor for Ecological Modelling at the Institute of Geoscience, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Scientist at the UFZ, leader of the group ecohydrology


PhD research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
on the ecohydrology of a Seasonal Cloud Forest at the desert margins of the Arabian Peninsula in Oman


Degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Water Resources Management from the Technical University Dresden


Research for the Diploma Thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

Research interests

  • Understanding where roots take up water, and whether this affects water fluxes in the soil
  • Convergence of water flow in vegetation canopies and how it affects soil processes
  • Interpretation of soil moisture patterns and related hotspots of water flow
  • Inverse modelling of soil water flow
  • Relation between ecosystem structure and vertical water flow from atmosphere to soil and vice versa
  • Vegetation dynamics in semiarid climate

Selected publications (chronological)

complete List (download)

Metzger, J., N. Dalla Valle, T. Wutzler, J. Filipzik, R. Lehmann, M. Roggenbuck, D. Schelhorn, J. Weckmüller, K. Küsel, K.U. Totsche, S. Trumbore, Hildebrandt. Tracing spatial variation of canopy water fluxes to the soil with high resolution data. In print in Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11274.

Guderle, M. D. Bachmann, A. Milcu, A. Gockele, M. Bechmann, C. Fischer, C. Roscher, D. Landais, O. Ravel, S. Devidal, J. Roy, A. Gessler, N. Buchmann, A. Hildebrandt. 2017. Dynamic niche partitioning in root water uptake facilitates efficient water use in more diverse plant communities. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12948.

Hildebrandt, A., M. Bechmann, A. Kleidon. 2016. A thermodynamic formulation of root water uptake. 2016. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 20: 3441-3454, doi: 10.51947hess-20-3441-2016.

Renner, M., S. K. Hassler, T. Blume, M. Weiler, A. Hildebrandt, M. Guderle, S. J. Schymanski, and A. Kleidon. 2016. Dominant controls of transpiration along a hillslope transect inferred from ecohydrological measurements and thermodynamic limits. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20: 2063-2083, doi: 10.5194/hess-20-2063-2016.

Fischer, C., Tischer, J., Roscher, C., Eisenhauer, N., Ravenek, J. M., Gleixner, G., Attinger, S., Jensen, B., de Kroon, H., Mommer, L., Scheu, S., Hildebrandt, A. 2015. Plant species diversity affects infiltration capacity in a grassland plant diversity experiment through changes in soil properties. Plant and Soil 397(1-2), 1-16, doi: 10.1007/s11104-014-2373-5.

Guderle, M. and Hildebrandt, A. Using measured soil water contents to estimate evapotranspiration and root water uptake profiles - a comparative study. 2015. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 409-425, doi: 10.5194/hess-19-409-2015.

Milcu, A., W. Eugster, D. Bachmann, M. Guderle, Ch. Roscher, D. Landais, O. Ravel, A. Gessler, M. Lange, A. Ebeling, W. Weisser, J. Roy, A. Hildebrandt, N. Buchmann. 2015. Plant species and functional diversity increase grassland productivity-related water vapour fluxes: a combined Ecotron and modeling approach. Ecology. doi: 10.1890/15-1110.1

Schneider, C. L., S. Attinger, J.-O. Delfs, and A. Hildebrandt. 2010. Implementing small scale processes at the soil-plant interface - the role of root architectures for calculating root water uptake profiles. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 14:279-289. doi: 10.5194/hess-14-279-2010.

Arnold, S., S. Attinger, K. Frank, and A. Hildebrandt. 2009. Uncertainty in parameterisation and model structure affect simulation results in coupled ecohydrological models. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 13:1789-1807. doi: 10.5194/hess-13-1789-2009.

Hildebrandt, A., and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2006. Forest on the edge: Seasonal cloud forest in Oman creates its own ecological niche. Geophysical Research Letters 33:2-5. doi: 10.1029/2006GL026022.