Dr. Claudia Guimarães-Steinicke

Dr. Claudia Guimarães-Steinicke

Research Fellow

Fernerkundung in der Geo- und Ökosystemforschung
Talstraße 35, Room 0-25
04103 Leipzig


I’m a PostDoc at Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research, Leipzig University. I am a plant ecologist fascinated by remote sensing technology. I am interested in how biodiversity impacts temporally and spatially ecosystem functions. I am interested in using remote sensing (such as terrestrial laser scanning and hyperspectral signals) and machine learning techniques to predict biodiversity ecosystem-functioning relationships.

Professional career

  • since 05/2022
    Postdoctoral fellow at the Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research, University of Leipzig.
  • 03/2011 - 12/2013
    Research assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig, Dept. Conservation Biology (Working Group "Population Ecology and Landscape Structure" – Project Scales)
  • since 04/2011
    Staff member of Neotropical Institute – Research and Conservation in Brazil
  • 03/2011 - 09/2011
    Internship at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena. (Dept. of Biochemical Processes)
  • 02/2008 - 08/2009
    Internship at the “Conservation Science Internship Program” of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Curitiba, Brazil


  • 04/2015 - 06/2022
    PhD student at the University of Leipzig, Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity.
  • 10/2010 - 04/2013
    Master degree in Global Change Ecology Graduate Program at the Univerisity of Bayreuth.
  • 02/2000 - 12/2003
    Bachelor and Licentiate of Science in Biologie at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil

I am a plant ecologist fascinated by biodiversity and remote sensing techniques. I am a Postdoctoral fellow at the Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research, University of Leipzig. Currently, I work on the Breathing Nature project, which investigates the interactions between biodiversity and climate change. For that, I use terrestrial sensing, such as terrestrial laser scanning.

  • FOR 1451: Teilprojekt: The Jena Experiment: Intra-annual stability of spatial and temporal niche complementarity in temperate grasslands
    Wirth, Christian
    Duration: 06/2010 - 12/2018
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Spezielle Botanik und funktionelle Biodiversität
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more projects

  • Barry, K.; van Ruijven, J.; Mommer, L. et al.
    Limited evidence for spatial resource partitioning across temperate grassland biodiversity experiments
    Ecology. 2019. 101 (1).
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  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C.; Weigelt, A.; Ebeling, A.; Eisenhauer, N.; Duque-Lazo, J.; Reu, B.; Roscher, C.; Schumacher, J.; Wagg, C.; Wirth, C.
    Terrestrial laser scanning reveals temporal changes in biodiversity mechanisms driving grassland productivity
    2019. pp. 133-161
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more publications


  • Introduction to Geoinformatics
  •    Geographic Information Systems
  •    Biogeography and temporal processes of the biosphere

  • Biogeography and temporal processes of the biosphere

    12-GGR-M-PG01N - Methods and concepts of biogeography, geomorphology and quaternary research

  • Geographic Information Systems

    12-GGR- B-GF05 - Introduction to Geoinformatics

  • Introduction to Geoinformatics

    12-GGR- B-GF05 - Introduction to Geoinformatics