Dr. Sebastian Johannes Wieneke

Dr. Sebastian Johannes Wieneke

Academic Staff

Modellierungsverfahren in der Fernerkundung
Talstraße 35, Room 2-09
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32808


I am a research associate at the Institute of Geography at the University of Leipzig and a member of the working group "Earth System Data Science" of the "Remote Sensing Center for Earth System Research".

In my research I am engaged in the quantification of the plant photosynthesis rate by using optical remote sensing approaches. My focus lies here on sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, a signal emitted by plants during their photosynthetic light reactions, which can now be detected with innovative high-resolution hyperspectral cameras.

After obtaining my PhD at the University of Cologne (2017) I spent 3 years in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2018 I received my Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant (ReSPEc - 795299) for research on photosynthetic energy balance using innovative remote sensing methods.

Professional career

  • 01/2017 - 06/2017
    PostDoc, University of Bonn
  • 07/2017 - 09/2020
    PostDoc, University of Antwerp
  • since 09/2020
    Research Associate, Universität Leipzig


  • 04/2005 - 12/2011
    Studies in Geographie, Marburg
  • 02/2012 - 12/2016
    PhD, University of Cologne

The research questions I in particular work on are:

  • The scalability of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from leaf to the canopy.
  • The relationship between sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis under different stress conditions (heat, drought, cold, nutrient limitations).
  • The quantification of non-photochemical quenching by optical remote sensing approaches.

  • Seminar for module 12-GGR-B-PG09: Research and Practice Problems in Physical Geography / Geoecology

    Ziel dieses Seminares ist, dass die Studierenden ein grundlegendes Verständnis für die Forschungsgeschichte, Folgen, Risiken und Perspektiven des Klimawandels in Deutschland erlangen. Nach erfolgreicher Teilnahme sollen die Studierenden in der Lage sein, Literaturquellen für eine kritische Bearbeitung dieses Themenkomplexes zu analysieren, zu synthetisieren und die Ergebnisse in Form von Präsentationen darstellend zu beurteilen.