Dr. Mathias Ulrich

Dr. Mathias Ulrich

Research Fellow

Institut für Geographie
Institutsgebäude
Johannisallee 19, Room 234
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32962
Fax: +49 341 97-32799

Abstract

I am a research associate at the Institute for Geography. An essential part of my research activities in arctic and subarctic permafrost landscapes is the methodical connection of different geoscientific disciplines with remote sensing and GIS as core tools as well as the integration of social science methods and data. The focus of my teaching lies in geoinformatics, physical geography and remote sensing. The scientific expertise that I acquired during my diploma thesis (2005-2006), doctorate (2008-2011) and postdoc phase (2011-2012) at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, as DFG research project manager (2013-2016) and employee at the University of Leipzig (since 2013), as well as during several months of research stays in Alaska (2013) and Japan (2018), comprises three thematic priorities: (a) human-environment interactions, (b) geomorphology and landscape development and (c) (paleo-) environmental reconstruction.

Professional career

  • since 11/2019
    Research associate at the Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig, Professorship for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing
  • 11/2018 - 10/2019
    Research associate at the Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig, Professorship Physical Geography
  • 06/2017 - 10/2018
    Research associate, Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig – Project management BMBF Project "MULTIPP", ID: 01DH17020
  • 05/2013 - 05/2017
    Research associate at the Institute for Geography, University of Leipzig – PostDoc project: “Short and long-term thermokarst dynamics due to climate changes and human impacts in Central Yakutia, Siberia” (ID: DFG-UL 426/1-1)
  • 11/2011 - 10/2012
    Research associate (PostDoc) at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, within the German Helmholtz Alliance “Planetary Evolution and Life”

Education

  • 04/2008 - 10/2011
    PhD student at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research Potsdam and University of Potsdam, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science
  • 10/2006 - 03/2008
    Study of mathematics, University of Leipzig (unfinished)
  • 10/1999 - 09/2006
    Study of geography (minor: geology, biology) at University of Leipzig Degree: Diploma, Geography

My research includes geomorphology, modern and Holocene landscape development and environmental changes as well as human-environment interaction in permafrost regions of Siberia, Alaska and Northern Europe.

For the majority of my studies, I conduct geomorphological, sedimentological, hydrological and geo-ecological field research on a wide variety of landscape forms. A crucial part of my research activity, however, is the linking of various geoscientific methods and disciplines using remote sensing, geodata analysis and geographic information systems as core tools. This gives me the opportunity to capture information about processes and landscape conditions on different temporal and spatial scales.

For a comprehensive understanding of landscape processes and ecosystem connections, I always try to consider the entire landscape context. Therefore, the direct combination of geosciences and social sciences in particular has moved more into my scientific focus. I see this as an essential task to improve the understanding of landscape systems that have always been influenced by strong human-environment interactions. In addition, the combination of geosciences and social sciences represents an essential part of landscape and environmental reconstruction and also the modeling of future landscape and land use development.

  • Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan (Long-term) (FY2018 JSPS)
    Ulrich, Mathias
    Duration: 07/2018 - 09/2018
    Funded by: Andere ausländische öffentliche Forschungsförderer
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physische Geographie
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  • Permafrost and Culture (PaC): Integrating environmental, geo-, and social sciences to assess permafrost dynamics and indigenous land use
    Ulrich, Mathias
    Duration: 12/2014 - 12/2019
    Funded by: Andere ausländische öffentliche Forschungsförderer
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physische Geographie
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  • Short and long-term thermokarst dynamics due to climate changes and human impacts in Central Yakutia, Siberia
    Ulrich, Mathias
    Duration: 05/2013 - 04/2016
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Physische Geographie
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more projects

  • Windirsch, T.; Grosse, G.; Ulrich, M.; Schirrmeister, L.; Fedorov, A.; Konstantinov, P. Y.; Fuchs, M.; Jongejans, L. L.; Wolter, J.; Strauss, J.
    Organic Carbon Characteristics in Ice-rich Permafrost in Alas and Yedoma Deposits, Central Yakutia, Siberia
    Biogeosciences. 2020. pp. 3797-3814
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  • Ulrich, M.; Matthes, H.; Schmidt, J.; Fedorov, A.; Schirrmeister, L.; Siegert, C.; Schneider, B.; Strauss, J.; Zielhofer, C.
    Holocene thermokarst dynamics in Central Yakutia - A multi-core and robust grain-size endmember modeling approach
    Quaternary Science Reviews. 2019. pp. 10-33
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  • Ulrich, M.; Matthes, H.; Schirrmeister, L.; Schuetze, J.; Park, H.; Iijima, Y.; Fedorov, A. N.
    Differences in behavior and distribution of permafrost-related lakes in Central Yakutia and their response to climatic drivers
    Water Resources Research. 2017. 53 (2). pp. 1167-1188
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  • Crate, S.; Ulrich, M.; Habeck, J. O.; Desyatkin, A. R.; Desyatkin, R. V.; Fedorov, A. N.; Hiyama, T.; Iijima, Y.; Ksenofontov, S.; Meszaros, C.; Takakura, H.
    Permafrost livelihoods: A transdisciplinary review and analysis of thermokarst-based systems of indigenous land use
    Anthropocene. 2017. pp. 89-104
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  • Jongejans, L. L.; Liebner, S.; Knoblauch, C.; Mangelsdorf, K.; Ulrich, M.; Grosse, G.; Tanski, G.; Fedorov, A. N.; Konstantinov, P. Y.; Windirsch, T.; Wiedmann, J.; Strauss, J.
    Greenhouse gas production and lipid biomarker distribution in Yedoma and Alas thermokarst lake sediments in Eastern Siberia
    Global Change Biology. 2021. 27 (12). pp. 2822-2839
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more publications

As a lecturer at the Institute for Geography, I try to pass on my knowledge of modern methods and current scientific questions, my own positive research experience and my enthusiasm for various research topics to the students. That is why I consider project-specific work and method teaching to be an important part of teaching and I am very keen to contribute my own scientific activities in the supervision of students and graduates at the University of Leipzig. My previous teaching at the Universities of Potsdam and Leipzig was primarily focused on teaching the basics and applications of remote sensing, geoinformatics, physical geography and geomorphology in the form of seminars, exercises and practical courses in the field.