Prof. Dr. Ana Bastos

Prof. Dr. Ana Bastos


Talstraße 35, Room 2-16
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 32804


Ana Bastos obtained her PhD in Geophysical and Geoinformation Science from the University of Lisbon in 2015 and is since 2024 a Professor for land-atmosphere interactions at Leipzig University.

In her career, she has conducted research and teaching in Portugal, the USA (Fulbright fellowship), France (LSCE), and Germany (LMU, MPI-BGC). In 2022, she received the Early Career Scientist Award by the Biogeosciences Division of the European Geosciences Union and was granted an ERC Starting Grant to advance understanding about forest vulnerability to compound extremes under climate change.

Beyond Earth System Science research and teaching, Prof. Bastos is engaged in promoting diversity and inclusion and supporting work/private life balance and mental health in academia.

Professional career

  • since 05/2024
    Professor for Land-Atmosphere Interactions, Institute for Earth System Science and Remote Sensing, Leipzig University, DE
  • 04/2020 - 04/2024
    Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, DE
  • 04/2018 - 04/2020
    Scientific assistant (research and teaching), Geography Dept., Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, DE
  • 07/2015 - 03/2018
    PostDoc, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, FR
  • 01/2012 - 06/2015
    PhD in Geophysical and Geoinformation Science, University of Lisbon, PT


  • 09/2007 - 05/2011
    MSc in Environment and Energy Engineering, University of Lisbon, PT

Prof. Bastos overarching scientific goal is to better understand inter-annual to long-term variability in the global carbon-cycle. Her research bridges the disciplines of atmospheric science, ecology and biogeochemistry, from both observation-based and modelling perspectives, to study the links between internal climate variability and ocean-atmosphere-land teleconnections and carbon-cycle dynamics, and the impacts of climate extremes on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem disturbance regimes.

She is currently co-leads the “REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes”, phase 2 (RECCAP-2) project, by the Global Carbon Project, and is a member of the WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse and Earth System Modelling and Observations activities.

  • ForExD - Forest Vulnerability to Compound Extremes and Disturbances in a Changing Climate
    Bastos, Ana Filipa
    Duration: 08/2022 – 08/2027
    Funded by: ERC European Research Council
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Fakultät für Physik und Erdsystemwissenschaften
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