Miguel D. Mahecha

Miguel D. Mahecha

Professor and head of the Earth System Data Science group

Leipzig University

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ - Leipzig, Germany

I’m a full professor at Leipzig University. My main scholarly interests are on understanding ecosystem responses to climate extremes as well as the human environment nexus during extremes: I have also been working on understanding macroecological dynamics and ecosystem functioning. My research is based on the latest data-driven research methods. The backbone of our work is the joint exploitation of high-dimensional Earth observations. For instance I have developed the Earth System Data Cube concept over the last years. My aim is always to combine our empirical findings with theoretical and conceptual understanding to understand complex interactions in the Earth system. I am a SSC member of ILEAPS - Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Processes Study a Future Earth Global Research project, member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, and co-spokesperson for the National Research Data Infrastrastructure for Earth System Sciences NFDI4Earth.


  • Effects of climate variability and extremes on ecosystems
  • Earth system data cubes and data science
  • Human environment nexus
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning


  • Full professor, 2020

    Leipzig University

  • Research group leader, 2012

    Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

  • PosDoc, 2010

    Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

  • PhD in Environmental Sciences, 2009

    ETH Zurich

  • Diploma in Geoecology, 2006

    Bayreuth University

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