PD Dr. Anja Linstädter




Botanical Institute, University of Cologne

Head: Range Ecology and Management Group
Botanical Institute
University of Cologne
Zuelpicher Strasse 47b
(Visitors: Kerpener Str. 59)
D-50674 Cologne, Germany


  • Senior Researcher


Core Research Programme

Research interests:

Functioning & ecosystem services of grazed ecosystems in face of climate change; Harnessing pastoralists' local ecological knowledge for management recommendations; Resilience of pastoral social-ecological systems

Programs and Research Projects:

  • 2.2 Grazing Land Management

Education & Training:

2008-2015: DSc (Habilitation): “Responses of dryland vegetation to Global Change and implications for rangeland management” (University of Cologne, Venia Legendi in botany awarded on January 15th 2015);

1995-2001: PhD “Range ecology of the Kaokoland – structure and dynamics of a Mopane savanna under pastoral-nomadic land use” (University of Cologne, Botanical Institute);

1994: MSc (Diploma, Biology): “Vegetation of the Succulent Karoo (South Africa) along a large-scale climatic gradient” (University of Hamburg, Botanical Institute);

1988-1994: Studies of Biology, University of Hamburg


Spectral indicators of forage quality in West Africa's tropical savannas

Ferner, Jessica | Anja Linstädter, Karl-Heinz Südekum, and Sebastian Schmidtlein

Livelihood security in face of drought

Assessing the vulnerability of pastoral households

Martin, Romina | Anja Linstädter, Karin Frank, and Birgit Müller

How to avoid unsustainable side effects of managing climate risk in drylands

The supplementary feeding controversy

Müller, Birgit | J. Schulze, David Kreuer, Anja Linstädter, and Karin Frank

Caught in a human disturbance trap

Responses of tropical savanna trees to increasing land-use pressure

Ouédraogo, Oumarou | Loyapin Bondéa, Joseph I. Boussima, and Anja Linstädter

Quantifying drylands' drought resistance and recovery: the importance of drought intensity, dominant life history and grazing regime

Ruppert, Jan C. | Keith Harmoney, Zalmen Henkin, Hennie A. Snyman, Marcelo Sternberg, Walter Willms, and Anja Linstädter

Are There Consistent Grazing Indicators in Drylands? Testing Plant Functional Types of Various Complexity in South Africa’s Grassland and Savanna Biomes

Linstädter, Anja | Jürgen Schellberg, Katharina Brüser, Cristian A. Moreno García, Roelof J. Oomen, Chris C. du Preez, Jan C. Ruppert, Frank Ewert

How much climate change can pastoral livelihoods tolerate? Modelling rangeland use and evaluating risk

Martin, Romina | Birgit Müller, Anja Linstädter, and Karin Frank