Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agricultural Ecology

Prof. Dr. Marcel Robischon

Research interests

  • World Heritage Education
  • Nature conservation and education
  • Intangible natural heritage


Educational background



University of Cambridge, England, Department of Plant Sciences, Ph.D. in Plant Sciences. Ph.D. thesis on cytokinin signaling in plant development in transgenic hybrid aspen.


University of Oxford, England, M.Sc. in Forestry (Forest Genetics) & its Relation to Land use (with Grade „distinction”)


Universität Freiburg, Germany, University Degree in Forest Sciences (Diplom with Grade 1.1)

Academic Career


since 14.01.14

Professor (tenure track) as the Head of the Division of Vocational Teaching in Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, (since 01.04.14 in the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences), at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Visiting Professor in the Agricultural and Horticultural Education Unit, Department of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Lecturer at the University of Education Freiburg, teaching classes in forest ecology, human biology and Island Ecology and Evolution


Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat), Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg. Lectures included ‘Plant Molecular Biology’ and ‘Plant Physiology’. Research in tree secondary growth and development and hormonal signaling in trees


Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Forest Genetics, USDA Forest Service, Davis, California, research in the regulation of wood formation (Scholarship of the USDA Forest Service International Visitor Program, US Ministry of Agriculture)

01.04.04–01.09.04 Researcher at the Office for Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB) studying current developments in genetic engineering of forest trees
01.01.01–01.01.05 Ph.D. student at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Tutor in Ecology, Plant Physiology, at the Jesus College, Cambridge. Surpervising trainees in Plant Physiology and Cell Biology. Tutor in Physiology, Ecology and Cell Biology at diverse Colleges and the University of Cambridge
01.04.99–30.09.99 Research Assistant at the Institute of Tree Physiology, University of Freiburg. Research on effects of atmospheric pollution on European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
01.04.98–30.03.99 Research assistant at Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environment Research Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, studying UV-B radiation effects on Picea abies
01.06.96–30.07.97 Research assistant at the Institute for Forest Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany
01.09.93–30.04.94 Internship of the State Forest Office, Kirchzarten/Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Germany


  • Robischon M. 2017. Environmental and cultural history of the Death’s Head Hawkmoth. Environment and History. - in press
  • Robischon M. 2017. Animal behavioral phenomena are central to the emerging concept of Intangible Natural Heritage. Society and Animals - in Press
  • Robischon M. 2017. Surface-Area-to-Volume Ratios, Fluid Dynamics & Gas Diffusion: Four Frogs & Their Oxygen Flux. The American Biology Teacher 79(1): 64-67.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Smells Like Science: Olfactory Exploration of the Biosphere. The American Biology Teacher 78(8): 657-661.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Teaching Facts with Fiction in Environmental Education, in: Votava, J. and Slavik, M. (Eds.) Interdisciplinary Approaches in Agricultural and Environmental Education; Proceedings of Enter Study Days in Prague, Prague: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, 97-105.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Potential Environmental Impact of Insect-Resistant Transgenic Trees, in: Vettori, C., Fladung, M., Häggman, H., Pilate, G., Gallardo, F., Kazana, V., Migliacci, F. (Eds.) Biosafety of Forest Transgenic Trees. Improving the Scientific Basis for Safe Tree Development and Implementation of EU Policy Directives. Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-017-7529-8.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Do Cytokinins function as a two-way signal between plants and animals? BioEssays 37(4):356–63.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Ghost of the Forest: the Tangible and Intangible in Natural and Cultural Heritage. International Journal of Intangible Heritage 10:20-30.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Blue Tigers, black Tapirs and the Pied Raven of the Faroe Islands. Teaching genetic drift using real-life examples. The American Biology Teacher 77(2):108–12.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Wenn der Schwarm kommt…, in: Lorenz, S./ Stark, K. Hg.): Menschen und Bienen. Ein nachhaltiges Miteinander in Gefahr. München: Oekom-Verlag, S. 73-84.
  • Robischon M. 2014. Hugh's book and Krogh's animals: biodiversity and textbook examples in teaching. Advances in Physiology Education 38(3):195-8.
  • Robischon M. 2014. A Tale of Two Fishes or A Quick Fix for Fick's Law. The American Biology Teacher 76(4):270-1.
  • Robischon M. 2014. Georg Wilhelm Steller’s Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742. 101 Natural History Books You Should Read Before You Die. Journal of Natural History Education & Experience 8:21-3.


Non-academic Publications:
  • Obermaier D. F., Robischon M. 2017. IGA Workcamps "Grüne Berufe". B&B Agrar 2-2017: 20-21.
  • Robischon M. 2017. Botanisches Lernen aus nomenklatorischen Irrtümern. Praxis der Naturwissenschaften Biologie in der Schule 66(2): 43-45.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Der Totenkopfschwärmer – zwischen Aberglaube, Poesie und Biologie. Praxis der Naturwissenschaften Biologie in der Schule 65(8): 24-27.
  • Robischon M. 2016. "Palmengeschichten". Praxis der Naturwissenschaften Biologie in der Schule 65(7): 42-44.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Blütenstaub und Farbenpracht. Garten + Design 02/16:16-18.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Das seltene, allgegenwärtige Grün. Praxis der Naturwissenschaften Biologie in der Schule 65(5):31-37.
  • Robischon M. 2016. Der Baum vom Mond - Cercidiphyllum japonicum. Neue Landschaft 1/16:23-6.
  • Robischon M., Obermaier D. F. 2016. Gut ausgebildete Berufsschullehrer für eine gute Ausbildung im Gartenbau. ZVG Gartenbau Report 42(9):16.
  • Eder A., Robischon M. 2016. Breites Einsatzspektrum an berufsbildenden Schulen. B&B Agrar 4/2016: 25-27.
  • Robischon M., Svensson K. 2015. Akademisierung und Agrarwirtschaft. B&B Agrar 2/15:18-9.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Columba erobert die Welt. Ornis 6/15:18-21.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Pflanzenwissen narrativ vermitteln. DEGA GALABAU 7/15:28-31.
  • Robischon M. 2015. Farne - die vergessenen Begleiter. Neue Landschaft 8/15:41-7.
  • Robischon M. 2014. Der Verlust des Ariadnefadens. Mare 106/14:40-1.


Previous Publications:
  • Robischon M., Du J., Miura E., Groover A. 2011. The Populus Class III HD ZIP, popREVOLUTA, influences cambium initiation and patterning of woody stems. Plant Physiology, First published on December 29th, 2010; 10.1104/pp.110.167007.
  • Du J., Miura E., Robischon M., Martinez C., Groover A. 2011. The Populus Class III HD ZIP Transcription Factor POPCORONA Affects Cell Differentiation during Secondary Growth of Woody Stems. PLoS ONE 6(2): e17458. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017458.