Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Christian Klingenfuß


Christian Klingenfuß, M.Sc. Crop Production





Scientific focus:
Soil Science, Peatland Science, Organic Matter, Renaturation of Peatland Soils, Landscape Ecology of Middle Europe, Geography of Vegetation



Personal Dates


Date and place of birth: Mai 31, 1974 in Berlin
Family status: one child





Expected finish of the Ph.D. (“Doctor of Agricultural Sciences”)
Theme of Ph.D. thesis: “Properties and carbon balances of forested peatland soils in Germany”
Master degree in Crop Production
Topic of master thesis: “Application of the decision support system DSS-WAMOS to forested mires in the younger moraine landscape of Upper Bavaria“
State examination in Geography and Biology
Topic of exam thesis: “Historical use and destruction of forests in Brandenburg as the reason for physical landscape changes”




„Stephen C. Zoltai Award” for the distinguished presentation of the oral paper “Realtions between the decomposition of peat and SOC in fens of Northeastern Germany”
2009 - 2012
Elsa-Neuman-Stipend by the state of Berlin
Science award of the "Gregor Louisoder Umweltstiftung" for a distinguished master thesis



Work Experiences


since 2012
Project coordinator at the Division of Soil Science and Site Science at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin
Project: Berlin peatland soils in times of climate change – developing of an adaptation strategy for the protection of the peatland´s ecosystem services. Third-party funds project, Humboldt-Universität of Berlin.


Project: Soil survey and carbon balance of the Möller´sches Luch/Brandenburg. Krombacher climate protection project. (freelance work)
Project: Soil survey of peatlands in the catchment area of the Ressener Mühlenfließ/Schwielochsee and management concept. (freelance work)
Project: Typical soils of kettle hole mires in Brandenburg. (freelance work)





Klingenfuß, C., Roßkopf, N., Walter, J., Zeitz, J.  (2013): Conversion factors SOM to SOC of organic soils. Regular research paper, in prep.
Klingenfuß, C., Zeitz, J.  (2012): Realtions between the decomposition of peat and SOC in fens of Northeastern Germany. Proceeding paper. 14th International Peat Congress (IPS), Stockholm.
Klingenfuß, C., Zeitz, J.  (2011): Pedogenesis and SOC balances of forest and pasture fens soils by comparison. Annual conference of the DBG, online-publikation.  
Burgess, P., Klingenfuß, C., Machalett, B. (2004): Natural and cultural landscape: The Neuenhagener Oderinsel. Genesis and changes of a landscape. Work reports of the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.