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Dr. Thomas Asbeck



Tennenbacherstrasse. 4
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau     

Room 4070

Phone. 0761/203-3675
Fax        0761/203-3781










ConFoBi: Subproject A2 Retention of structural elements in selectively used forests


Academic education:

2016 - 2019 Dr.rer.nat (PhD) (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

05/2019 - 07/2019 Research exchange at the University of Idaho, Moscow with Prof. Vierling

2013 - 2015 MSc European forestry (Double Degree, University of Eastern Finland - UEF, Swedish University of Agricultural Science - SLU)

2009 - 2012 BSc Forest and nature conservation (Wageningen University - WUR)



Asbeck, T., Frey, J., 2021. Weak relationships of continuous forest management intensity and remotely sensed stand structural complexity in temperate mountain forests. Eur J Forest Res.
Asbeck, T., Großmann, J., Paillet, Y., Winiger, N., Bauhus, J., 2021. The Use of Tree-Related Microhabitats as Forest Biodiversity Indicators and to Guide Integrated Forest Management. Curr Forestry Rep.
Asbeck, T., 2021. Biodiversity response to forest management intensity, carbon stocks and net primary production in temperate montane forests. Scientific Reports 11.
Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Stitt, J., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Vierling, K.T., 2020. Tree-related microhabitats are similar in mountain forests of Europe and North America and their occurrence may be explained by tree functional groups. Trees.
Asbeck, T., Messier, C., Bauhus, J., 2020. Retention of tree-related microhabitats is more dependent on selection of habitat trees than their spatial distribution. Eur J Forest Res.


Asbeck, T., Pyttel, P., Frey, J., Bauhus, J., 2019. Predicting abundance and diversity of tree-related microhabitats in Central European montane forests from common forest attributes. Forest Ecology and Management 432, 400–408.

Augustynczik, A.L.D., Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Mikusiński, G., Yousefpour, R., Hanewinkel, M., 2019. Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of The Total Environment 650, 2717–2730.
Augustynczik, A.L.D., Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Jonker, M., Knuff, A., Yousefpour, R., Hanewinkel, M., 2020. Reconciling forest profitability and biodiversity conservation under disturbance risk: the role of forest management and salvage logging. Environ. Res. Lett.
Basile, M., Asbeck, T., Jonker, M., Knuff, A.K., Bauhus, J., Braunisch, V., Mikusiński, G., Storch, I., 2020. What do tree-related microhabitats tell us about the abundance of forest-dwelling bats, birds, and insects? Journal of Environmental Management 264, 110401.
Basile M, Asbeck T, Pacioni C, et al (2020) Woodpecker cavity establishment in managed forests: relative rather than absolute tree size matters. Wildlife Biology 2020:.

Bauhus J., Kouki, J., Paillet, Y., Asbeck, T., Marchetti, M. (2017): How does the forest-based bioeconomy impact forest biodiversity? In: Winkel, G. (ed.) Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy – assessment and the way forward. What Science Can Tell Us 8, European Forest Institute, 67-76.

Frey J, Asbeck T, Bauhus J (2020) Predicting Tree-Related Microhabitats by Multisensor Close-Range Remote Sensing Structural Parameters for the Selection of Retention Elements. Remote Sensing, 20
Gustafsson, L., Bauhus, J., Asbeck, T., Augustynczik, A. L. D., Basile, M., Frey, J., … Storch, I. (2019). Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe. AMBIO:  A Journal of the Human Environment, 13. doi:
Kirsch, J.-J., Sermon, J., Jonker, M., Asbeck, T., Gossner, M.M., Petermann, J.S., Basile, M., 2021. The use of water-filled tree holes by vertebrates in temperate forests. Wildlife Biology 2021.
Knuff, A.K., Staab, M., Frey, J., Dormann, C.F., Asbeck, T., Klein, A.-M., 2020. Insect abundance in managed forests benefits from multi-layered vegetation. Basic and Applied Ecology S143917912030092X.
Storch, I., Penner, J., Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Bauhus, J., Braunisch, V., Dormann, C.F., Frey, J., Gärtner, S., Hanewinkel, M., et al. (2020). Evaluating the effectiveness of retention forestry to enhance biodiversity in production forests of Central Europe using an interdisciplinary, multi‐scale approach. Ecology and Evolution .
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