Julia S. Joswig

Julia S. Joswig

Postdoctoral scientist / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences

I am a PostDoc researcher in the RSC4Earth Lab at the Leipzig University. I think patterns of plant function - environment relationships in a changing world are fascinating.

Functional Ecology promises to make these interactions - e.g. heat waves induced by stomatal closure, or land slides - predictable. Three steps are crucial in this journey: (1) Plant function (what a plant “does”) can be captured by their traits, and I want to learn if different data streams (in-situ measured or remotely sensed) inform about similar aspects. (2) Describe how plant traits vary with environmental factors across scales. (3) Identify how trait variation is linked to ecosystem functioning. I joined in to work towards this goal by contributing to the trait-environment relationship at global, ecoregion-scale (Joswig et al. 2022 NEE), tested what gap-filled trait data can be used for (Joswig et al. 2023, GEB). And am now set on the idea to understand how to integrate different data streams examplified for intraspecific diversity of beech forests (1).

My work is plant-based and has contributed conceptual synthesis in this field. I am committed to communicating my research to students, practitioners and the public, e.g. in the form of teaching (UZH), outreach (“Scientifica”, UZH; long night of Science, MPI Jena), projects in the art-science (with Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov at Gleis Dreiviertel, Bern), podcast (BAM, Berlin), the story telling (three minute thesis contest, UZH), and the animation realm (2022 April 2nd,5th Global Science Film Festival Zürich).

PostDoc at Leipzig University | Functional Ecology | PhD University of Zürich | Biologist (Bsc.) and Geographer (Msc.&PhD).


  • hiking / biking / languages
  • plotting / editing / photography
  • coordination / group-building / non-formal education (ERASMUS+)


  • PostDoc with Hannes Feilhauer (RSC4 Earth)*, 2023-

    Leipzig University

  • PostDoc with Prof. Dr. Meredith Schuman (Spatial Genetics)*, 2022-2023

    University of Zürich, UZH

  • Global Signals in plant traits, with Prof. Dr. Meredith Schuman, Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid, Dr. Jens Kattge and Prof. Dr. Miguel Mahecha, 2019-2022

    University of Zürich, UZH

  • Trait-environment relationships with Prof. Dr. Björn Reu, 2016

    Universidad de Santander, UIS, Bucaramanga, Colombia (3 months)

  • Gap-filling for plant trait data with Dr. Jens Kattge, 2014-18

    Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

  • Gap-filling for plant trait data with Dr. Jens Kattge, 2013

    Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

  • Master Thesis, soil science, with Dr. Alexander Tischer, 2012

    Research Station San Francisco Loja, Ecuador

  • ERASMUS stay, 2010/11

    University of Gothenburg

  • Master of Science | Resource Analysis and Management, 2013

    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Bachelor Thesis (Evolutionary Anthropology), Affenberg Salem with Prof. Dr. Julia Ostner and Dr. Oliver Schülke, 2009/10

    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Bachelor of Science Biology, 2010

    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • French Studies (1 semester), 2006

    University of London, Institute in Paris

  • Biology (1 semester), 2006

    Free University of Berlin

Publications (6)