Environmental Physiology and Functional Ecology 

Dr. Maik Veste 

I am researcher at CEBra - Center of Energy Technology of Brandenburg e.V., Cottbus and lecturer at the University of Hohenheim. My research and teaching employs an integrative approach that merges plant ecophysiology and ecosystem processes, with the aim of understanding how plants and ecosystems are affected by environmental stress and disturbances. 

Niewouldtville, Northern Cape, South AfricaPost-mining sites Lusatia, BrandenburgNorthern Cape, South AfricaResearch in the South African drylandsDesert agricultural research station Yotvata, Southern Arava, IsraelSouthern Negev, IsraelExpedition Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South AfricaLiving in the Namib desert, NamibiaCentral Negev, Israel

As an plant ecophysiologist  I  spent many years the Succulent Karoo (South Africa), the Namib desert (Nambia), the Negev (Israel) and other drylands to understand the adapatation of plants and microorganisms under extreme environmental conditions. A key question is the integration of plant ecophysiology into ecosystem functioning. We investigate photosynthesis, gas exchange, soil-plant interactions of desert plants as well the ecologcial functions of biological soil crusts. Presently, my research focus is on ecophysiology and ecosystem processes in reclaimed ecosystems in the temperate zone of Europe and understanding tree-crop interactions in the drylands of South Africa. 


  • Study of biology (botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry) at the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster
  • PhD at the University of Hohenheim, Thesis Ecological behaviour of desert plants - Integration of ecophysiological adaptation strategies from plants to ecosystems.
  • Lecturer for ecophysiology and ecosystem processes
    at the University of Hohenheim
  • For more information please Maik´s CV or Researchgate profile 

Teaching at University of Hohenheim

  • Modul 2101-420: Stoffflüsse und ihre Regulation in Pflanzen und Ökosystemen, Masterstudiengang Agrarbiologie und Biologie
  • Modul 2101-211. Vorlesung Ökophysiologie der Pflanzen, Studiengang Biologie (Bachelor)
  • Modul 2101-501: Vorlesung Zonobiomes of the World and Plant Geography - Desert Ecosystems, Studiengang Earth Systems Science (Master), Earth and Climate System Science (Master)
  • Overview
  • Bachelor- and Master thesis - BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and University of Hohenheim

Gas exchange measurementsStress physiology - application of chlorophyll fluorescenceUsing spectral reflectance sensors to determine NDVI and PRI of biocrustsGreenhouse experimentField work in NamibiaMicroclimate and evapotranspiration measurementsInvestigations of stand strructure - leaf area measurementsAutomatic minirhizotron for investigations of fine-root dynamicsDetermination of chlorophyll content


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