Dr. Anna Katharina Franke

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Am Burghof 3
D-99947 Mülverstedt

Phone: +49.3602.21.59845
Fax:     +49.3602.21.59844
Mobil:   +49.176.43848559

E-mail: anna.franke[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

Since 2020 Local manager of the biodiversity exploratory team in Hainich-Dün
2016- 2020 Academic staff member at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Department Institute of Biomedicine of Aging)
2019   Graduation doctoral degree Dr. rer. nat. at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Topic of the thesis: Climate-induced growth response and tree-line shifts of boreal conifers in the alpine and polar tree-line ecotone in Finnish Lapland.
2014- 2015 PhD-related collaboration and research at the Natural Resources Institute Finland Luke (previous METLA) in Rovaniemi / Finland
2013   Graduation Master of Science Physische Geographie at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Topic of the master thesis: Oak mortality in Lower Franconia caused by backwater-induced hypoxia.

Research interest

I am interested in forest ecology, in particular the response of forests to changing climate and environment. During my master thesis, I studied in cooperation with the LWF Freising oak mortality in Lower Franconia, being predominantly induced by backwater-induced hypoxia. Information derived from soil conditions, crown defoliation and remote sensing data were used to test the relation between hypoxia and mortality statistically.
In my PhD thesis, I studied in cooperation with the Natural Resources Institute Luke (previous Metla) climate-induced growth response and regeneration success of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H.Karst) in the tree-line ecotone of Finish Lapland. This was done by a multi-methodological approach in order to detect growth responses and tree-line relocations on varying temporal and spatial scales: Growth and regeneration were examined by plot-based field monitoring and dendroecological sampling, while vegetation indices derived from satellite-based datasets indicated changes in tree-line position and vegetation density. Based on the research results, I am highly interested in external disturbance regimes as regulating factors for successful regeneration in tree-line locations, or for increasing mortality rate masking the benefits of climate warming.


  • 2018-2020: SCOPE Screening for CKD among older people across Europe.
  • 2016-2020: SPRINT-T Sarcopenia and Physical Frailty in older people – multi-component treatment strategies
  • 2014-2019: Climate-induced growth responses and tree-line shifts of boreal conifers in the alpine and polar tree-line ecotone in Finnish Lapland (DAAD)



  • Franke, A.K.; Feilhauer, H.; Bräuning, A.; Rautio, P.; Braun, M.: Remotely sensed estimation of vegetation shifts in the polar and alpine tree-line ecotone in Finnish Lapland during the last three decades. Forest Ecology and Management 454, 2019, 117668 more…


  • Franke, A.K.; Bräuning, A.; Timonen, M.; Rautio, P.: Growth response of Scots pines in polar-alpine tree-line to a warming climate. Forest Ecology and Management 399, 2017, 94-107 more…


  • Franke, Anna; Aatsinki, Pasi; Hallikainen, Ville; Huhta, Esa; Hyppönen, Mikko; Juntunen, Vesa; Mikkola, Kari; Neuvonen, Seppo; Rautio, Pasi: Quantifying changes of the coniferous forest line in Finnish Lapland during 1983–2009. Silva Fennica 49 (4), 2015 more…



Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forst LWF. 2013. Schadensumfang und Schadensursachen – Teilbericht zu: „Untersuchungen und Maßnahmen zum Erhalt der Eichenbestände im Bereich der Fränkischen Platte“. Teilbericht zur Masterarbeit 2013, Freising. (unveröffentl.)