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Michael Ewald

MSc Geoökol. Michael Ewald

PhD student
Group: Vegetation
Room: Geb. 10.50, Raum 818
Phone: +49 721 608-47840
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Michael Ewald

Vegetation ecology


  • LiDAR, Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Soil nitrogen critical levels of N-sensitive habitats
  • Patterns and impacts of plant invasions

Curriculum vitae

Since 2014
PhD at the KIT, Karlsruhe in the project DIARS - Detection of invasive plant species and assessment of their impact on ecosystem properties through remote sensing
Research assistent , Biogeographical Modelling, University of Bayreuth
2012 Master of Science in Geoecology, University of Bayreuth
2009 Bachelor of Science in Geoecology, University of Bayreuth


Ewald, M; Bevanda, M; Dupke, C; Heurich, M; Reineking, B; Assessing the Influence of forest structure on roe deer habitat selection using airborne LiDAR; 41st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ), Oldenburg: 05.09.2011 - 09.09.2011


Contributions in peer-reviewed journals
2020Dittrich, A., Roilo, S., Sonnenschein, R., Cerrato, C., Ewald, M., Viterbi, R., Cord, A. F. (2020): Modelling distributions of rove beetles in mountainous areas using remote sensing data. Remote Sensing 12(1). Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.3390/rs12010080 PDF

Ewald, M., Skowronek, S., Aerts, R., Lenoir, J., Feilhauer, H., Van de Kerchove, R., Honnay, O., Somers, B., Garzón-López, C. X., Rocchini, D., Schmidtlein, S. (2020): Assessing the impact of an invasive bryophyte on plant species richness using high resolution imaging spectroscopy. Ecological Indicators 110. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105882

2018Ewald, M., Aerts, R., Lenoir, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Nicolas, M., Skowronek, S., Piat, J., Honnay, O., Garzón-López, C. X., Feilhauer, H., Van de Kerchove, R., Somers, B., Hattab, T., Rocchini, D., Schmidtlein, S. (2018): LIDAR derived forest structure data improves predictions of canopy N and P concentrations from imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing of Environment 211, pp. 13–25. 10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.038

Ewald, M., Skowronek, S., Aerts, R., Dolos, K., Lenoir, J., Nicolas, M., Warrie, J., Hattab, T., Feilhauer, H., Honnay, O., Garzón-López, C. X., Decocq, G., Van de Kerchove, R., Somers, B., Rocchini, D., Schmidtlein, S. (2018): Analyzing remotely sensed structural and chemical canopy traits of a forest invaded by Prunus serotina over multiple spatial scales. Biological Invasions 20(8), pp. 2257–2271. 10.1007/s10530-018-1700-9 PDF

Garzón-López, C. X., Hattab, T., Skowronek, S., Aerts, R., Ewald, M., Feilhauer, H., Honnay, O., Decocq, G., Van de Kerchove, R., Somers, B., Schmidtlein, S., Rocchini, D., Lenoir, J. (2018): The DIARS toolbox: a spatially explicit approach to monitor alien plant invasions through remote sensing. Research Ideas and Outcomes 4(e25301), pp. 1–12. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.3897/rio.4.e25301

Skowronek, S., Van de Kerchove, R., Rombouts, R., Aerts, R., Ewald, M., Warrie, J., Schiefer, F., Garzón-López, C. X., Hattab, T., Honnay, T., Lenoir, J., Rocchini, D., Schmidtlein, S., Somers, B., Feilhauer, H. (2018): Transferability of species distribution models for the detection of an invasive alien bryophyte using imaging spectroscopy data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, pp. 61–72. 10.1016/j.jag.2018.02.001

2017Aerts, R., Ewald, M., Nicolas, M., Piat, J., Skowronek, S., Lenoir, J., Hattab, T., Garzón-López, C. X., Feilhauer, H., Schmidtlein, S., Rocchini, D., Decocq, G., Somers, B., Van de Kerchove, R., Denef, K., Honnay, O. (2017): Invasion by the alien tree Prunus serotina alters ecosystem functions in a temparate deciduous forest. Frontiers in Plant Science 8, pp. 1–11. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.3389/fpls.2017.00179 PDF

Hattab, T., Garzón-López, C. X., Ewald, M., Skowronek, S., Aerts, R., Horen, H., Brasseur, B., Gallet-Moron, E., Spicher, F., Decocq, G., Feilhauer, H., Honnay, O., Kempeneers, P., Schmidtlein, S., Somers, B., Van de Kerchove, R., Rocchini, D., Lenoir, J. (2017): A unified framework to model the potential and realized distributions of invasive species within the invaded range. Diversity and Distributions. 10.1111/ddi.12566

Skowronek, S., Ewald, M., Isermann, M., Van de Kerchove, R., Lenoir, J., Aerts, R., Warrie, J., Hattab, T., Honnay, O., Schmidtlein, S., Rocchini, D., Somers, B., Feilhauer, H. (2017): Mapping an invasive bryophyte species using hyperspectral remote sensing data. Biological Invasions 19(1), pp. 239–254. 10.1007/s10530-016-1276-1 PDF

2016Dupke, C., Bonenfant, C., Reineking, B., Hable, R., Zeppenfeld, T., Ewald, M., Heurich, M. (2016): Habitat selection by a large herbivore at multiple spatial and temporal scales is primarily governed by food resources. Ecography 39, pp. 1–14. 10.1111/ecog.02152

2014Bae, S., Reineking, B., Ewald, M., Müller, J. (2014): Comparison of airborne lidar, aerial photography, and field surveys to model the habitat suitability of a cryptic forest species – the hazel grouse. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(17), pp. 6469–6489.

Ewald, M., Dupke, C., Heurich, M., Müller, J., Reineking, B. (2014): LiDAR Remote Sensing of Forest Structure and GPS Telemetry Data Provide Insights on Winter Habitat Selection of European Roe Deer. Forests 5(6), pp. 1374–1390. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.3390/f5061374 PDF