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Dr. Jana Eichel

Forschung, Lehre
Gruppe: Vegetation
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Jana Eichel

Biogeomorphology, para- and periglacial geomorphology, vegetation ecology


  • Biogeomorphology and ecogeomorphology
  • Vegetation dynamics, plant traits, ecosystem engineering
  • Paraglacial, periglacial and high mountain geomorphology (Swiss and New Zealand Alps)
  • Scales and concepts in geomorphology and ecology

Curriculum vitae

Since 2017 Researcher (Postdoc) at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2015-2016 Researcher in the BIMODAL project (Biogeomorphic dynamics on lateral moraines in the Turtmann glacier foreland, Switzerland), University of Bonn
2013-2016 PhD student and lecturer in the Geomorphological and Environmental Research Group (Prof. Dr. Richard Dikau), Department of Geography, University of Bonn. PhD thesis: Biogeomorphic dynamics in the Turtmann glacier forefield, Switzerland
2012-2013 Freelancer (Zumbroich GmbH, Bonn). Monitoring of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive
2011 Diploma in Geography (University of Bonn). Diploma thesis: Geomorphologische Aktivität und Vegetationssukzession im Vorfeld des Turtmanngletschers, Wallis, Schweiz



BIMODAL project (Biogeomorphic dynamics on lateral moraines in the Turtmann glacier foreland, Switzerland), 11/2014 – 05/2017; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Cartography (Verfahrenskurs Kartographie)

Undergraduate courses at the University of Bonn: Introduction to Biogeomorphology, Physical Geography, Field course Physical Geography



List of presentations


Beiträge in referierten Zeitschriften
2017Draebing, D., Eichel, J. (2017): Spatial Controls of Turf-Banked Solifluction Lobes and Their Role for Paraglacial Adjustment in Glacier Forelands. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 28(2), S. 446–459. 10.1002/ppp.1930

Eichel, J., Draebing, D., Klingbeil, L., Wieland, M., Eling, C., Schmidtlein, S., Kuhlmann, H., Dikau, R. (2017): Solifluction meets vegetation: the role of biogeomorphic feedbacks for turf-banked solifluction lobe development. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 10.1002/esp.4102

2016Eichel, J., Corenblit, D., Dikau, R. (2016): Conditions for feedbacks between geomorphic and vegetation dynamics on lateral moraine slopes: a biogeomorphic feedback window. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41, S. 406–419. 10.1002/esp.3859 Editor's Choice 2016

2013Eichel, J., Krautblatter, M., Schmidtlein, S., Dikau, R. (2013): Biogeomorphic interactions in the Turtmann glacier forefield, Switzerland. Geomorphology 201, S. 98–110. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.06.012