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Jana Eichel

Dr. Jana Eichel

Research, Teaching
Group: Vegetation
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Room: 816, Geb. 10.50
Phone: +49 721 608-44377
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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



  • Paraglacial adjustment and vegetation succession in the Mueller glacier foreland (New Zealand, since 02/2018, funded by the Hanna Bremer foundation
  • BIMODAL project (Biogeomorphic dynamics on lateral moraines in the Turtmann glacier foreland, Switzerland), 11/2014 – 12/2018; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Cartography (Verfahrenskurs Kartographie), Vegetationsökologie, Ökosysteme

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



List of presentations


Contributions in peer-reviewed journals
2020Eichel, J., Draebing, D., Kattenborn, T., Senn, J., Klingbeil, L., Wieland, M., Heinz, E. (2020): Unmanned aerial vehicle-based mapping of turf-banked solifluction lobe movement and its relation to material, geomorphometric, thermal and vegetation properties. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 31, pp. 97–109. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.1002/ppp.2036 PDF

Kattenborn, T., Eichel, J., Wiser, S. K., Burrows, L., Fassnacht, F. E., Schmidtlein, S. (2020): Convolutional Neural Networks accurately predict cover fractions of plant species and communities in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle imagery. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation (RSEC). Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.1002/rse2.146 PDF

Senn, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Eichel, J., Seitz, S., Schmidtlein, S. (2020): A new concept for estimating the influence of vegetation on throughfall kinetic energy using aerial laser scanning. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 10.1002/esp.4820

2019Kattenborn, T., Eichel, J., Fassnacht, F. E. (2019): Convolutional Neural Networks enable efficient, accurate and fine-grained segmentation of plant species and communities from high-resolution UAV imagery. Nature Scientific Reports 9, pp. 17656. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.1038/s41598-019-53797-9 PDF

2018Draebing, D., Eichel, J. (2018): Divergence, convergence and path-dependency of paraglacial adjustment of alpine lateral moraine slopes. Land Degradation and Development 29(6), pp. 1979–1990. 10.1002/ldr.2983

Eichel, J., Draebing, D., Meyer, N. (2018): From active to stable: paraglacial transition of Alpine lateral moraine slopes. Land Degradation and Development 29(11), pp. 4158–4172. 10.1002/ldr.3140

Eichel, J. (2018): Links between life and landscapes. Nature Geosciences 11, pp. 154. 10.1038/s41561-018-0076-x Geostory Competition Winner 2018

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), pp. 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, pp. 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, pp. 98–110. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.06.012

Book chapters
2019Eichel, J. (2019): Vegetation succession and biogeomorphic interactions in glacier forelands. chapter 19, pp. 327–349. In: Heckmann, T., Morche, D. (ed.): Geomorphology of Proglacial Systems: Landform and Sediment Dynamics in Recently Deglaciated Alpine Landscapes. 10.1007/978-3-319-94184-4_19