wolfgang buermann

Wolfgang Buermann

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951496
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Wolfgang Buermann is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and also holds a Professor position in the Institute of Geography at the Augsburg University in Germany. His research is broadly aimed towards a better understanding of climate ecosystem interactions under a changing climate.
He has a strong focus in the monitoring and understanding of emerging ecosystem and carbon cycle responses to climate change, especially in northern latitudes, combining satellite Earth observations and modeling approaches. He also conducts biogeographic studies, in collaboration with biologists and epidemiologists, to better understand pattern of biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases and how these are affected under climate change.

Research Interests

My research focuses on what controls the exchanges of energy, water and carbon between land surfaces and the atmosphere and how it pertains to vegetation dynamics. This research is relevant to several environmental problems, including understanding changes in near-surface climate, pattern of biodiversity and the carbon cycle.

Recent Publications

Buermann, W. et al. Widespread seasonal compensation effects of spring warming on northern plant productivity. Nature, 562110114, 2018.

E Gloor, C Wilson, MP Chipperfield, F Chevallier, W Buermann, et al. Tropical land carbon cycle responses to 2015/16 El Niño as recorded by atmospheric greenhouse gas and remote sensing data. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 373, 20170302, 2018.

Buermann, W., C. Beaulieu, B. Parida, D. Medvigy, G. J. Collatz, J. Sheffield and J. L. Sarmiento, Climate-driven shifts in continental net primary production implicated as a driver of a recent abrupt increase in the land carbon sink, Biogeosci., 13, 1597–1607, 2016.

O’Sullivan, M, A Rap, CL Reddington, DV Spracklen, M Gloor and W. Buermann, Small global effect on terrestrial net primary production due to increased fossil fuel aerosol emissions from East Asia since the turn of the century. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43 , 8060-8067, 2016.

Buermann, W., B.R.Parida, M. Jung, G. MacDonald, C.J. Tucker and M. Reichstein, Recent shift in Eurasian boreal forest greening response may be associated with warmer and drier summers, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2014GL059450, 2014.

Guay, K.C., P.S.A. Beck, L.T. Berner, S.J. Goetz, A. Baccini and W. Buermann, Vegetation productivity patterns at high northern latitudes: a multi-sensor satellite data assessment. Glob. Change Biol., 20, 3147–3158, 2014.



Spatial conservation planning framework for assessing conservation opportunities in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

Giorgi, A. P.; Rovzar, C.; Davis, K. S.; Fuller, T.; Buermann, W.; Saatchi, S.; Smith, T. B.; Silveira, L. F.; Gillespie, S. W.

Published Work | 2014 | Applied Geography 53, 369–376

A continental risk assessment of West Nile virus under climate change

Harrigan, R. J.; Thomassen, H.; Buermann, W.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2014 | Global Change Biology 2014, 20 (8), 2417–2425

Pathogen-host associations and predicted range shifts of human Monkeypox in response to climate change in Central Africa

Thomassen, H. A.; Fuller, T. L.; Asefi-Najafabady, S.; Shiplacoff, J. A.; Mulembakani, P. M.; Blumberg, S.; Johnston, S. C.; Kisalu, N. K.; Kinkela, T. L.; Fair, J. N.; Wolfe, N. D.; Shongo, R. L.; LeBreton, M.; Meyer, H.; Wright, L. L.; Muyembe, J.; Buermann, W.; Okitolonda, E.; Hensley, L. E.; Lloyd-Smith, J. O.; Smith, T. B.; Rimoin, A. W.

Published Work | 2013 | PLoS ONE 8(7)

Intraspecific morphological and genetic variation of common species predicts ranges of threatened ones

Fuller, T. L.; Thomassen, H. A.; Peralvo, M.; Wolfgang, B.; Mila, B.; Kieswetter, C. M.; Jarrin-V, P.; Cameron Devitt, S. E.; Mason, E.; Schweizer, R. M.; Schluneggar, J.; Chan, J.; Wang, O.; Schneider, C. J.; Pollinger, J. P.; Saatchi, S.; Graham, C. H.; Wayne, R. K.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2013 | Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 280(1763)

Predicting bird song from space

Smith, T. B.; Harrigan, R. J.; Kirschel, A. N.; Buermann, W.; Saatchi, S.; Blumstein, D. T.; de Kort, S. R.; Slabbekoorn, H.

Published Work | 2013 | Evolutionary Applications 6(6), 865–874

A preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor for protecting potential Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii Gill, 1865) habitat in Southern Mexico

Mendoza, E.; Fuller, T. L.; Thomassen, H. A.; Buermann, W.; Ramirez-Mejia, D.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2013 | Integrative Zoology 8(1), 35–47

Testing alternative hypotheses for evolutionary diversification in an African songbird: Rainforest refugia versus ecological gradients

Kirschel, A. N.; Slabbekoorn, H.; Blumstein, D. T.; Cohen, R. E.; de Kort, S. R.; Buermann, W.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2011 | Evolution 65(11), 3162–3174

Using remote sensing to map the risk of human monkeypox virus in the Congo Basin

Fuller, T. H.; Thomassen, H. A.; Mulembakani, P. M.; Johnston, S. S.; Lloyd-Smith, J. O.; Kisalu, N. K.; Lutete, T. K.; Blumberg, S.; Fair, J. N.; Wolfe, N. D.; Shongo, R. L.; Formenty, P.; Meyer, H.; Wright, L. L.; Muhembe, J.; Buermann, W.; Saatchi, S. S.; Okitolonda, E.; Hensley, L.; Smith, T. B.; Rimoin, A. W.

Published Work | 2010 | EcoHealth 8(1), 14-25

Projected changes in elevational distribution and flight performance of montane neotropical hummingbirds in response to climate change

Buermann, W.; Chaves, J. A.; Dudley, R.; Mcguire, J. A.; Smith, T. B.; Altshuler, D. L.

Published Work | 2010 | Global Change Biology 17(4), 1671–1680

Spatially explicit predictions of blood parasites in a widely distributed African rainforest bird

Sehgal, R. N.; Buermann, W.; Harrigan, R. J.; Bonneaud, C.; Loiseau, C.; Chasar, A.; Sepil, I.; Valkiunas, G.; Iezhova, T.; Saatchi, S.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2010 | Procedings of the Royal Society B 278, 1025–1033

Spatial variation of haemosporidian parasite infection in African rainforest bird species

Loiseau, C.; Iezhova, T. A.; Balkiunas, G.; Chasar, A.; Hutchinson, A.; Buermann, W.; Smith, T. B.; Sehgal, R. N.

Published Work | 2010 | Journal of Parasitology 96, 21–29

Birdsong tuned to the environment: green hylia song varies with elevation, tree cover, and noise

Kirschel, A. N.; Blumstein, D. T.; Cohen, R. E.; Buermann, W.; Smith, T. B.; Slabbekoorn, H.

Published Work | 2009 | Behavioral Ecology 29, 1089–1095

The prevalence of avian Plasmodium is higher in undisturbed tropical forests of Cameroon

Bonneaud, C.; Sepil, I.; Milá, B.; Buermann, W.; Pollinger, J.; Sehgal, R. N.; Valkiūnas, G.; Iezhova, T. A.; Saatchi, S.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2009 | Journal of Tropical Ecology 25, 439–447