Ecophysiology Plant Functional Ecology |  Applied Botany 

Niewouldtville, Northern Cape, South AfricaSouthern Negev, IsraelDesert agricultural research station Yotvata, Southern Arava, IsraelNorthern Cape, South AfricaPost-mining sites Lusatia, BrandenburgCentral Negev, Israel

Dr. Maik Veste studied botany, zoology and microbiology at the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster and recievied his diploma in Biology by an Ecology-based thesis. This was followed by post-graduate education at Stellenbosch University and University of Bielefeld and finalized by a PhD in desert ecophysiology at the University of Hohenheim. As research fellow he conducted long-term research visits at various international academic institutions in South Africa (Stellenbosch University) Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Arava R&D), Chile (Universidad  Austral de Chile) and Italy (CNR - Plant Genetics Institute). 

His research employs an integrative approach that merges plant ecophysiology and ecosystem processes, with the aim of understanding how plants and ecosystems are affected by environmental stress and disturbances. A key question is the integration of plant ecophysiology into ecosystem functioning. The research include photosynthesis, gas exchange, soil-plant interactions of desert plants as well the ecologcial functions of biological soil crusts. Presently, the research focus is on ecophysiology and ecosystem processes in agroecosystems and for restoration ecology of post-mining sites.  


At the CEBra - Centre for Energy Technology Brandenburg e,V. he is responsible as senior researcher for application of bioenergy, and environment & sustainability in the context of energy.

At the University of Hohenheim he teach as adjacent lecturer plant ecophysiology, functional ecology and applied ecology for students in Agrobiology, Biology, and Earth and Climate System Science.


  • Lecturer for ecophysiology and ecosystem processes 
    at the University of Hohenheim
  • PhD at the University of Hohenheim, Thesis Ecological behaviour of desert plants - Integration of ecophysiological adaptation strategies from plants to ecosystems.
  • Study of biology (botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry) 
  • For more information please Maik´s CV or Researchgate profile 
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