Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology

Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology

The institute mourns the loss of Dr. Tobias Scharnweber (20 December 1974 – 19 November 2023)

Dr. Tobias Scharnweber studied "Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation" at the University of Greifswald, where he also obtained his doctorate in 2015. Shortly afterwards, he took over the lead of the dendroecology laboratory at the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology. With a high level of professional expertise, exceptional commitment and, above all, a big heart, he was contact person for students, employees and colleagues in Greifswald and far beyond.

As a proven forest expert, he taught with enthusiasm in the field of sustainable land use and forest ecology and conducted research at the interface between climate change impacts, the historical use and the future of native deciduous forests. Dr. Tobias Scharnweber combined his internationally acclaimed expertise in the reconstruction of past environmental conditions with his forest ecology research in collaboration with national and international partners in an invigorating way. His modest and honest manner made him a popular discussion partner far beyond the world of science, for example in documentaries by NDR or Deutschlandfunk, at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and in various artistic projects.

With his passing, we have lost a universally valued, reliable colleague and teacher who made a great contribution to the university with his professional and personal expertise and his personality.

The Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology not only comprises the institute itself but also includes the Botanical Garden and the Arboretum.

Founded in the 18th century, the institute has a long tradition: Many great botanists have earned reputation in Greifswald, such as Erich Leick, Robert Bauch, Heinrich Borriss, Werner Rothmaler, Franz Fukarek and Michael Succow.


Prof. Dr. Martin Schnittler

Institute manager:
Christof Sonnenberg

Ivette Fronczek

Soldmannstraße 15
17487 Greifswald
Telefon +49 3834 / 420 4116
Telefax +49 3834 / 420 4114