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Research associate

Field of work

Fabian Sittaro has a Master's degree in physical geography with a focus on geoinformatics and remote sensing. He is currently doing a PhD in ecological modelling at the University of Leipzig on habitat models for the spread of invasive plant species. He has broad experience in the creation of professional maps and in the development of geographical web applications. Since 2022, he has been a research associate at the DBFZ in the Resources working group. His activities include the processing of geodata - for example the analysis of agricultural production data - as well as the creation of maps and interactive web maps, the remote sensing evaluation and classification of satellite data and the automation of site assessments with the script language R. Furthermore, he is active in the field of international capacity building and knowledge transfer and designs GIS courses for project partners, in which he also participates as a lecturer.

My publications

Publications of Fabian Sittaro at OpenAgrar

Sittaro, F.; Hutengs, C. and Vohland, M.: Which factors determine the invasion of plant species? Machine learning based habitat modelling integrating environmental factors and climate scenarios. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Volume 116, 2023, 103158, ISSN 1569-8432, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2022.103158

Sittaro, F.; Hutengs, C.; Semella, S. and Vohland, M.: A Machine Learning Framework for the Classification of Natura 2000 Habitat Types at Large Spatial Scales Using MODIS Surface Reflectance Data. Remote Sensing 2022, 14, 823. doi.org/10.3390/rs14040823

Sittaro, F., Paquette, A., Messier, C. and Nock, C.A. (2017), Tree range expansion in eastern North America fails to keep pace with climate warming at northern range limits. Global Change Biology, 23: 3292-3301. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13622

Curriculum vitae

Since 2022Research Associate at the DBFZ
Since 2022Self-employed geoinformatician
2019 - 2022Doctoral Scholarship of the German Federal Environmental Foundation
2014 - 2018Master of Science, Physical Geography / Geoecology, Leipzig University
2013Scholarship of the RISE Worldwide Program of the German Academic Exchange Service
2010 - 2015Bachelor of Science, Geography, Leipzig University

Committee work

2021Reviewer for the journal Ecological Informatics
2023Reviewer for the Journal Biological Invasions