Curriculum vitæ

Seidel, Sabine Julia

Education and Scientific Work

since May 2020 Junior Research Group leader (topic: Optimizing crop mixtures for a sustainable and climate-resilient crop production by combining field experiments and crop models) within CP5 of the Excellence Cluster PhenoRob (link) at the Crop Science Group, University of Bonn, Germany

since 2016 Postdoctorial Scientist at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Crop Science Group, University of Bonn, Germany

2016 Parental leave (4 months)

2012 – 2016 Postdoctorial Scientist at the Chair of Hydrology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Jan – March 2015 Research stay at the Wyler Department for Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

2012 – 2014 Employed in the EU project ”SAPHIR – Saxonian Platform for high Performance Irrigation”

2012 Parental leave (6 months)

2012: Ph.D. “Optimal simulation based design of deficit irrigation experiments”, final grade: 1.2 (magna cum laude). The dissertation is online available (see below).

March -May 2009 Research stay at CEMAGREF (now IRSTEA) in Montpellier, France

2008 – 2016 Scientist at the Chair of Hydrology, Technische Universität Dresden

2008 Diploma Diplomagraringenieur, field of study: Plant Sciences, final grade: 1.5 (excellent)

2007 Semester abroad at the Private University of Antenor Orrego (UPAO, Trujillo, Peru)

2005 Guest student at the University of San José (USJ, San José, Costa Rica)

2003 – 2008 Study of Agricultural Science at the Technische Universität München, Germany

1982 born in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany as Sabine Julia Walser


Research Interests

  • AgMP co-leader of the “Crop Model Calibration” group
  • Modeling the water dynamics from the soil through the plant and stomata into the atmosphere
  • Observation and improvement of the modelling of root growth under various conditions (e.g. under drought stress, under low nutrient conditions, in mixtures)
  • Crop growth model calibration (co-lead in the AgMIP calibration group)
  • Impact of drought, heat stress and/or low nutrient conditions on crops in different phenological stages
  • Observation and modeling of plant growth in long-term field trials (focus: LTFE Dikopshof)
  • Evaluation and improvement of current crop models to better simulate the effects of drought and heat stress on plant growth and development
  • Modeling the effects of biopores on the following main crops (field and regional scale)
  • Modeling of crop mixtures (see “New field arrangements in PhenoRob Excellence Cluster”)
  • Multi-criterial optimization of irrigation and fertilization for a sustainable and resource efficient crop production under consideration of uncertainties (rainfall, soil)



PhD Thesis
S. J. Seidel. Optimal simulation based design of deficit irrigation experiments. PhD thesis, Dresdner Schriften zur Hydrologie Heft 12, Technische Universität Dresden, 2012. available at:


S. J. Walser. Experimental investigation on growth dynamics of avocado as a consequence of different irrigation strategies. Master thesis, Technische Universität München, Research Department Plant Sciences, Institute of Plant Nutrition, 2008.



since 2016: Project co-leader in the Model Calibration Group of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)

since 2015: Member of the Deutscher Hochschulverband (German Association of University Professors and Lecturers)

since 2014: Participation in the Maize Pilot Group of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)

since 2011: Member of the European Regional Working Group (ERWG) of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) (Germany quitted ICID in 2015)


Program Committees

2013: Session Co-chair (with Prof. Dr. Niels Schütze) of the session “New tools for improving water use efficiency in irrigation” at the conference “ICWRER 2013 Water & Environmental Dynamics”, 3rd – 7th June 2013 in Koblenz, Germany.

2013: Co-organization (with Ulrike Grießbach) of the conference “Bewässerungslandbau in Deutschland – Forschung trifft Anwendung (Irrigated crop production in Germany – research meets application)”, 24th – 25th September 2013 at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.