• Research interests

    • Vegetation ecology
    • Fire ecology
    • Biodiversity
    • Plant traits


  • International publications (peer-reviewed)


    • Berner LT, Orndahl KM, Rose M, Tamstorf M, Arndal MF, Alexander HD, … Heim RJ, … 2024. The Arctic Plant Aboveground Biomass Synthesis Dataset. Scientific Data: 11(1):305 [https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-024-03139-w


    • Heim RJ, Iturrate-Garcia M, Reji Chacko M, Karsanaev SV, Trofim MC, Heijmans M, Schaepman-Strub G (2023) Deciduous tundra shrubs shift toward more acquisitive light absorption strategy under climate change treatments. JGR Biogeosciences: 10.1029/2023JG007657 [https://doi.org/10.1029/2023JG007657]
    • Heim W, Antonov A, Kunz F, Sander MM, Bastardot M, Beermann I, Heim, RJ, Thomas A, Volkova V (2023) Habitat use, survival and migration of a little-known East Asian endemic, the Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans. Ecology and Evolution 13: e10030 [https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10030]


    • Heim W, Piironen A, Heim RJ, Piha M, Seimola T, Forsman JT, Laaksonen T (2022) Effects of multiple targeted repelling measures on the behaviour of individually tracked birds in an area of increasing human-wildlife conflict. Journal of Applied Ecology 59:  3027– 3037 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.14297]
    • Heim RJ, Yurtaev A, Bucharova A, Heim W, Kalchugina V, Knorr K-H, Lampei C, Pechkin A, Schilling D, Sulkarnaev F, Hölzel N (2022) Fire in lichen-rich subarctic tundra changes carbon and nitrogen cycling between ecosystem compartments but has minor effects on stocks. Biogeosciences 19: 2729–2740 [doi: 10.5194/bg-2021-277]
    • Heim RJ, Heim W, Bültmann H, Kamp J, Rieker D, Yurtaev A, Hölzel N (2022) Fire disturbance promotes biodiversity of plants, lichens and birds in the Siberian subarctic tundra. Global Change Biology 28: 1048–106 [doi: 10.1111/gcb.15963]


    • Heim RJ, Bucharova A, Brodt L, Kamp J, Rieker D, Soromotin AV, Yurtaev A, Hölzel N (in press) Post-fire vegetation succession in the Siberian subarctic tundra over 45 years. Science of The Total Environment 760: 143425 [doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143425], Preprint: [doi:10.1101/756163]
    • Heim RJ, Heim W, Darman G, Heinken T, Smirenski SM, Hölzel N (2021) Litter removal through fire - a key process for wetland vegetation and ecosystem dynamics. Science of the Total Environment 755: 142659 [doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142659]


    • Heim W, Heim RJ, Beermann I, Burkovskiy OA, Gerasimov Y, Ktitorov P, Ozaki K, Panov I, Sander MM, Sjöberg S, Smirenski SM, Thomas A, Tottrup A, Tiunov IM, Willemoes M, Hölzel N, Thorup K, Kamp J (2020) Using geolocator tracking data and ringing archives to validate citizen-science based seasonal predictions of songbird distribution in a data-poor region. Global Ecology and Conservation 24: e01215 [doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01215]


    • Heim RJ, Hölzel N, Heinken T, Kamp J, Thomas A, Darman GF, Smirenski SM, Heim W (2019) Post-burn and long-term fire effects on plants and birds in floodplain wetlands of the Russian Far East. Biodiversity and Conservation 28: 1611-1628 [doi:10.1007/s10531-019-01746-3]
    • Heim RJ, Chepinoga VV (2019) Subalpine tall-herb vegetation patterns: a case study from the Khamar-Daban Range (southern Baikal region, Eastern Siberia). Botanica Pacifica 8(1): 39–49 [doi: 10.17581/bp.2019.08111]


    • Heim W, Pedersen L, Heim RJ, Kamp J, Smirenski SM, Thomas A, Tottrup A, Thorup K (2018) Full annual cycle tracking of a small songbird, the Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope, along the East Asian flyway. Journal of Ornithology 159 (4): 893–899 [doi:10.1007/s10336-018-1562-z]


  • Curriculum vitae

    since 2024 PostDoc, University of Münster, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group
    2022 - 2024 PostDoc, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
    2021-2022 Guest Reseracher, Department of Biology, University of Turku
    2018-2021 Scholar of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Research assistant
    University of Münster, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group
    2017-2018 Research assistant
    University of Münster, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group
    2017 Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation
    University of Potsdam, Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
    MSc Thesis: "African savanna vegetation along ecological gradients: focusing on traits of three grass species."
    2016 - 2017 Student assistant
    Freie Universität Berlin
    2014 Student assistant
    Botanical Garden Potsdam
    2013 - 2017 Master Studies of Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation
    University of Potsdam
    2013 Bachelor of Science in Biology
    University of Freiburg, Department of Geobotany
    BSc Thesis: "Temperatures and phenology in Vitis vinifera"
    2012 - 2013 Bachelor Studies of Biology
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    2010 - 2013 Bachelor Studies of Biology
    University of Freiburg