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Dr. rer. nat. habil.

Jürgen Runge

Graduate Geographer

Institute of Physical Geography
Room 2.216
Altenhöferallee 1
60438 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49-(0)69-798-40160
Fax: +49-(0)69-798-40345
E-mail: j.runge(at)

Jürgen Runge


Consultation times

In summer term 2012 the regularly consultation time is (room 2.216):

on Thursday, 15-16 h

as well on previous appointment by e-mail


Scientific career

1981–1983 Studied geography (degree) with the subsidiary subjects of geology, pedology and botany at the Justus-Liebig University of Gießen, intermediate degree.
1983–1984 Six-month practical training abroad in the GTZ/PNUD project on rural regional development in Togo, West Africa.
1984–1986 Studied geography (degree in physical geography) with the subsidiary subjects of botany and tropical agriculture and forestry at the Georg-August University of Göttingen.
1986 Degree thesis in physical geography on “Seasonally flooded lowlands (bas-fonds) in outlying regions of Central Togo”.
1987–1989 DAAD scholar and doctorate scholar in the graduate programme of the state of Lower Saxony; geomorphological-agrarian science field research in West Africa.
1989 Doctorate as Dr. rer. nat. on “Relief development, morphodynamics and land use in the changing humid tropics of West Africa – Examples from Togo”.
1990-1999 Scientific assistant and scientific staff of the Chair of Physical Geography (H. K. Barth) at the University of Paderborn.
2000 Habilitation and venia legendi in Physical Geography at the University of Paderborn with a thesis on “Landscape formation and paleo-climate in Central Africa”.
since 2000 Professor of Geoecology and Physical Geography with the regional focus on “Africa south of the Sahara” at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.


Main subjects

  • Tropical geomorphology and paleo-environmental research

  • Landscape science, geoecology, land use, agrarian geography

  • Infrastructure planning, civil engineering, consulting

  • Resource management, integrated rural regional development

  • GIS, aerial and satellite image evaluation, thematic cartography


Regional focuses

Africa south of the Sahara (main countries: Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Lesotho).


Official functions

  • Member of the Faculty Council and the IPG Directorate in FB 11

  • Vice-director of the Centre for interdisciplinary African Research (ZIAF,

  • 1st Chairman of the Frankfurt Geographical Society (FGG)

  • Editor in Chief, Palaeoecology of Africa, (1 x annually), Taylor & Francis Publ., UK

  • Co-publisher of Geo-Öko (4 x annually), Geo-Öko-Verlag Bensheim

  • Assessor for the German Research Association (DFG)

  • Assessor for the periodicals Geomorphology, Catena (Elsevier) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF)

  • Initiator and manager of the university partnerships with Africa at faculty level between the universities of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) and Bangui (Central African Republic)


Externally-funded projects

  • DFG Research Group 510 “Ecological change and cultural upheaval in West and Central Africa” (Nigeria, South Cameroon), Phase I: 2004-2006, Phase II 2007-2009.

  • BMBF BIOTA West Project group on biodiversity research in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Benin), Phase III: 2007-2010.

  • BMBF recruitment group ‘Demons’ (supply of the population) with the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Frankfurt am Main.

  • DFG special assistant for the ‘Forêt de Ngotto’ (2005-2007).



Runge, J. (ed.) (2010): African Palaeoenvironments and Geomorphic Landscape Evolution. Palaeoecology of Africa, 30, Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1-306.

Runge, J. (2010): Geologische Ressourcen und Transparenz im Rohstoffsektor Zentralafrikas – eine GTZ Fallstudie. – Zbl. Geol. Paläont. Teil I, Jg. 2008, 1/2: 107-126.

Runge, J., Eisenberg, J. & M. Sangen. (Hrsg.) (2009): Kamerun - ein physiogeographisches Profil. Große Geographische Exkursion des Instituts für Physische Geographie vom 02.01.-18.01.2009. Frankfurt am Main, pp. 1–184.

Runge, J. (2009): Der zentralafrikanische Regenwald: Ein sensitives Ökosystem im Spannungsfeld von forstwirtschaftlicher Nutzung und (sub-)rezenter Klimadynamik. In: R. Glaser, K. Kremb & A. Drescher (Hg.), Afrika, Planet Erde, WBG Darmstadt, 199-220.

Runge, J. (2009): Des déserts et des forêts, histoire du paysage et du climat de l’Afrique Centrale au Quaternaire Supérieur; "Of deserts and forests, Late Quaternary landscape and climate history of Central Africa" ; "Von Wüsten und Wäldern, Spätquartäre Landschafts- und Klimageschichte Zentralafrikas". Revue internationale de géologie, de géographie et d'écologie tropicales; Tome 1, pp. 1-18. > pdf (519k)

Baumhauer, R. & J. Runge (eds.) (2009): Holocene Palaeoenvironmental History of the Central Sahara. Palaeoecology of Africa, 29, Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1-274.

Runge, J. (2008): The Congo River, Central Africa. In: Gupta, A. (ed.) Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management. J. Wiley & Sons, pp. 293–208.

Runge, J. (Hrsg.) (2008): Dynamics of forest ecosystems in Central Africa during the Holocene: Past – Present – Future. Palaeoecology of Africa, 28, Taylor & Francis Publ. UK, pp. 1–324.

Runge, J. (Hrsg.) (2007): Togo – ein physiogeographisches Profil. Große Geographische Exkursion des Instituts für Physische Geographie vom 30.09.-15.10.2006. Frankfurt am Main, pp. 1–216.

Runge, J., Eisenberg, J. & M. Sangen (2006): Eiszeit im tropischen Regenwald: Der ewige Wald – eine Legende? – Forschung Frankfurt, Sonderheft Afrika, 2, pp. 34–37. > pdf (1 MB)

Runge, J., Eisenberg, J. & M. Sangen (2006): Geomorphic evolution of the Ntem alluvial basin and physiogeographic evidence for Holocene environmental changes in the rain forest of SW Cameroon (Central Africa). – Z.Geomorph. N.F., Suppl.-Bd., 145, pp. 63–79.

Runge, J. (2006): Vom Diamantenkaiser Bokassa zum General Bozizé – eine zentralafrikanische Krisenregion aus geographischer Sicht. – Heidelberger Geogr. Gesellschaft-Journal, 19+20: 87-98.

Runge, J. & C.-R. Nguimalet (2005): Physiogeographic features of the Oubangui catchment and environmental trends reflected in discharge and floods at Bangui 1911-1999, Central African Republic. Geomorphology, 70, pp. 311–324.

Runge, J., Eisenberg, J. & M. Sangen (2005): Ökologischer Wandel und kulturelle Umbrüche in West- und Zentralafrika: DFG-Froschergruppe 510: Teilprojekt ReSaKo. – Geo-Öko, 26: 135-154.


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