Prof. Reiner Finkeldey
Vice-President for International Affairs
PHONE: +962 6 4294444 Ext. 4020

Educational Background

PhD in Forestry (Dr. forest), Göttingen University

Diploma in Tropical and Subtropical Forestry, Diploma in Forestry of the Temperate Region
Research Interests
  • Population Genetics, Ecological Genetics and Conservation Genetics of Forest Trees
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Molecular Genetics of Plants
  • Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources in Tropical and Temperate Forests
  • Human Impact on Plant Genetic Resources
  • Genetic Responses of Plant Populations to Global Change 

1962                       born in Minden, Germany
1983-1988             Studies of Forestry of the Temperate Region and Tropical Forestry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
1988-1989             Visiting Research Fellow, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Taiwan (German Academic Exchange Service; DAAD)
1990-1993             PhD Student, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
1993                       PhD (Dr. forest) in Forest Genetics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
1994-1996             Tree Improvement Expert, FAO, Philippines
1996-1997             Scholarship Holder (German Research Foundation; DFG), Germany, Thailand, Sweden
1997-2001             Senior Scientist, Forest Genetics; WSL Switzerland
2001                       Habilitation (post-lecturer qualification) in Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding
2001-2015             Full professor (C4, since 2011 W3) in Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2006-2008             Dean, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2011                       Offer of a Professorship (Chair) in Plant Biology, UCC Cork, Ireland (declined)
2013-2015             Vice President for Research, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2015-2021             President, University of Kassel
2021-2022             Full Professor (W3) for Plant Population Genetics, University of Kassel
2022-ongoing       Vice President for International Affairs, German Jordanian University, Jordan


International Experience

Year (Duration)                  Place                                      Institution                                                            Position

1984 (6 Months)                   Taipei, Taiwan                       Taiwan Forestry Research Institute                        Practitioner

1988-1989 (14 Months)       Taipei, Taiwan                       Taiwan Forestry Research Institute                        Visiting Research Fellow

1992 (3 Months)                   Muak Lek, Thailand              ASEAN-Canada Forest Tree Seed Centre             Guest Scientist

1994-1996 (24 Months)       Los Baños, Philippines         Food and Agriculture Organization                       Scientific Officer              

1996 (6 Months)                   Bangkok, Thailand                Royal Forest Department                                         Guest Scientist

1997 (6 Months)                   Umeå, Sweden                       Swedish Univ. of Agric. Sci. (SLU)                         Guest Scientist

1997-2001 (40 Months)       Birmensd., Switzerland        Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL                   Senior Scientist

Selected short-term stays since 2001: University of Forestry, Yezin, Burma (4 stays, guest professor); Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia (6 stays, collaborative research and teaching, training courses); Visayas State University, Leyte, Philippines (4 stays, teaching and training courses); Vietnam National University, Dept. of Botany, HoChiMinh-City, Vietnam (4 stays, research and teaching); Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (research cooperation); Beijing Forestry University and Hebei Agricultural University, Beijing and Baoding, China (guest professor), Democritus University of Thrace, Greece (research and teaching); Texas A&M University, USA (research; 2 months, 2009). 


  • 2001-2015: Head of Section “Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding”, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 2006-2008: Dean, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 2008-2012: Director, Büsgen-Institute , Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 2004-2011: Elected member of faculty board; 2005-2006 and since 2009: Head of strategy commission of faculty
  • 2011-2013: Member of the Senate, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 2012-2013: Director, Section for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Forestry, Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 4/2013 – 8/2015: Vice President for Research, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 
  • 10/2015-9/2021: President, University of Kassel
  • Since 8/2022: Vice President for International Affairs, German Jordanian University, Jordan 

1989                   Klaus-Stern award in forest genetics

Since 2000           Reviewer for scientific journals in the areas of plant genetics, ecological genetics, plant phylogeny and taxonomy, forest sciences. Examples: Annals of Forest Science; Basic and Applied Ecology; Canadian Journal of Forestry Research; Conservation Genetics; European Journal of Forestry Research; Evolutionary Ecology; Forest Ecology and Management; Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution; Molecular Ecology; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; New Forests; Oecologia; Philippine Agricultural Scientist; Plant Biology; Plant Systematics and Evolution; Scandinavian Journal of Forestry Research; Silvae Genetica; Theoretical and Applied Genetics; Taxon; Tree Genetics and Genomes; Trees - Structure and Function; All Life; Forests; Plants.

Since 2000           Reviewer for Funding agencies. Examples: DFG, DAAD, EU, BMZ, DBU, Austrian Academy of Sciences, NSF, FORMAS (Schweden), Latvian Council for Science, uefiscdi (Romania), European Commission

2000-2013           Advisor, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Schweden

2001-2011           Training courses and invited lectures in
- University of Forestry, Yezin, Myanmar
- Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
- Leyte State University, Philippines
- HCM-University, HCM-City, Vietnam

2004                   Visiting Scientist, Kyushu University, Japan (supported by JICA)

2005                   Affiliate Professor, Visayas State University, Philippines

seit 2005             Expert for tropical wood according to the federal nature protection law

2006-2010           Member in the executive board and governing board of the Network of Excellence (NoE) EVOLTREE, supported by the EU

2007                   Guest professor, Hebei Agricultural University, Baoding, China

2007                   Guest professor, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China

2018                   Honorary professor, University Transilvania Brasov, Romania


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