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Hoffmann Stephan 

Dr. Stephan Hoffmann

Professur für Forstliche Verfahrenstechnik
Werthmannstraße 6
79085 Freiburg

Telefon +49 761 203 3754

E-Mail stephan.hoffmann@foresteng.uni-freiburg.de

Professional Career

  • since 01/2019, Chair of Forest Operations, University of Freiburg

  • 09-2017-12/2018, Research Associate, Department of Forest Work Science and Engineering, University of Goettingen

  • 09/2012-07/2017 Research Associate, Chair of Forest Operations, University of Freiburg

  • 01/2012-08/2012 Freelancing Consultant, GIZ/SPC Suva/Fiji Islands

  • 04/2009-12/2011 Production and Forest Operations Manager, Samartex Timber & Plywood Co. Ltd., Samreboi/Ghana

  • 10/2008-03/2009 Assistance Researcher, Institute of Forest Growth, University of Freiburg



  • 2016 PhD dissertation, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg

  • 2006-2008 University of Freiburg, M.Sc. Forest Ecology and Management

  • SS 2005, semester abroad, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albanien

  • 2002-2006 University of Applied Science Eberswalde, B.Sc. International Forest Ecosystem Management


Research interest

Timber harvesting, Forest wood supply chains, forest road engineering, ergonomics and occupational health and safety




  • Hoffmann S, Jaeger D, Shuirong W: Adapting Chinese Forest Operations to Socio-Economic Developments: What is the Potential of Plantations for Strengthening Domestic Wood Supply? Sustainability, 2018, 10 (4): 1042: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041042

  • Britto PC, Jaeger D, Hoffmann S, Robert RCG, Fantini AC, Vibrans AC: Productivity assessment of timber harvesting techniques for supporting sustainable forest management of secondary Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil. Annals of Forest Research, 2017, 60(2): 203-215: http://dx.doi.org/10.15287/afr.2017.898

  • Hoffmann S, Jaeger D, Schoenherr S, Lingenfelder M, Sun D, Zeng J: The effect of forest management systems on performance and costs of cable yarding operations in southern China. Forestry Letters, 2016, 109: 11-24

  • Hoffmann S, Jaeger D, Lingenfelder M, Schoenherr S: Analyzing the Efficiency of a Start-Up Cable Yarding Crew in Southern China under New Forest Management Perspectives. Forests, 2016, 7 (9): 188: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f7090188

  •  Engler B, Becker G, Hoffmann S: Process mechanization models for improved Eucalyptus plantation management in Southern China based on the analysis of currently applied semi-mechanized harvesting operations. Biomass & Bioenergy, 2016, 87: 96-106: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.02.021

  • Hoffmann S, Jaeger D, Schoenherr S, Talbot B: Challenges in Mechanization Efforts of Small Diameter Eucalyptus Harvesting Operations with a Low Capacity Running Skyline Yarder in Southern China. Forests, 2015, 6 (9): 2959-2981: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f6092959
  • Tegel W, Seim A, Hakelberg D, Hoffmann S, Panev M, Westphal T, Büntgen U: A recent growth increase of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) at its Mediterranean distribution limit contradicts drought stress. European Journal of Forest Research 2014; 133: 61-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10342-013-0737-7

  • Hoffmann S, Schoenherr S, Jaeger D, Gruber J, Cai D, Bai L, Jia H, Tang J, Zeng J: Manual for Cable Yarding Operations - Practical Guidelines for the Planning and Management of a Cable Yarding Operation with Special Focus on the Koller K303H Tower Yarder (索道集材作业技术手册) Guangxi Science & Technology Publishing House Co. Ltd., Nanning, 2014 ISBN 978-7-5551-0351
  • Stangler D, Schreiner S, Lu Y, Hoffmann S, Fehrmann L, Makeschin F, Spiecker H, Klein C: Chinas Forstwirtschaft vor großen Herausforderungen. AFZ Der Wald, 2013; 13: 32-34


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