Prof. Dr. Thomas Purfürst



Thomas Purfürst

Prof. Dr. rer. silv. habil. Thomas Purfürst
Head of Chair of Forest Operation

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Research focuses

  • Digitalization of forestry, Forest 4.0

  • Optimization, integration of new potential and supporting decision making for the entire forest supply chain

  • Evaluation and optimization of technological impact for operations in forests

  • Optimization of processes and processing steps

  • Interaction between humans and their forestry operations



2019 Habilitation at University of Technology Dresden, Germany in the field of Forest Operations (venia legendi), 'Driving on Forest Soils - Cause, Effect, Localisation, Digital Documentation and Data Management’

2009-2010 Study of Geografical Information Science & Systems, Paris Lodron University  Salzburg, degree: M.Sc. GIS

2009 Doctorate (Dr. rer. silv.) at University of Technology Dresden, Germany at the Chair of Forest Engineering, 'The Impact of Operator Performance on the Productivity of Forest Harvesting Systems' (summa cum laude)

1997-2003 Study of Forest Science at University of Technology Dresden, Germany, degrees: B.Sc. forestry, M.Sc. forestry


Professional background

since 11/2019: (Full)Professor of Forest Operations, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg

01/2019-09/2019 Head of Department of Forest Geographic Information at State Forest Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

2013-2018 Forst-GIS-Expert, Project Manager at Bavarian State Forest Enterprise

2008-2011 Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Forest Engineering at University of Technology, Dresden, Germany

2008 Post-Graduate Studies at the Department of Forest Planning and Forest Operations at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

2004-2013 Freelancer: Individual Software and Science

2003-2007 Scientific Co-worker at the Chair of Forest Engineering at University of Technology, Dresden, Germany 

1996-1997 Civilian Service

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