Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius

Niels Hovius
Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius
+49 331 288-1000

Function and Responsibilities:

Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board (interim)
Professor, Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Potsdam

Research Interests:

  • Erosion processes and fluxes.
  • Landscape evolution.
  • Coupling between physical and chemical processes at Earth’s surface.
  • Geophysical constraints on geomorphic processes, and vice versa.
  • Predicting and inverting basin stratigraphy.
  • Teleconnections within Earth’s surface system.
  • Socio-economic costs of Earth surface dynamics.


  • 2012  Professor University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 1999-2012  Lecturer University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2003-2012  Fellow Churchill College, Cambridge, UK
  • Visiting professorships at University of Oslo, University of Rennes, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, ETH Zürich