Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius

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

Funktion und Aufgaben:

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

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • 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

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • 1997-1998  Postdoctoral Researcher Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 1996-1997  Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • 1995  DPhil University of Oxford, UK
  • 1991  MSc Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 1990  MSc Physical Geography, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • Chair, European Geoscience Union, Outreach Committee
  • Founding Editor, Earth Surface Dynamics