Hendrik Stark


Potrait

Starting in the year 2002, Hendrik studied forest sciences at Dresden University, Germany, with research stays in Canada, Ecuador and Sweden, investigating the role of forests and vegetation dynamics for climate change and its mitigation. For his doctoral and post-doctoral studies Hendrik conducted research in the field of forest restoration at Freiburg University in Germany; he was actively contributing to the graduate school "Environment, Society and Global Change". Inspired by his private studies in Buddhist psychology and meditation with teachers from India and Nepal, Hendrik sincerely wondered what we could learn from these ancient traditions for our modern challenges such as climate change and other social and environmental issues and the mind-sets that drive them.

Bringing together his professional and private interests, Hendrik  initiated the seminar "Linking Mind and Environmental Sustainability" at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University in 2016. Since 2018, Hendrik also trains as a teacher for "Mindfulness in Schools" (MiSP, London) and for Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR, Bangor University). Also in 2018, Hendrik launched the Mind-Environment Project conducting both research and education at the crossroads of sustainabilty, mindfulness and psycholgy. Since 2020 Hendrik conducts related PostDoctoral studies at Freiburg University Medical Center, and is employed as a forest researcher at the state forest research center Baden Württemberg (FVA) in Freiburg, Germany.

Contact

Dr. Hendrik Stark

MindEnvironmen Project

Kohlerweg 22

70194 Freiburg i. Br.

Germany

 

hendrik.stark@mindenvironment.org


Current projects


  • www.meditation4balance.de
  • Towards a contemplative psychology of sustainabilty.
  • Climate sensitive adaptation of the forest growth simulator WEHAM.

Employments


  • 2020 - 2022: Revisiting the foundations of mindfulness based interventions in sustainability contexts. Visiting scientist at the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Systemic Health Research, Freiburg University Medical Center.
  • 2020 - 2022: Carbon and wood stocks of forest in Germany - improvement of the projections of the current and future CO2 stocks in forests by means of ecophysiological and empirical forest growth models (KNOW). Researcher at state forest research center Baden-Württemberg (FVA) .
  • Since 2018 MindEnvironment.org / Institut für Nachhaltigkeit, Achtsamkeit und Psychologie (www.nap-institut.de)
  • 2015 - 2019: Researcher in the project "Evaluation of the naturalness of tree species composition in forest stands in Germany: Considering variation associated with assessment methods, climate change and intensified biomass utilization". Funded by the German Federal Agengy for Nature Conservation  (BfN).
  • 2017 - 2018: Project leader "Nature awareness in Germany: Reflection and discussion of the foundations and the potential of awareness raising in nature conservation and environmental protection for the conceptual work in science, education, communication and practice". Conference project funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
  • 2016 - 2018: Project leader of the seminar "Linking Mind and Environment Sustainabilty" supported by the Graduate School Environment, Society and Global Change and the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg.
  • 2009 - 2014: PhD studies on the "Ecological effects of widley spaced energy nurse crops in south-west Germany". Doctoral project funded by a LGFG scholarship by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Academic qualifications


  • 2014 Dr. rer. nat. (~ PhD) in forest ecology & management, Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2009 Diploma (~ M.Sc.) in forst sciences at the Faculty of Forest-, Geo- and Hydroscience in Tharandt, TU Dresden, Germany.

Further education & Training


  • MBSR Teacher Training Pathway (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at Bangor University. Current level: Practicing teacher.
  • Five day training to teach mindfulness in schools - .b - with the www.mindfulnessinschools.org project, London, UK, 2018.
  • Training in project management, statistics, scientific writing and presenting with the Graduate School Environment, Society and Global Change and the research area Adapting Forest Ecosystem to Climate Change, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2009 - 2013.
  • Private studies in Buddhist philosophy, psychology and mind-training in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism with teachers related to the Khampagar Drukpa Kagyu linage of Tashi Jong Monastery, Himachal Pradesh, India, since 2009.

scholarships


  • LGFG scholarship for PhD studies, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2009 – 2012
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for diploma thesis in Sweden, 2007

Publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Forrester, D.I., Tachauer, I.H.H., Annighoefer, P., Barbeito, I., Pretzsch, H., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Stark, H., Vacchiano, G., Zlatanov, T.,  Chakraborty, T., Saha, S. and Sileshi, G.W. (2017): Generalized biomass and leaf area allometric equations for European tree species incorporating stand structure, tree age and climate. Forest Ecology and Management 396, 160–175.
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A., Block, J. und Bauhus, J. (2015): Forest restoration with Betula ssp. and Populus ssp. nurse crops increases productivity and soil fertility. Forest Ecology and Management, 339, 57-70.
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A. and Bauhus, J. (2013): Allometries for widely spaced Populus ssp. and Betula ssp. in nurse crop systems. Forests, 4, 1003-1031.
  • Ekberg, A., Arneth, A., Bäckstrand,K., Crill, P.M., Hakola, H. and Stark, H. (2008): BVOC emissions from high-latitude peatlands: Isoprene and monoterpene fluxes in plant communities defined by differences in surface hydrology. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 10.

other publications


  • Stark, H., Gärtner, S. and Reif, A. (eds.) (2019) Naturalness of tree species composition in Germany: Effects of reference, calculation method and climate change. In press with BfN-Skripten, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, 273 pages (in German).
  • Stark, H., Gärtner, S., Suck, R. and Reif, A. (2019) Naturalness of tree species composition in Germany: Extended base-units for the map of the potentially natural vegetation in Germany. In press with BfN-Skripten, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, 628 pages (in German).
  • Stark, H. and Pfisterer, C. (eds.) (2018) Nature awareness and identity: The role of self-concepts and social identities and their potential for nature conservation and environmental protection. BfN-Skripten 508, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, 119 pages.
  • Pfisterer, C. and Stark, H. (2018) On the necessity to reflect on self-concepts. In: Nature awareness and identity: The role of self-concepts and social identities and their potential for nature conservation and environmental protection. BfN-Skripten 508, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, 5-23 (in German).
  • Stark, H. (2018) Buddhist psychology: The principle of dependent origination in the context of identity and sustainable development. In: Nature awareness and identity: The role of self-concepts and social identities and their potential for nature conservation and environmental protection. BfN-Skripten 508, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, 94-118 (in German).
  • Stark, H. (2015): Biomass production and nutrient cycling in widely spaced nurse crop systems. Dissertation, Freiburger Dokumentenserver (FreiDok), University of Freiburg.
  • Bannister, J., Pyttel, P., Seis, K., Stark, H., und Vargas, R. (2013): Forests and forest management in Chile - impressions of a study trip (in German). AFZ-Der Wald 3: 37-39.
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A. und Bauhus, J. (2012): Effects of nurse crops on forest soil nutrient and carbon pools. In: Unseld, R. und Bauhus, J (eds.): Energy nurse crops - Alternative forest management to increase the supply of biomass for energy purposes in forests by integrating fast-growing tree species. Freiburger Forstliche Forschung, 115-123. In German.
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A., v. Wilpert, K. und Bauhus, J. (2012): Effects of nurse crops on nutrient pools in forest soils. Annual meeting of the yield science section of the German Association of Forest Research Organizations (DVFFA) in Ottenstein, Austria, 73-78. In German. sektionertragskunde.fvabw.de/
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A. and Bauhus, J. (2011): Effects of nurse crops on the nutrient and carbon pools in forest soils. Annual meeting of the yield science section of the German Association of Forest Research Organizations (DVFFA) in Cottbus, Germany, 201-206. In German. sektionertragskunde.fvabw.de/
  • Stark, H., Nothdurft, A., Bauhus, J. (2011): Effects of nurse crops on the nutrient and carbon pools in forest soils, AFZ-Der Wald, 66/14, 4-6. In German. www.waldwissen.net
  • Unseld, R., Wenzel, M. Weich, T., Stark, H., Weinreich, A., und Bauhus. J. (2010): Energy nurse crops in Soth-West Germany – Alternative forest management to increase the supply of biomass for energy purposes in forests. Forst und Holz, 65/10, 14–17. In German.
  • Stark, H. (2009): Isoprene (C5H8) emission dynamics of a Sub-Arctic mire landscape and the influence of site, vegetation, net carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange and micro-meteorology. Masters thesis at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis, Lund University, Sweden and the Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology, Dresden University of Technology, Germany, 124 S.