Axel Paulsch is geoecologist and was staff member in the ibn office from 2002 until 2009, when he started working for the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. In the project “Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany” he worked for the science-policy interface until August 2012. Since September 2012 he is working in the ibn office again.
At present, he takes care of the ibn projects 'Scientific support and coordination in establishing IPBES' and ‘Extracting research needs from CBD programmes and COP decisions’. Both projects are carried out in behalf on the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation BFN). He represents ibn at CBD-related meetings like COP, SBSTTA or WGRI and joins the meetings of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).
He was born in Pforzheim in 1966. After his civil service with the German partner of Friends of the Earth (BUND) he studied geoecology at the University of Bayreuth since 1988. His in-depth studies covered biogeography, vegetation science, forest dynamics and environmental problems in developing countries. For his diploma thesis (1994) he studied the ecological strategy of the coniferous tree Araucaria araucana in its relict stands in Chile. In the afro-alpine zone of Mt. Kenya Axel Paulsch investigated the influence of herbivory damage on plant communities in valleys under different touristic use. For his phd thesis (2002) he developed and applied a classification system for disturbed and undisturbed tropical montane forests based on vegetation structure in southern Ecuador. This classification system allows a fast division of larger forested areas into forest types of homogenous structure.
He is member in the following NGOs: BUND, NABU, Diversitas, GFOE (German ecological society) and GTOE (German society for tropical ecology). At the annual meetings of the two latter societies he regularly presents his activities. With the NGO Aktion Zwerggans (a programme to save the Lesser White Fronted Goose) he is in the steering committee. He is chairman of the ibn.