Dr HongMi Koo

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Focus


  • Land-use scenario development based on participatory approaches
  • Assessment and mapping of ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • Identification of the relationship between human health and urban green/blue spaces



  • Oct.2022-: Healthy Urban Spaces for human Well-being and Ecological integrity (HUMANECO), iDiv Flexpool program
  • Dec. 2019-Apr. 2022: Research, innovation and graduation for socio-ecological systems in motion (R4SES), BMBF funding program
  • Dec. 2019-Dec. 2021: National Ecosystem Services Assessment and Mapping as indication for the costs of losses of biodiversity – a fast track study in Ecuador (Ecu-Maes), DAAD funding program
  • May. 2013-Mar. 2017: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), BMBF funding program



Koo, H, 2022. A stakeholder-based modeling approach for assessing the impact of land-use scenarios on ecosystem services in northern Ghana, West Africa, Doctoral thesis, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. http://dx.doi.org/10.25673/85284

Kleemann, J., Zamora, C., Villacis-Chiluisa, A.B., Cuenca, P., Koo, H., Noh, J.K., Fürst, C., Thiel., M., 2022. Deforestation in Continental Ecuador with a Focus on Protected Areas.Land, 11(2), 268. https://doi.org/10.3390/land11020268

Kleemann, J., Koo, H., Hensen, I., Mendieta-Leiva, G., Kahnt, B., Kurze, C., Inclan, D.J., Cuenca, P., Noh, J.K., Hoffmann, M.H., Factos, A., Lehnert, M., Lozano, P., Fürst, 2022. Priorities of action and research for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in Ecuador.
Biological Conservation 265, 109404. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109404

Noh, J.K., Echeverria, C., Gaona, G., Kleemann, J., Koo, H., Fürst, C., Cuenca, P., 2022. Forest Ecosystem Fragmentation in Ecuador: Challenges for Sustainable Land Use in the Tropical Andean. Land, 11, 287. https://doi.org/10.3390/land11020287

Kankam, S., Inkoom, J.N., Koo, H., Fürst, C., 2021. Envisioning alternative futures of cultural ecosystem services supply in the coastal landscapes of Southwestern Ghana, West Africa. Socio-Ecological Practice Research,.1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42532-021-00090-7

Noh, J.K., Echeverria, C., Kleemann, J., Koo, H., Fürst, C., Cuenca, P., 2020. Warning about conservation status of forest ecosystems in tropical Andes: National assessment based on IUCN criteria. PLoS ONE, 5(8), e0237877 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237877

Koo, H., Kleemann, J., Fürst, C., 2020. Integrating ecosystem services into land-use modeling to assess the effects of future land-use strategies in Northern Ghana, Land, 9:379. http://doi.10.3390/land9100379

Koo, H., Kleemann, J., Fürst, C., 2019. Impact assessment of land-use changes using local knowledge for the provision of ecosystem services in Northern Ghana, West Africa, Ecological Indicators, 103: 156-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.04.002

Spyra, M., Kleemann, J., Cetin, N.I., Vázquez Navarrete, C.J., Albert, C., Palacios-Agundez, I., Ametzaga-Arregi, I., La Rosa, D., Rozas-Vásquez, D., Adem Esmail, B. Picchi, P., Geneletti, D., König H.J., Koo, H., Kopperoinen, L., Fürst, C., 2019. The ecosystem services concept: a new Esperanto to facilitate participatory planning processes?. Landscape Ecology, 34: 1715-1735. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0745-6

Koo, H., Kleemann, J., Fürst, C., 2018. Land-use scenario modeling based on local knowledge for the provision of ecosystem services in Northern Ghana, Land, 7:59. https://doi.org/10.3390/land7020059

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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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