Alexander V. Prishchepov

Alexander V. Prishchepov

Associate Professor

My research falls within the field of Land System Science. I received a Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I focused on  Land-Use Modeling and Remote Sensing of the Environment. I also completed the GIS Certificate and International Studies graduate programs at Oklahoma State University and a post-doc on land use modeling in Germany at IAMO. I conduct integrative work to understand the patterns, drivers, and implications of land-cover change, climate change vulnerability, resilience, options for adaptation  with a focus on agricultural expansion and decline, rural-urban transitions, and the human impact on environmental systems, remote sensing of human footprint, extralegal activities in relationship to land cover and land use. I use a variety of methods, including coupled socio-ecological modeling, participatory approaches, spatial econometrics,  machine learning,  integrated land-use modeling, to reveal the patterns of landscape change,  and its drivers, complex interlinkages between climatic changes, land-use land-cover change, society and environment. My research aims to answer several key questions, including:

1) What factors contribute to the formation and transformation of landscapes and the implications of climate change?

2) What are the consequences of landscape and land-use transitions for the environment and society?

3) What solutions are available to guide land-use development pathways?

4) Which methods are best suited to monitor and model current, past, and future landscapes?

I publish individually, with supervised students and colleagues in leading in my field international peer-reviewed journals and research is covered by renowned outlets, such as Nature News, Science Magazine, Guardian, Berlingske. You can watch some relevant webinars on my Youtube channel.


My mission is to conduct relevant research, teaching and ad-hoc practical works in order to address Sustainable Development Goals: SDG15 Life on Land,  SDG2 Zero Hunger, SDG4 Quality Education, SDG13 Climate Action, SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG1 No Poverty, SDG16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. I serve as an associate editor for the international peer-reviewed journals, Springer "Landscape Series", providing ad-hoc consultancy and relevant proposal reviews for organizations like the UNCCD, IPBES, WorldBank,  governments and national research foundations. I review articles for Nature Sustainability, Nature Food, Environmental Research Letters, Global Environmental Change,  Remote Sensing of Environment, GIScience and Remote Sensing, Land Use Policy, Land Degradation and Development, and other journals. 


I am a scientific steering board member of the Global Land Programme (GLP) and also coordinate GLP's interdisciplinary Global Land Abandonment Working Group:,  with a scope collaboratively to understand emerging patterns, reasons, and implications of global farmland abandonment and rural-urban transitions.  I developed and co-developed methods to monitor farmland abandonment and evaluate their drivers in various parts of the world. I served as an ad-hoc adviser for national governments on coping with farmland abandonment and with colleagues with revealed opportunities and constraits for alternative to agriculture land uses, also in favor of Nature Based Solutions. Some announcements and relevant products on interdisciplinary collaboration on farmland abandonment topics are here


My teaching portfolio includes carefully crafted classes at the Bachelor's and Master-level on the evaluation of global land-use transition processes, land use and climate change, and interdisciplinary use of satellite remote sensing. An example of such a class- is Remote Sensing for Land System Studies


My extracurricular activities include public lectures and publications on environmental history, primarily on critical aspects of 19th-century terrestrial and marine explorations, humanistic approaches and de-colonizing environmental science, Eurasian studies, critical aspects of GIS and satellite remote sensing, making academic space fair and equitable, outdoor activities,  progressing Danish and German languages.

If you feel my research and mission match your interests, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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Youtube Channel


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Climate change has likely already affected global food production

    Ray, D. K., West, P. C., Clark, M., Gerber, J. S., Prishchepov, Alexander V. & Chatterjee, S., 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14, 5, 18 p., : e0217148.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The neglected role of abandoned cropland in supporting both food security and climate change mitigation

    Zheng, Q., Ha, T., Prishchepov, Alexander V., Zeng, Y., Yin, H. & Koh, L. P., 2023, In: Nature Communications. 14, 13 p., 6083.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Dynamics of soil organic carbon in the steppes of Russia and Kazakhstan under past and future climate and land use

    Rolinski, S., Prishchepov, Alexander V., Guggenberger, G., Bischoff, N., Kurganova, I., Schierhorn, F., Müller, D. & Müller, C., 2021, In: Regional Environmental Change. 21, 3, 16 p., 73.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Multiple trajectories of grassland fragmentation, degradation, and recovery in Russia's steppes

    Prishchepov, Alexander V., Myachina, K. V., Kamp, J., Smelansky, I., Dubrovskaya, S., Ryakhov, R., Grudinin, D., Yakovlev, I. & Urazaliyev, R., 2021, In: Land Degradation and Development. 32, 11, p. 3220-3235 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Higher depression risks in medium- than in high-density urban form across Denmark

    Chen, T. K., Horsdal, H. T., Samuelsson, K., Closter, A. M., Davies, Megan, Barthel, S., Pedersen, C. B., Prishchepov, Alexander V. & Sabel, C. E., 2023, In: Science Advances. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    The impact of conflict-driven cropland abandonment on food insecurity in South Sudan revealed using satellite remote sensing

    Olsen, V. M., Fensholt, Rasmus, Olofsson, P., Bonifacio, R., Butsic, V., Druce, D., Ray, D. & Prishchepov, Alexander V., 2021, In: Nature Food. 2, 12, p. 990-996 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Revealing the intentions of farmers to recultivate abandoned farmland: A case study of the Buryat Republic in Russia

    Prishchepov, Alexander V., Ponkina, E. V., Sun, Z., Bavorova, M. & Yekimovskaja, O. A., 1 Aug 2021, In: Land Use Policy. 107, 14 p., 105513.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Revealing the determinants of wheat yields in the Siberian breadbasket of Russia with Bayesian networks

    Prishchepov, Alexander V., Ponkina, E., Sun, Z. & Müller, D., 2019, In: Land Use Policy. 80, p. 21-31 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. Effects of institutional changes on land use: Agricultural land abandonment during the transition from state-command to market-driven economies in post-Soviet Eastern Europe

    Prishchepov, Alexander V., Radeloff, V. C., Baumann, M., Kuemmerle, T. & Müller, D., 2012, In: Environmental Research Letters. 7, 2, 024021.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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