Miguel Mahecha is a full professor at the Leipzig University and head of the Earth System Data Science group at the Remote Sensing Centre for Earth System research. His main scholarly interests are on understanding ecosystem responses to climate extremes as well as the human environment nexus during extremes. He also works on understanding macroecological dynamics and ecosystem functioning. His research is based on the latest data-driven research methods to explore high-dimensional Earth observations. Over the last years he has developed the Earth System Data Cube concept and combines empirical findings with theoretical and conceptual understanding to understand complex interactions in the Earth system. Miguel Mahecha serves as SSC member of ILEAPS – Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Processes Study – a Future Earth Global Research project, is member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, and other international projects.