Exploratories for functional biodiversity research
DFG-funded Infrastructure Priority Programme SPP 1374

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Central questions:
  • What are the effects of different forms and intensities of land-use on biodiversity and ecosystem processes?
  • What are the interactions between different components of biodiversity (e.g. between plant diversity and the diversity of soil organisms)?
  • How does biodiversity influence different ecosystem processes (such as biomass production, carbon cycling, flower pollination, or deadwood decomposition)?
The three Exploratories
For the integrated functional biodiversity research, study regions of long-term character have been established in three large German protected areas.
Background and research objectives
The Biodiversity Exploratories address crucial questions about biodiversity change. For the first time, they combine biodiversity and ecosystem research in real landscapes with a long-term perspective.
Interdisciplinary team of researchers
Scientists from different research disciplines from all over Germany and Europe work together in an interdisciplinary way on the common central questions of the Biodiversity Exploratories.
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Activities and research results that are particularly important for the practice of nature conservation, forestry and agriculture are presented in a short and practice-oriented way. The site is currently under construction and only available in German In the meantime we would like to refer to our public data section.
Dr. Daniel Prati
Dr. Christian Poll
Shreya Tilve
Dr. Nadja Simons
Prof. Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel
Jörg Memmert
Dr. Karen Baumann
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
Dr. Alexandra Weigelt
Noëlle Schenk
Tom Lachaise
Verena Groß
Jörg Hailer
Jana Kachler
Ralph Bolliger
Prof. Dr. Robert R. Junker
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Prof. Dr. Carsten Dormann
Sophie Peter
Pascal Scherreiks
Karoline Jetter
Dr. Stavros Veresoglou
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Dr. Caterina Penone
Prof. Dr. Peter Leinweber
Rachael Akinyede
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wilcke
Dr. Nico Jehmlich
Prof. Dr. David Kleijn
Dr. Javier Muro
Dr. Steffi Heinrichs
Jan-Niklas Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Lena Wilfert
Prof. Dr. Eric Allan
Sven Rubanschi
Dr. Björn Hoppe
Dr. Joana Bergmann
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Uta Schumacher
Dr. Hugo Saiz
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
Susanne Kurze
Anna Küchler
Ulrich Pruschitzki

News from the Exploratories


More than 40 projects investigate cause-and-effect relationships in living nature using both observation and experiment.
More than 250 members from 49 working groups from a total of 47 research institutions are active in the exploratories.
The three exploratories "Schorfheide-Chorin", "Hainich-Dün" and the "Schwäbische Alb" cover an area in the Federal Republic of Germany of over 3,020 km².