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.
Judith Hinderling
Dr. Anna Katharina Franke
Markus Rubenbauer
Prof. Dr. Francois Buscot
Jörg Hailer
Dr. Christian Poll
Jan-Niklas Schmidt
Dr. Nadja Simons
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Borer
Shreya Tilve
Steffen Ferber
Florian Männer
Prof. Dr. Alexander Keller
Tom Lachaise
Tobias Spanner
Dr. Karen Baumann
Jörg Memmert
Dr. Peter Manning
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Rachael Akinyede
Ruth Pickert
Juliette Ohan
Ulrich Pruschitzki
Markus Birkenbach
Matthias Groß
Alexander Konrad
Yang Yang
Dr. Sven Marhan
Valentin Mader
Daniel Rieker
André Junggebauer
Karoline Jetter
Abiel Rindisbacher
PD Dr. Derek Persoh
PD Dr. Jan Thiele
Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
Christin Schreiber
Dr. Franca Marian
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
Roman Isaac
Prof. Dr. Robert R. Junker
Dr. Lena Neuenkamp
Dr. So-Yeon Bae
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Dr. Joana Bergmann
PD Dr. Christiane Roscher

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.