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. Nico Jehmlich
Prof. Dr. Carsten Dormann
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Dr. Franca Marian
Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Roman Isaac
Shreya Tilve
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Prof. Dr. Peter Leinweber
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Abiel Rindisbacher
Ralph Bolliger
Dr. Caterina Penone
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Prof. Dr. Francois Buscot
Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer
Jörg Hailer
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Prof. Dr. Martin Hofrichter
Dr. Karen Baumann
Juliette Ohan
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Prof. Dr. David Kleijn
Jonas Rochlitz
Prof. Dr. Alexander Keller
Andreas Ostrowski
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Jörg Memmert
Matthias Groß
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
Jeff Beem-Miller
Dr. Julia Moll
Martin Fellendorf
Laura Argens
Dr. Nadja Simons
Dr. Karl Kasper
Dr. Stavros Veresoglou
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Borer
Dr. Peter Manning
Prof. Dr. Eric Allan
Sven Rubanschi
Dr. Joana Bergmann
Rachael Akinyede
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Dr. Christian Poll

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.