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.
Prof. Dr. Peter Leinweber
Matthias Groß
Dr. Karin Glaser
Rostand Romeo Chamedjeu
Eva Schmidt
Judith Hinderling
Laura Argens
Dr. Dominik Seidel
Michael Ehrhardt
Anna Küchler
Shreya Tilve
Ruth Pickert
Dr. Stefan Erasmi
PD Dr. Henri A. Thomassen
Dr. Steffi Heinrichs
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Tom Lachaise
Dr. Nadja Simons
Daniel Rieker
Prof. Dr. Tim Urich
Pascal Scherreiks
Dr. Maria Alejandra Parreno
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Prof. Dr. Robert R. Junker
Sarah Martin
Karoline Jetter
Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu
Tobias Spanner
Katharina John
Dr. Anna Katharina Franke
Sandra Kammann
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Prof. Dr. Patrick Schäfer
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wilcke
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Dr. Max Müller
Prof. Dr. Sara Leonhardt
Jörg Hailer
Markus Birkenbach
Jörg Memmert
Eleonora Petzold
Dr. Kezia Goldmann
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Ralph Bolliger
Florian Straub
Dr. Christian Poll
Prof. Dr. Anja Linstaedter

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.