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. Thomas Friedl
Manuel Pitzer
Alexander Konrad
Charlotte Møller
Katharina John
Sarah Martin
Prof. Dr. Paul Magdon
Dr. Caterina Penone
Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Rostand Romeo Chamedjeu
Stephan Wöllauer
Uta Schumacher
Falk-Rudhard Schreiner
Dr. Maria Alejandra Parreno
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Prof. Dr. Thomas Nauss
Maite Lezama Valdes
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Dr. Kirsten Jung
Tom Lachaise
Marit Hertlein
Karoline Jetter
Dr. Maria Májeková
Dr. Klaus Kaiser
Nahid Paeenroudposhti
Marieke Lenga
PD Dr. Christiane Roscher
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Dr. Mona Schreiber
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Prof. Dr. Jaqueline Loos
Laura Argens
PD Dr. Michael Dannenmann
Nils Volles
Dr. Tim Richter-Heitmann
Anna Küchler
Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries
Noëlle Schenk
Dr. Matthias Loretto
Prof. Dr. Andrea Polle
Dr. Christian Lampei
Dr. Danilo Harms
Andreas Triantafyllopoulos
Prof. Dr. Steffen Kolb
Rachael Akinyede
Dr. Marvin Ludwig
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Dr. Nils Nölke

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.