The Exploratory Schorfheide-Chorin organized a Forest-day with the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve and the Chorin Chief Forester's Office. In mid-October forester […]
The image film provides an overview of the central objectives, the thematic research fields, the people behind the project and the special nature of our large-scale research platform.
- 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)?
"Our coordinated long-term study of diverse facets of land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes and services adds tremendous value over individual studies. This allows for entirely new insights and significantly advances the education and training of young and established biodiversity researchers across all disciplines."
"I associate the BEs with an inspiring community of researchers from a wide range of disciplines, which allows uncomplicated collaborations even beyond the "edge of one's nose." The special added value of the biodiversity exploratories are the long-term observations, the continuously measured environmental parameters, and the proximity to stakeholders on several plots and regions."
"The globally unique set up of the Biodiversity Exploratories is providing us with the most complete picture ever of how entire ecological communities, and the ecosystem processes they regulate, respond to agricultural intensification."
"I associate the Biodiversity Exploratories with a great interdisciplinary team and exciting research and research questions. Here, I am particularly excited about the exchange beyond my own research. A particular added value of the BE is the synergy, i.e. the opportunity to address major ecological questions of our time with comprehensive data sets and expertise from very different research disciplines."
"The biodiversity exploratories are so special to me because they show that you can only understand complex relationships when different expertise comes together, and that it pays to look closely and differentiate when talking about the impact of land use on biodiversity. I consider it a special privilege to be constantly learning in the process myself."
"For me, the BEs represent interdisciplinarity in action.
Through the BEs, I've learned to understand how different trophic levels in nature affect each other, and the consequences of changes at one trophic level, e.g., by changing land-use intensity, for the entire ecosystem."