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. Sven Marhan
Steffen Ferber
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Sarah Martin
PD Dr. Derek Persoh
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Dr. Nico Jehmlich
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Dr. Björn Hoppe
Michael Ehrhardt
Dr. Harald Kellner
Valentin Mader
Ralph Bolliger
Susanne Kurze
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Dr. Tim Richter-Heitmann
Prof. Dr. Alexander Keller
Juan F. Duenas
Roman Isaac
Dr. Christian Poll
Martin Fellendorf
Prof. Dr. Manfred Ayasse
Matthias Groß
Dr. Alexandra Weigelt
Robert Künast
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann
Prof. Dr. Martin Hofrichter
PD Dr. Jan Thiele
Carina Lipp
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Anja Hoeck
Jonas Rochlitz
Christina M. Müller
Dr. Kirsten Jung
Susanne Butschkau
Natalia Conopliova
Dr. Marion Schrumpf
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Lischeid
Florian Männer
Ruth Pickert
Alexander Konrad
Juliette Ohan
Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
Verena Groß
Abiel Rindisbacher
Dr. Steffi Heinrichs

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.