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. Harald Kellner
Alexander Konrad
Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer
Markus Rubenbauer
Dr. Tim Richter-Heitmann
Valentin Mader
Dr. Martina Mund
Dr. Björn Hoppe
Anja Hoeck
Prof. Dr. Andrea Polle
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Florian Straub
Dr. Joana Bergmann
Jonas Rochlitz
Tom Lachaise
Michael Ehrhardt
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Ralf Lauterbach
Sandra Kammann
Martin Fellendorf
Sven Rubanschi
Florian Männer
Prof. Dr. Alexander Keller
Verena Groß
Dr. Kezia Goldmann
Prof. Dr. David Kleijn
Eleonora Petzold
Dr. Cornelia Fürstenau
Dr. Caterina Penone
Prof. Dr. Sara Leonhardt
Katharina John
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Jörg Memmert
Karoline Jetter
Dr. Julia Moll
Abiel Rindisbacher
Uta Schumacher
Dr. Steffi Heinrichs
Matthias Groß
Dr. Karl Kasper
Noëlle Schenk
Daniel Rieker
Dr. Kirsten Jung
Dr. Marion Schrumpf
Ruth Pickert
Prof. Dr. Eric Allan
Dr. Sarah Bluhm

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.