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. Martin Gossner
Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
Dr. Alexandra Weigelt
Dr. Stavros Veresoglou
Robert Künast
Prof. Dr. Martin Hofrichter
Markus Rubenbauer
Dr. Hugo Saiz
Ralf Lauterbach
Laura Argens
Natalia Conopliova
Jörg Hailer
Yang Yang
Prof. Dr. Anja Linstaedter
Matthias Groß
Verena Groß
Dr. Björn Hoppe
Roman Isaac
Dr. Dominik Seidel
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Lischeid
Pascal Scherreiks
Uta Schumacher
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Rachael Akinyede
Dr. Nadja Simons
Susanne Kurze
Michael Ehrhardt
Abiel Rindisbacher
Ruth Pickert
Dr. Daniel Prati
Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Eleonora Petzold
Dr. Peter Manning
Markus Birkenbach
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Dr. Sarah Bluhm
Prof. Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel
Dr. Cornelia Fürstenau
Anna Küchler
Prof. Dr. Francois Buscot
Christina M. Müller
Tobias Spanner
Karoline Jetter
Daniel Rieker
Prof. Dr. Mark Maraun
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Dr. Franca Marian
Rostand Romeo Chamedjeu

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.