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. Henrik Krehenwinkel
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Dr. Marvin Ludwig
Steffen Ferber
Susanne Butschkau
Ralph Bolliger
Jeff Beem-Miller
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
Christin Schreiber
Hauke Winter
Prof. Dr. Olena Dubovyk
Dr. Lena Neuenkamp
Verena Groß
Dr. Dominik Seidel
Dr. Steffi Heinrichs
Sven Rubanschi
Prof. Dr. Paul Magdon
Markus Birkenbach
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn
Laura Argens
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Dr. Stephanie Jurburg
Dr. Sarah Bluhm
Alexander Konrad
Dr. Javier Muro
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Seibold
Martin Fellendorf
Prof. Dr. Anja Linstaedter
Prof. Dr. Hanna Meyer
Rachael Akinyede
Dr. Rene Kallies
Dr. Daniel Prati
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Sarah Martin
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Dr. Marion Schrumpf
Prof. Dr. Sara Leonhardt
Dr. Caterina Penone
Dr. Maria Alejandra Parreno
Daniel Rieker
Shreya Tilve
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser
Dr. Anna Katharina Franke
Natalia Conopliova
Nils Volles
Susanne Kurze
Pascal Scherreiks

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.