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.
PD Dr. Alexander Keller
Prof. Dr. Nico Blüthgen
Prof. Dr. Christian Ammer
Martin Fellendorf
Frank Suschke
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann
Matthias Groß
Eleonora Petzold
Prof. Dr. Julia Koricheva
Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel
Ulrich Pruschitzki
Dr. Peter Manning
Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel
Dr. Nadja Simons
Roman Isaac
Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer
Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries
Melissa Jüds
Prof. Dr. Hans Lambers
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Robert Künast
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn
Dr. Max Müller
Dr. Johannes Sikorski
Dr. Cornelia Fürstenau
Alexander Konrad
Dr. Stefan Erasmi
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Valentin Mader
Prof. Dr. Sara Leonhardt
Dr. Anna Katharina Franke
Jan-Niklas Schmidt
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
Prof. Dr. Ellen Kandeler
Tom Lachaise
Anja Hoeck
Sarah Martin
Sophie Peter
Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu
Prof. Dr. Manfred Ayasse
Prof. Dr. Eric Allan
Dr. Kirsten Jung
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Christin Schreiber
Dr. Joana Bergmann
Uta Schumacher
Katharina John

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.