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. Marvin Ludwig
Dr. Melanie Maraun
Dr. Daniel Prati
Birgit Olberg
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn
Dr. Fons van der Plas
Prof. Dr. Patrick Schäfer
Prof. Dr. Lena Wilfert
Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedl
Ralf Lauterbach
Prof. Dr. Berta Martín López
Prof. Dr. Tim Urich
Christin Schreiber
Susanne Butschkau
Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Ralph Bolliger
Susanne Kurze
Marit Hertlein
Prof. Dr. Jaqueline Loos
Dr. Sven Marhan
Dr. Sophie Peter
Prof. Dr. Paul Magdon
Dr. Nico Jehmlich
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Borer
Jeff Beem-Miller
Ryan Carroll
Prof. Dr. Peter Manning
Prof. Dr. Christian Riedel
Yang Yang
Dr. Andrea Larissa Boesing
PD Dr. Markus Müller
Dr. Dominik Seidel
Jörg Hailer
Prof. Dr. Bruno Glaser
Dr. Maria Alejandra Parreno
Dr. Steffen Schweizer
Prof. Dr. Martin Gossner
Stephan Wöllauer
Johanna Noske
Dr. Marion Mehring
Alexander Konrad
Dr. Rene Kallies
Dr. Kezia Goldmann
Roman Isaac
Noëlle Schenk
Karoline Jetter
Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries

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.