Research
Main Research Areas

Main Research Areas

Ecology and biodiversity

The Institute of Geobotany studies the ecology and biodiversity of natural and human-modified systems at local and landscape scales. Our research focuses on evaluating the effects and interactions of abiotic and biotic drivers of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and the long-term provisioning of ecosystem services across spatial and temporal scales.  

Ecology and biodiversity

The Institute of Geobotany studies the ecology and biodiversity of natural and human-modified systems at local and landscape scales. Our research focuses on evaluating the effects and interactions of abiotic and biotic drivers of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and the long-term provisioning of ecosystem services across spatial and temporal scales.  

Landscapes in constant change

The section is interested in the description and investigation of landscapes and ecosystems. For these are not by chance as they are. Shaped by geological and climatic events and constantly changed by evolution, the state of a landscape can only be described temporarily. For example, the north-west German lowlands today do not look the same as they did 10,000 years ago. Anthropogenic and ecological influences have changed the landscape as we know it today.
And this change is continuing. Be it through agriculture and forestry, through climate change or the evolutionary "arms race" that has been taking place since life on earth has existed. Landscapes, ecology and evolution are inseparably intertwined and constantly changing. The world is ours to discover.

Ecology of sustainable land use

How can biodiverse, functional and resilient ecosystems sustain in the presence of global disturbances and change? With a focus on arthropod biodiversity and arthropod-plant interactions, we are investigating the links between land use intensity and landscape context and the conservation and resilience of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services.

Practical experience

Experience is essential to identify and assess ecosystem processes. We use multi-level field experiments, greenhouse and laboratory experiments, ecological modelling and the combination of environmental data sets. Students test their practical experience on regular field trips.