Institute of Landscape Ecology


Prof. Buttschardt
© Jan Lehmann

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Prof. Buttschardt
© Patrick Guenner

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New Publications at the ILÖK

  • Gabel, F.; Lorenz, S.; Stoll, S. (2017): Effects of ship-induced waves on aquatic ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 601-602: 926-939, doi 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.206
  • Schaller, C.; Göckede, M.; Foken, T. (2017): Flux calculation of short turbulent events – comparison of three methods. Atmospheric Measurement Technics. doi: 10.5194/amt-10-869-2017
  • Lokys, H.L.; Junk, J.; Krein, A. (2017): Short-term effects of air quality and thermal stress on non-accidental morbidity — a multivariate meta-analysis comparing indices to single measures. International Journal of Biometeorology. doi: 10.1007/s00484-017-1326-0
  • Song, Q.-H., Braeckevelt, E., Zhang, Y.-P., Sha, L.-Q.,  Zhou,W.-J., Liu, Y-T., Wu,,C.-S., Lu, Z-Y., Klemm, O. (2017) Evapotranspiration from a primary subtropical evergreen forest in Southwest China. Ecohydrology e1826,
  • Wagner V.; Chytrý M.; Zelený D.; von Wehrden H.; Brinkert A.; Danihelka J.; Jansen F.; Hölzel N.; Kamp J.; Lustyk P.; Merunková K.; Palpurina S.; Preislerová Z.; Wesche K. (2017): Regional differences in soil pH niche among dry grassland plants in Eurasia. Oikos 126(5): 660-670 doi: 10.1111/oik.03369

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

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Ulrike Berning-Mader für 25-jährige Dienstzeit geehrt

Im Namen des Kanzlers der WWU, Matthias Schwarte, sprach Prof. Dr. Buttschardt als Geschäftsführender Direktor des ILÖK  Frau Berning-Mader Dank und Anerkennung aus.  Wir gratulieren sehr herzlich!

Jan Thiele habilitiert

Dr. rer. nat. Jan Thiele (AG Angewandte Landschaftsökologie/Ökologische Planung) hat sich am 17.05.2017 mit einer kumulativen Arbeit zum Thema: Modelling invasion processes and impacts of non-native plant species at multiple scales habilitert. Ihm wurde vom Fachbereich 14 Geowissenschaften die Venia legendi für die Fächer Landschaftsökologie und Physische Geographie verliehen. Mit dieser Lehrberechtigung darf er nun den Titel Privatdozent führen. Wir gratulieren sehr herzlich!

New research project: Investigation of historical land use in the Biodiversity Exploratories

In the current phase of the DFG priority programme 1374 'Exploratories for large-scale and long-term functional biodiversity research' (2017-2020), Dr. Jan Thiele (Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning) got a grant for a project on effects of historical land use on species communities in grasslands (HiLUCC) that will be carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser, TU Munich. In this project, previous land use - dating back to ca. 1850 - around study plots (1-km radius) will be digitalised from historical maps. For this objective, we are looking for two student helpers with each 8 working hours per week (if you are interested, please mail to Jan Thiele). We will study if the land-use history of grassland plots as well as the historical landscape structure continue to have an effect on today's species communities. For example, fragments of previously large grassland areas may have an extinction debt. On new grassland parcels, species richness might depend on the presence of larger grassland areas and, thus, large species pools in the past. There will be possibilities to conduct MSc. theses in the frame of this projcet, e.g. on landscape change in the study areas Schorfheide-Chorin and Schwäbische Alb.
The HiLUCC project is situated in the research topic "Detection of landscape changes" of the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning.

Successful Follow-Up Application - Prolongation of the ESCAPE project

© Valentin H. Klaus

Dr. Ute Hamer (Soil Ecology and Land Use), Dr. Till Kleinebecker and Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel (both Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group) successfully applied for a prolongation of the ESCAPE project within the Biodiversity Exploratories at the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - German Research Foundation). In close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer and Dr. Daniel Prati from the University of Bern the effects of seed addition and disturbance on plant diversity, nutrient retention and litter decomposition along a land-use gradient will be further evaluated in the SADE experiment. Coordinated by postdoc Dr. Valentin Klaus this project stage will again facilitates students projects and theses.

  • Obituary for Jeannine Böhmichen

    Das Institut für Landschaftsökologie trauert um

    Jeannine Böhmichen

    (1987 - 2016)

    Jeannine, Du warst uns Vorbild und Inspiration; Antrieb und Maß. Vor allem aber waren wir einfach
    gerne mit Dir zusammen. Wir vermissen Dich.

    Anstelle von freundlich zugedachten Blumen und Kränzen, bitten wir um eine Spende an
    ,Jeannine Böhmichen", Sparkasse Münsterland Ost IBAN: DE68 4005 0150 0134 9575 54,
    BIC: WELADED1MST, Stichwort Stiftung Jeannine. Die Spenden werden wir ganz im Sinne
    von Jeannine weiterleiten.

    Traueranzeige der Familie

    Anstelle eines Nachrufes

  • Obituary for Prof. Dr. Christian Blodau

    With great sadness we inform of the passing of

    Prof. Dr. Christian Blodau


    An obituary is available in german language.

Special Issue on Grazing in European open landscapes

© Kristin Gilhaus

A Special Issue of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment edited by Péter Török, Sabine Tischew, Rudy van Diggelen and Norbert Hölzel on Grazing in European open landscapes is out now, compiling papers on the potential of traditional and alternative grazing practices. Topics such as sustaniability, biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, and agri-envrionmental schemes are covered.
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 234 (October 2016) Special Issue: Grazing in European open landscapes: how to reconcile sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation?

A winter visit to the Yamal tundra


Reindeer bulls just losing the skin from their fresh antler. Fresh Reindeer antlers sold to China provide currently new and major source of income to Nenets Reindeer herders
© Norbert Hölzel
  • Conference theme
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • The shuttle bus of the Tundra: MI 8 helicopter from Soviet times - old but faithful and reliable.
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • “Tschums”, traditional nomad tents covered with Reideer skins, wooden sledges and a satellite antenna.
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • Nenets kids, a little confused by the crowd entering their camp.
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • Domestic Reindeers in the Shrub-Tundra of the southern Yamal peninsula
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • My first frosty winter experience in the Tundra.
    © Norbert Hölzel
  • A brand new Finnish Reindeer slaughter house in the Tundra: 320 tons of reindeer meat products are exported annually to Germany and other European countries.
    © Norbert Hölzel

Upon invitation by the government of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district in the very north of Western Siberia, Norbert Hölzel and Ramona Fitz joint an international conference on “Preventing the dissemination of infectious animal diseases on climate change” held in the city of Salekhard at the polar circle  from November 9th to 11th, 2016. more...

Further interesting articles are published on the homepage of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group.

Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multi-functionality

© Valentin Klaus

Not only birds and flowers, but also rather unpopular insects and invisible soil-dwelling organisms maintain a wide range of ecosystem services. This is the result of a recent study published in Nature, to which Norbert Hölzel, Till Kleinebecker and Valentin Klaus of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group contributed. The lead author Dr. Santiago Soliveres of the University of Bern synthesized extensive datasets on a large number of taxa, that had been collected since 2009 in the framework of the DFG focal programme “Biodiversity Exploratories”. (press release)

Prof. Dr. Christian Blodau

Tracking the carbon in Canadian peatlands

A portrait of biogeochemical research at the Institute of Landscape Ecology

Ecosystems are increasingly influenced by climate change and the climate can be influenced by ecosystem change. Feedbacks of this kind are a focus of biogeochemical research worldwide. The documentary illustrates how research proceeds in this field and gives answers on questions that are raised: What is our motivation to address scientific questions? Why do we investigate Canadian peatlands? What are the steps of a successful research project in this field? How does the teamwork between students and scientists look like? How does a day in the field look like? What have we learned from our investigations? And after all: Can science be fun? 

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