Institute of Landscape Ecology


Prof. Dr. Buttschardt

New Publication about modelling invader impact in dune ecosystems

© Hellmann et al. (2017)

A new study about modelling the impact of the invasive, nitrogen (N)-fixing shrub Acacia longifolia on N cycling in a nutrient-poor dune ecosystem was published by André Große-Stoltenberg and Dr. Jan Thiele of the research group Ecological Planning within the projects DeInVader (funded by EUFAR) and QUEEN (DFG) in the journal “Scientific Reports”. The team presents a new approach. Read further... The university paper published a short article Link.

New Publications at the ILÖK

  • Wertebach, TM.; Hölzel, N.; Kämpf, I.; Yurtaev, A.; Tupitsin, S.; Kiehl, K.; Kamp , J.; Kleinebecker, T. (2017): Soil carbon sequestration due to post-Soviet cropland abandonment: estimates from a large-scale soil organic carbon field inventory. Global Change Biology 23 (9): 3729-3741 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13650
  • Klaus, VH.; Schäfer, D.; Kleinebecker, T.; Fischer, M.; Prati, D.; Hölzel, N. (2017): Enriching plant diversity in grasslands by large-scale experimental sward disturbance and seed addition along gradients of land-use intensity. Journal of Plant Ecology 10 (4): 581-591 DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw062
  • Blodau, C.; Agethen, S.; Broder, T.; Knorr, K.-H. (2017): Gradients of organic matter quality, mineralization and sequestration in Cook's Bay of Lake Simcoe, Canada. Limnologica, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.limno.2017.04.005
  • Broder, T.; Knorr, K.-H.; Biester, H. (2017): Changes in dissolved organic matter quality in a peatland and forest headwater stream as a function of seasonality and hydrolic conditions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 2035-2051, doi: 10.5194/hess-21-2035-2017
  • Lehmann,  J.R.K.; Prinz, T.; Ziller, S.R.; Thiele, J.; Heringer, G.; Meira-Neto, J.A.A.; Buttschardt, T.K . (2017): Open-Source Processing and Analysis of Aerial Imagery Acquired with a Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial System to Support Invasive Plant Management. Front. Environ. Sci. 5:44. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00044

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Prof. Dr. Buttschardt

IALE-D 2017 in Münster

© Jan Lehmann

Water is one of the shaping elements of many landscapes. Beyond the visible range, water is indispensable for all processes of life. In landscapes it can function as component, dissolver, carrier of energy, or material fluxes or has regulative functions. Many current problems and challenges are related to this topic, be it questions about climatic regulation or flood protection, the pollution of groundwater or the supply of the growing human population with resources like food and drinking water. In landscape ecology the topic water is mostly handled impilcitly. Thus it is interesting to focus on water and the dependence and interactions at the landscape level. Many initiatives, concepts, legal regulations and normative discussions around water mark the current development in science and society. The annual conference is therefore focussing on this topic in the field of landscape ecology.
Within the last years the research community in Münster developed a strong focus on the topic water. There is a strong cooperation between different faculties of the Münster University and the University of Applied Sciences. IALE-D 2017 website

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.

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