Institute of Landscape Ecology


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.

New Publications at the ILÖK

  • Bucharova, A.; Michalski, S.; Hermann, J-M.; Heveling, K.; Durka, W.; Hölzel, N.; Kollmann, J.; Bossdor,f O. (2017): Genetic differentiation and regional adaptation among seed origins used for grassland restoration: lessons from a multispecies transplant experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (1): 127–136, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12645
  • Durka, W.; Michalski, SG.; Berendzen, KW.; Bossdorf, O.; Bucharova, A.; Hermann, JM.; Hölzel, N.; Kollmann, J.(2017): Genetic differentiation within multiple common grassland plants supports seed transfer zones for ecological restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (1): 116–126 doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12636
  • Pe’er,G.; Zinngrebe,Y.; Hauck,J.; Schindler,S.; Dittrich,A.; Zingg,S.; Tscharntke,T.; Oppermann,R.; Sutcliffe,S.; Sirami,C.; Schmidt,J.; Hoyer,C.; Schleyer,C; Lakner,S.; (2016): Adding some green to the greening: improving the EU’s Ecological Focus Areas for biodiversity and farmers. Conservation Letters, doi: 10.1111/conl.12333
  • Rudolph,M.; Velbert,F.; Schwenzfeier,S.; Kleinebecker,T.; Klaus,V.H.;(2017): Patterns and potentials of plant species richness in high- and low-maintenance urban grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 20 (1): 18–27 doi: 10.1111/avsc.12267
  • Klaus,VH*.; Hölzel,N.; Prati,D.; Schmitt,B.; Schöning,I.; Schrumpf,M.; Solly,EF.; Hänsel,F.; Fischer,M.; Kleinebecker,T.* (2016): Plant diversity moderates drought stress in grasslands: Implications from a large real-world study on 13C natural abundances. Science of the Total Environment 566–567: 215–222. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.008 (* equal authorship)

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

  • 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 avalible 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. Tillmann Buttschardt

Researchers from Brasil, Germany and Portugal discussed about invasive plant species issues

© Jan Lehmann

Article only avalible in german language...

Prof. Dr. Otto Klemm

Windmessung mit einem LiDAR-System auf der Torminbrücke am Aasee

© AG Klimatologie

Article only avalible in german language...

Prof. Dr. Tillmann Buttschardt

Projekt "GrünSchatz" als Vorreiter im Klimaschutz ausgezeichnet

© André Dünnebacke / Regionale 2016 Agentur

Article only avalible in german language...

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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