Welcome to the Research Group Soil Ecology and Land Use!

Office Hours

Prof. Dr. Ute Hamer:

during semester term: Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

Klausurankündigung "Bodenkunde"

Die Klausur findet am Mittwoch, den 07.02.2024 um 10:15 Uhr im GEO I in der Heisenbergstr. 2 statt.

Achtung: Ohne vorherige Qispos-Anmeldung der Modulabschlussprüfung ist die Teilnahme an der Klausur nicht möglich!

 

Deciduous trees
© Johanna Klose

Lust auf Boden? Lust auf alten Wald? Lust ganz NRW zu bereisen?

Dann ist das neue Projekt der AG Bodenökologie und Landnutzung das richtige für Dich!

HiWi-Jobs und Themen für Abschlussarbeiten (B.Sc., M.Sc.) oder Forschungsprojekte in Naturwaldzellen

Für das neue Projekt „Kohlenstoffspeicher in nordrhein-westfälischen Naturwaldzellen“ suchen wir zum nächst möglichem Zeitpunkt interessierte und motivierte Hiwis. Wir werden in 16 Naturwaldzellen verteilt über ganz NRW Bodenproben ziehen. Dafür ist auch mal die ein oder andere Übernachtung außerhalb Münsters von Nöten und natürlich recht lange Fahrten durchs Land, ein Führerschein wäre also von Vorteil. Im ILÖK-Labor werden wir dann die Proben aufbereiten und messen. Die Einstellung erfolgt ab Mai bis Ende Dezember 2024, die Hiwis sollten für alle Arbeiten gleichermaßen motiviert sein.

Auch sind Abschlussarbeiten oder Forschungsprojkete im Projekt mit dem Fokus auf Boden und in Verknüpfung mit bereits vorhandenen Vegetations- und Waldstrukturdaten denkbar.

Das Projekt ist die ideale Gelegenheit Kompetenzen im Bereich Bodenkunde zu vertiefen, methodische Fähigkeiten im Labor auszubauen und sich nebenbei mit der Landschaft ALLER Regionen in NRW auseinanderzusetzten!

Zeitraum:  2024

Ansprechpartnerin:

| Landscape ecology students publish soil science study
Tea bags with different varieties
© Thomas Middelanis

Tea bags - new approach published

Ten years ago, the Tea Bag Index was introduced. Since then, tea bags have been buried around the globe to measure the activity of decomposition in the soil. This even allows us to better understand the evolution of the world's climate. As the method has become more widespread, its shortcomings have also become better known. Now, an ILÖK study has been published in the Japanese journal Ecological Research. The results help to overcome the methodological deficiencies and open up new application possibilities. These include the participation of non-professionals (so-called citizen scientists), who can easily apply the revised tea bag index themselves.

link to the publication

Top: Tea bags on a shovel; Bottom: Logo of the project "TeaComposition"
© Ika Djukic

The Tea Decomposition Project - It´s Tea Time!

Since the beginning of this month, the ILÖK is part of the worldwide operating "TeaComposition"project.  "TeaComposition" is realised under the auspices of Research Group Ecosystem Research & Environmental-Information management of the Federal Environment Agency in Wien (Austria) and aims at the investigation of long-term litter decomposition dynamics in various habitats.
The project focuses on the analysis of carbon storage- and -loss in litter as well as the corresponding key factors wiith regard to current and future global climate scenarios. The spreading of the teabags in addition to the corresponding laboratory analysis is done in a cooperation of the two Research Groups Soil Ecology and Land Use and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research as part of the Biodiversity Exploratories.

Tree root
© Ute Hamer

BiCO2 - New project on the connection between biodiversity and carbon storage

Significant amounts of carbon are stored in Central European forests. In addition, forests and their soils are important for biological diversity, which in turn strengthens the adaptability and stability of the forest ecosystem. The aim of this project, which is carried out jointly with the NABU-Naturschutzstation Münsterland [de]  and the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) [de] , is a synoptic view of the carbon balance and biodiversity - above and below ground. The studies planned for the next three years should help to better assess the influence of the intensity of use on the performance of forests in terms of biodiversity, carbon storage and climate stability.

Further information:

Congratulation on the Humboldt Research Scholarship!

Lab tour with scientists
© Ute Hamer

 Dr. Na Li receives a research scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. The soil scientist from the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harbin) is going to investigate the turnover of the organic matter in black soils in the north-east of China in cooperation with her hosts Dr. habil-.Ute Hamer (ILÖK) and Prof. Dr. Yakov Kuzyakov (Göttingen University).

Kick-off Meeting Sino-German Project 2016

Group picture in front of the climate station of the roof of the GEO1 building
© Ute Hamer

Soil Scientists from Germany and China met in may at the ILÖK for the Kick-off Meeting of a collaborative research project under the responsibility of Dr. habil. Ute Hamer and Prof. Dr. Bin Zhang. The soil's organic matter of black soils in the north-east of China is the focus of the research. The fertility of the black soils (Mollisols) in the region, that are used for intensive agriculture, is strongly endangered through soil erosion and the loss of the soil's organic matter.  The aim of the project is to better understand the biological and physical mechanisms that control the decomposition, respectively the stabilisation of organic matter in the black soils. For this purpose, modern analytical techniques like isotope technology, computer tomography and NMR-spectroscopy are used.