Institute of Landscape Ecology


Welcome Hanna Meyer!

© Hanna Meyer

Dr. Hanna Meyer has accepted the offer for a position as Full Professor of Remote Sensing & Spatial Modelling at the Institute of Landscape Ecology and started working at October 1st 2019. We warmly welcome our new colleague and look forward to future collaboration.

2nd BIOBRAS Summerschool

© buttschardt

The world is currently looking to New York, where the 72nd United Nations General Assembly will focus primarily on climate protection and the fires in the Amazon. Since this topic is of the utmost importance also in Münster, it is rightly negotiated so prominently. Less well known, however, is the fact that the Cerrado, one of the most species-rich ecosystems in the world, which alone is home to 4800 endemic animal and plant species, is even more severely affected by deforestation, fires and land use change than the South American forest ecosystems. In the context of the second BIOBRAS Summer School from 10-28.09.2019, Cerrado, Campos rupestres and Cangas will be regarded as so-called "neglected ecosystems" and researched in the Serra do Cipó and Serra do Gandarela. Read more ...

New publications at the ILÖK

  • Schaller, C.; Kittler, F.; Foken, T.; Göckede, M. (2019): Characterisation of short-term extreme methane fluxes related to non-turbulent mixing above an Arctic permafrost ecosystem. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics; doi: 10.5194/acp-19-4041-2019
  • Quichimbo, P.; Jiménez, L.; Veintimilla, D.; Potthast, K.; Tischer, A.; Günter, S.; Mosandl, R.; Hamer, U. (2019): Nutrient dynamics in an Andean forest region: a case study of exotic and native species plantations in southern Ecuador. New Forests. doi: 10.1007/s11056-019-09734-9.
  • Tischer, A.; Sehl, L.; Meyer, U. N.; Kleinebecker, T.; Klaus, V.; Hamer, U. (2019): Land-use intensity shapes kinetics of extracellular enzymes in rhizosphere soil of agricultural grassland plant species. Plant and Soil 437:215-239. doi: 10.1007/s11104-019-03970-w
  • Schäfer, D.; Klaus V. H.; Kleinebecker, T.; Boeddinghaus, R. S.; Hinderling, J.; Kandeler, E.; Marhan, S.; Nowak, S.; Sonnemann, I.; Wurst, S.; Fischer, M.; Hölzel, N.; Hamer, U.; Prati. D. (2019): Recovery of ecosystem functions after experimental disturbance in 73 grasslands differing in land-use intensity, plant species richness and community composition. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13211
  • Boeddinghaus, R.; Marhan, S.; Berner, D.; Boch, S.; Fischer, M.; Hölzel, N.; Kattge, J.; Klaus, VH.; Kleinebecker, T.; Oelmann, Y.; Prati, D.; Schäfer, D.; Schöning, I.; Schrumpf, M.; Sorkau, E.; Kandeler, E.; Manning, P. (2019) Plant functional trait shifts explain concurrent changes in the structure and function of grassland soil microbial communities. Journal of Ecology 107: 2197–2210 doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13182
  • Heim, W.; Trense, D.; Heim, A.; Kamp, J.; Smirenski, S.M.; Wink, M.; Wulf, T. (2019) Discovery of a new breeding population of the Vulnerable Swinhoe’s Rail Coturnicops exquisitus confirmed by genetic analysis. Bird Conservation International 29: 454–462 doi: 10.1017/S0959270918000138
  • Sander, MM.; Heim, W.; Schmaljohann, H. (2019) Seasonal and diurnal increases in energy stores in migratory warblers at an autumn stopover site along the Asian-Australasian flyway. Journal of Ornithology doi: 10.1007/s10336-019-01701-7
  • Bozó, L.; Heim, W.; Trense, D.; Fetting, P.; Eilts, HJ.; Wobker, J.; Csörgő, T. (2019) Migration timing of Pallas’s Grasshopper-warbler Locustella certhiola and Lanceolated Warbler L. lanceolata at a stopover site in the Russian Far East. Ornithological Science 18(2): 177-181
  • De Jong, A.; Torniainen, J.; Bourski, O.V.; Heim, W.; Edenius, L. (2019) Tracing the origin of vagrant Siberian songbirds with stable isotopes: the case of Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) in Fennoscandia. Ornis Fennica 96: 90-99 download
  • Busch, V.; Klaus, VH.; Schäfer, D.; Prati, D.; Boch, S.; Müller, J.; Chisté, M.; Mody, K.; Blüthgen, N.; Fischer, M.; Hölzel, N.; Kleinebecker, T. (2019) Will I stay or will I go? Plant species specific response and tolerance to high land-use intensity in temperate grassland ecosystems. Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 674-686; doi: 10.1111/jvs.12749
  • Midolo, G.; De Frenne, P.; Hölzel, N.; Wellstein, C. (2019) Global patterns of intraspecific leaf trait responses to elevation. Global Change Biology 25: 2485-2498; doi: 10.1111/gcb.14646
  • Steinhäuser, C. (2019): Mountain farmers’ intangible values foster agroecological landscapes: case studies from Sierra Santa Victoria in northwest Argentina and the Ladin Dolomites, northern Italy. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, doi: 10.1080/21683565.2019.1624285

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

Impressions of the 2nd Insect Conference in Münster with Environment Minister Svenja Schulze

© Birgit Königs

Around 200 participants took part in a diverse program of lectures, discussions and workshops on the topic of insect decline at the 2nd Insect Conference. The current state of knowledge and ways to stop the decline of insects were presented and discussed at this conference, organized by the NABU NRW and the Institute of Landscape Ecology. A detailed report can be found here (in German).

Dr. Jan Lehmann

The view from above: 10 years of unmanned aerial systems in geosciences

© jan.lehmann

For more than 10 years unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have been used in teaching and research activities in the field of Geosciences. Initially started as the "ifgicopter" project group at the Institute of Geoinformatics, the focus has intensified in recent years on ecological applications. In order to emphasize this interdisciplinary nature of the project group (Geoinformatics & Landscape Ecology), the group has renamed itself in "GEO1copter". Interested parties can find out more about current research projects, theses and publications on the new homepage. New student members are always welcome in the project group. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to jan.lehmann

New textbook on restoration ecology

© Springer

Together with Johannes Kollmann, Anita Kirmer, Sabine Tischew and Kathrin Kiehl, Norbert Hölzel has recently published a new textbook on restoration ecology. This book will cover the basics of restoration ecology, including their application and methods for restoring ecosystems. The book is addressed primarily to students and can be used for parallel reading.
The individual chapters can be downloaded here (free for university members).

Manual for the propagation of hummock peat mosses

© DBU/Hölzel et al.

In a joint project with the Stiftung Lebensraum Moor and the substrate manufacturer Gramoflor GmbH & Co. KG, the Institute of Landscape Ecology has produced a manual for the propagation of hummock peat mosses for restoration purposes (in German) as a guideline for restoration. In this project, funded by the German Federal Environment Foundation (DBU), various propagation methods were tested on irrigated greenhouse tables as well as in field trials. More information here

Excursion to Nepal 2019 - Blog

© StaBa

Nepal - mountains, yaks, yetis and culture. Together with Dr. Andreas Malkus and Christoph Nothelfer from the Institute of Landscape Ecology, a 16-day trekking tour and a visit to the colourful capital Kathmandu starts for enthusiastic students of the University of Münster.

Read more ... (in German)

A palaearctic perspective on birds: public lectures

© Wieland Heim / Foto: Arend Heim

Russia harbours significant populations of most Palaearctic birds, but only few information is available. During the Amur Bird Project annual meeting we will report on the progress of the ornithological work in the Far East and beyond. All presentations on the 15th of December 2018 at the Institute of Landscape Ecology in Münster are open for the public.

© Francesco Maria Sabatini / MLU

Songbird migration along the East Asian flyway: field work all over Russia in 2018

© Ilka Beermann

Migration routes used by birds travelling from Eurasia to Africa and vice versa are well studied, but little do we know on the whereabouts of birds moving to Asia. Since 2016 we use light-level geolocators to track individual songbirds from Russia. This year´s field work started in the Far East, and followed the Trans-Siberian Railway across Siberia to Northwest-Russia. One of the target species was the critically endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola. To study the survival rate of this declining songbird, we colour-ringed several individuals in the Selenga river delta at Lake Baikal and near Syktyvkar. Furthermore, a total of 113 individuals out of 8 species were equipped with new tracking devices during our expedition at four more study sites. Further information......

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