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Looking back: 49th annual conference of the GfÖ in Münster

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From 9th to 13th September the ILÖK hosted the 49th annual conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) in the premises of the Fürstenberghaus. With 689 participants from 25 countries, the conference was one of the best attended GfÖ conferences in the past decades. In eight parallel sessions 380 talks and 180 posters were presented. According to the theme of the conference, many sessions dealt with topical environmental policy issues, such as urban air hygiene, climate change, the decline of insect populations and agricultural policy. The German-language sessions of the "Praktikertag" proved to be a demanded forum for exchange between researchers and practitioners of nature conservation and environmental protection. The conference ended with a conference dinner followed by a club night at the music club Jovel, excursions to the Emsaue and Rieselfelder Münster as well as to the ILÖK's restoration projects in limestone quarries of the Teutoburg Forest and peat extraction sites near Vechta.

25 years Institute of Landscape Ecology

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This year, the ILÖK celebrates its 25th anniversary. On this occasion the institute had invited on 10.09.2019 in the context of the annual conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) in Münster to a small celebration, attended by more than 80 former and active institute members. Also present were the two founding fathers of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Schreiber and Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier, whose untiring efforts over many years have largely led to the founding of the Institute. After greetings of the dean of the department Prof. Dr. Harald Strauss and of the former AStA chairman and ILÖK graduate Dr. Josef Tumbrinck (today sub-department head nature conservation in the BMU), the managing director of the institute Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Hölzel gave a brief overview of the development of the Institute since its foundation in 1994. The evening ended with a lively exchange and a friendly get-together of the guests.

Invitation: "Ornithology in the wild east" - bird research in Russia

© Wieland Heim

Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union are home to the largest populations of most Palearctic bird species. Unfortunately, often little is known about the ecology and population changes of these core populations. Since 2011, the Amur Bird Project has been investigating bird populations and migratory routes. Those interested in the results of this year's expeditions are invited to attend the public lectures at the annual meeting on 07.12.2019 at the Institute for Landscape Ecology in Münster. This year, under the title "Ornithology in the wild east", numerous other projects will also be presented that deal with the bird world in the little explored vastness of Eurasia.  Programme

The relevance of peatlands for the climate

© wwu-MünsterView

In the Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry Group we study the relevance of peatlands and wetlands for greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon storage. We also assess efforts for restoration of in Germany often strongly degraded and drained peatlands, and the effects of permafrost thaw on peatlands in high latitutes. In the context of the climate change discussion, this has now been picked up by the WWU press office and other media. We are glad to see that peatlands are now getting more attention in ongoing discussions.

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.


New publications at the ILÖK

  • Hines, J.; Ebeling, A.; Barnes, A.; Brose, U.; Scherber, C.; Scheu, S.; Tscharntke, T.; Weisser, WW.; Giling, DP, Klein, AM.; Eisenhauer, N. (2019): Mapping change in biodiversity and ecosystem function research: Food webs foster integration of experiments and science policy. Advances in Ecological Research 61: 297-322. doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.008
  • Eisenhauer, N.; Schielzeth, H.; Barnes, AD.; Barry, K.; Bonn, A.; Brose, U.; Bruelheide, H.; Buchmann, N.; Buscot, F.; Ebeling, A, Ferlian, A.; Freschet., GT.; Giling, DP, Hättenschwiler, S.; Hillebrand, H.; Hines, J.; Isbell, F.; Koller-France, E.; König-Ries, B.; de Kroon, H.; Meyer, ST.; Milcu, A.; Müller,J.; Nock, CE.; Petermann,JS.; Roscher, C.; Scherber, C.; Scherer-Lorenzen, M.; Schmid, B.; Schnitzer, SA.; Schuldt , A.; Tscharntke, T.; Türke, M.; van Dam, NM.; van der Plas, F.; Vogel, A.; Wagg, C.; Wardle, DA.; Weigelt, A.; Weisser, WW.; Wirth, C.; Jochum, M (2019): A multitrophic perspective on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning research. Advances in Ecological Research 61: 1-54. doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.001
  • Raatz. L.; Bacchi. N.; Pirhofer-Walzl. K.; Glemnitz. M.; Müller. MEH.; Joshi. J*.; Scherber. C* (2019): How much do we really lose? - Yield losses in the proximity of natural landscape elements in agricultural landscapes. Ecology and Evolution 9(13): 7838-7848. [*shared senior authorship] doi: 10.1002/ece3.5370
  • Kormann, U.; Scherber, C.; Batáry, P.; Tscharntke, T.; Rösch, V (2019): Connectedness of habitat fragments boosts conservation benefits for butterflies, but only in landscapes with little cropland. Landscape Ecology 34(5): 1045-1056. doi: 10.1007/s10980-019-00835-6
  • Meyer ,M.; Ott, D.; Götze, P.; Koch, HJ.; Scherber, C (2019): Crop identity and memory effects on aboveground arthropods in a long-term crop rotation experiment. Ecology and Evolution 9(12): 7307-7323. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5302
  • Scherber, C.; Reininghaus, H.; Brandmeier, J.; Everwand, G.; Gagić, V.; Greiwe, T.; Kormann, UG.; Meyer, M.; Nagelsdiek, SW.; Rösch, V.; Sobek-Swant, S.; Thies, C.; Ott., D (2019): Insektenvielfalt und ökologische Prozesse in Agrar- und Waldlandschaften. Natur und Landschaft 94: 245-254. doi: 10.17433/6.2019.50153699.245-254
  • Grass, I.; Loos.; J.; Baensch, S.; Batáry, P.; Librán-Embid, F.; Ficiciyan, A.; Klaus, F.; Riechers, R.; Rosa, J.; Tiede, J.; Udy, K.; Westphal, C.; Wurz, A.; Tscharntke, T (2019): Land-sharing/-sparing connectivity landscapes for ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. People and Nature 1(2): 262-272. doi: 10.1002/pan3.21
  • Brose, U.; Archambault, P.; Barnes, AD; Bersier, LF; Boy,T. Canning-Clode,J.; Conti,E.; Dias, M.; Digel, C.; Dissanayake, A.; Flores, AA-V.; Fussmann,K.; Gauzens, B.; Gray, C.; Häussler, J.; Hirt, MR.; Jacob, U.; Jochum, M.; Kéfi, S.; McLaughlin, O.; MacPherson, MM.; Latz, E.; Layer-Dobra, K.; Legagneux, P.; Li, Y.; Madeira, C.; Martinez, ND.; Mendonça, V.; Mulder, C.; Navarrete, SA.; O’Gorman, EJ.; Ott, D.; Paula, J.; Perkins, D.; Piechnik, D.; Pokrovsky, I.; Raffaelli, D.; Rall, BC.; Rosenbaum, B.; Ryser, R.; Silva, A.; Sohlström, EH.; Sokolova, N.; Thompson, MSA.; Thompson, RM.; Vermandele, F.; Vinagre, C.; Wang, S.; Wefer, JM.; Williams, RJ.; Wieters, E.; Woodward, G.; & Iles, AC. (2019): Predator traits determine food-web architecture across ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 919-927. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0899-x
  • 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: 16(6): 4041-4059. 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(1-2): 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 107(6): 2635-2649. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13211

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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 ...

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

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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.
Programme

© 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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