Institute of Landscape Ecology


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).

New publications at the ILÖK

  • Bruelheide H.;Dengler J.;Jiménez-Alfaro B.;Purschke O.;Hennekens S.; Chytrý M.; Pillar V.; Jansen F.; Kattge J.; Sandel B.; Aubin I.; Biurrun I.; Field R.; Haider S.; Jandt U.; Lenoir J.; Peet R.; Peyre G.; Sabatini F.; Schmidt M.; Schrodt F.; Winter M.; ... Hölzel N.; ... : (2019) sPlot – a new tool for global vegetation analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 161-186. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12710
  • 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. doi: 10.1002/pan3.21
  • Heim, RJ.; Hölzel, N.; Heinken, T.; Kamp, J.; Thomas, A.; Darman, GF.; Smirenski, SM.; Heim, W. (2019) Post-burn and long-term fire effects on plants and birds in floodplain wetlands of the Russian Far East. Biodiversity and Conservation 28: 1611-1628 [doi:10.1007/s10531-019-01746-3]
  • Palpurina, S.; Chytrı, M.; Hölzel, N.; Tichý L.; Wagner, V.; Horsák, M.; Axmanová, I.; Hajek, M.; Hájková, P.; Freitag, M.; Lososová, Z.; Mathar, W.; Tzonev, R.; Danihelka, J.; Dřevojan, P. (2019) The type of nutrient limitation affects the plant species richness–productivity relationship: evidence from dry grasslands across Eurasia. Journal of Ecology 107: 1038–1050 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13084]
  • Maurer, M.; Klemm, O.; Lokys, H.L.; Lin, N.-H. (2019): Trends of Fog and Visibility in Taiwan: Climate Change or Air Quality Improvement? Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 19, 896–910. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2018.04.0152
  • Bucharova, A.; Bossdorf, O.; Hölzel, N.; Kollmann, J.; Prasse, R.; Durka, W.: (2019) Mix and match: regional admixture provenancing strikes a balance among different seed-sourcing strategies for ecological restoration. Conservation Genetics 20: 7-17 doi:10.1007/s10592-018-1067-6
  • van der Plas, F.; Allan E.; Fischer, M.; Alt, F.; Arndt, H.; Binkenstein, J.; Blaser, S.; Blüthgen, N.; Böhm, S.; Hölzel, N.; Klaus, VH.; Kleinbecker, T.; Morris, EK.; Oelmann, Y.; Prati, D.; Renner, S.; Rillig, MC.; Schaefer, HM.; Schloter, M.; Schmitt, B.; Schöning, I.; Schrumpf, M.; Solly, E.; Sorkau, E.; Steckel, J.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.; Stempfhuber, B.; Tschapka, M.; Weiner, CN.; Weisser, WW.; Werner, M.; Westphal, C.; Wilcke, W.; Manning, P.: (2019) Towards the development of general rules describing landscape heterogeneity-multifunctionality relationships. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 168-179 doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13260
  • Lampei, C.: (2019) Multiple simultaneous treatments change plant response from adaptive parental effects to within-generation plasticity, in Arabidopsis thaliana. Oikos 128: 368–379 doi:10.1111/oik .05627

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

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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