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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.

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New publications at the ILÖK

  • 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
  • Carl, C.; Lehmann, J.R.K.; Landgraf, D.; Pretzsch, H.: Robinia pseudoacacia L. in Short Rotation Coppice: Seed and Stump Shoot Reproduction as well as UAS-based Spreading Analysis. Forests 2019, 10, 235.  doi: 10.3390/f10030235 
  • Teickner, H.; Lehmann, J.R.K.; Guth, P.; Meinking, F.; Ott, D.: Recognize the Little Ones: UAS-Based In-Situ Fluorescent Tracer Detection. Drones 2019, 3(1), 20; doi: 10.3390/drones3010020
  • Huth, E.; Paltrinieri, S.; Thiele, J.: Bioenergy and its effects on landscape aesthetics – A survey contrasting conventional and wild crop biomass production: Biomass and Bioenergy Volume 122, March 2019, Pages 313-321. Doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.01.043
  • Steinhäuser, C.; Buttschardt, T.K: Argentiniens ungleiche Diskurse zwischen nachhaltiger Entwicklung und buen vivir in der Enzyklika Laudato si‘. In: Marianne Heimbach-Steins und Sabine Schlacke (Hg.)(2019): Die Enzyklika Laudato si'. Ein interdisziplinärer Nachhaltigkeitsansatz? Baden-Baden: Nomos, 161–199.
  • Muskus, A.M.; Krauss, M.; Miltner, A.; Hamer, U.; Nowak, K. M. (2019): Effect of temperature, pH and total organic carbon variations on microbial turnover of 13C315N-glyphosate in agricultural soil. Science of the Total Environment 658: 697-707. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.195
  • Kahnt, B.; Theodorou, P.; Soro, A.; Hollens-Kuhr, H.; Kuhlmann, M.; Pauw, A.; Paxton, RJ (2018): Small and genetically highly structured populations in a long-legged bee, Rediviva longimanus, as inferred by pooled RAD-seq. BMC Evolutionary Biology, doi:  10.1186/s12862-018-1313-z.
  • Gao, C.; Sander, M.; Agethen, S.; & Knorr, K-H (2019): Electron accepting capacity of dissolved and particulate organic matter control CO2 and CH4 formation in peat soils. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 245: 266-277, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2018.11.004

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

Symposium - Perspectives in Nature Conservation (10 years BBN NRW)

April 11 2019, 3 pm

The joint symposium of NUA NRW, ILÖK, WWU Münster and the BBN Landesgruppe NRW takes the 10th anniversary of the Landesgruppe as an opportunity to reflect on the future perspectives of nature conservation. As this is a very extensive field the discussion will focus on three aspects: first we will have a look on recent protest movements in nature conservation, second the growing mobility of people an goods in the context of globalization and the threats of introducing foreign organisms into sensitive ecosystems. The third theme of the conference is devoted to future tasks and goals in nature conservation, landscape management and professional work. The organizers are looking forward to a numerous participation and an exciting discussion. Flyer

Plastic in nature and environment

8 March 2019
© JenniferTimrott

The conference aims to provide information on plastic pathways, especially in waterways, but also in other ecosystems and the consequences for nature and the environment. Current solutions for the reduction of plastic and plastic waste are discussed. In a open session current scientific studies and solutions to reduce plastic and plastic waste are discussed. Concrete, innovative projects for reduction and avoiding plastic show up in the 'market of possibilities'.
Programme and registration are available at, Participation fee: 35 € incl. catering cost

2nd conference on insect decline

16th of February 2019
© Markus Hendel

For the second insect conference on 16th of February 2019 in Münster, the NABU NRW and the Institute of Landscape Ecology cordially invite you to a diverse program of lectures, discussions and workshops as well as a "Marketplace of Ideas".

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......

© Andy Malkus

Non-lecture period means field-trip time at the Geographical Institutes of the University of Münster. Thus, a group of 16 geographers and landscape ecologists under the guidance of Dr. Andreas Malkus and Christoph Nothelfer went on a scientific excursion to Nepal end of February. Inter alia a trekking tour through the Himalaya mountains and a multi-day stay in the bustling capital Kathmandu are planned.

To share their experiences, the group arranged a blog.

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