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Sod and seaweed
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ReVersal – Interdisciplinary Research Project on the Effects of Climate Change on Peatlands and their Restoration started

The regulatory functions of peatlands on the water and element cycles, their ecosystem services and their role in biodiversity conservation have increasingly become the focus of scientific and public debate; particularly in the course of climate change and more frequent occurrence of droughts and heat waves. The working groups Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Modeling and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, same as research groups from the Netherlands, Poland and Austria are going to collaborate on this project. The aim of the project is to investigate peatlands in the nemoral zone of central Europe regarding their historic development, their current condition and their potetial development. In the further course of the project the working group Animal Ecology and Biosphere-Atmosphere-Interaction will enhance the project team with their expertise.

 

Photo Mana Gharun
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Welcome Mana Gharun!

The Institute of Landscape Ecology warmly welcomes Prof. Dr. Mana Gharun, who took up her position as Junior Professor with TT for "Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction" at the ILÖK on 1 March. We are looking forward to working with her and wish her a good start in Münster. Mana Gharun's work focuses on the alteration in exchange processes between ecosystems and the atmosphere in the course of current climate change. Extreme events, such as the dry years 2018 and 2019, are used as natural experiments to gain insights into future changes in the carbon and water balance of ecosystems.
 

New publications at the ILÖK

  • Ehrnsperger, L., Klemm, O. (2022): Air pollution in an urban street canyon: Novel insights from highly resolved traffic information and meteorology. Atmospheric Environment X 13, 100151. doi:  10.1016/j.aeaoa.2022.100151
  • Schaller, C., Hofer, B., Klemm, O. (2022): Greenhouse gas exchange of a NW German peatland, 18 years after rewetting. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. doi:  10.1029/2020JG005960
  • Klemm, O., Ahrens, A., Arnswald, M., Bethke, R., Berger,D.F., Blankenhaus, K., Blauth, L., Breuer, B., Buchholz, S., Burek, F., Ehrnsperger, L., Funken, S., Henninger, E., Hohl, J., Jöllenbeck, N., Kirgasser, P., Kuhls, M., Paas, B., Roters, L.A., Schaller, C., Schlüter, H. (2022): The Impact of Traffic and Meteorology on Urban Particle Mass and Particle Number Concentrations: Student-Led Studies Using Mobile Measurements before, during, and after the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns. Atmosphere 13, 62. doi: 10.3390/atmos13010062
  • Muskus, A. M., Miltner, A., Hamer, U., Nowak, K. M. (2022): Microbial community composition and glyphosate degraders of two soils under the influence of temperature, total organic carbon and pH. Environmental Pollution 297:118790. doi.: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.118790
  • Kwon T, Shibata H, Kepfer-Rojas S, et al., Hamer U et al. (2021) Effects of Climate and Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Early to Mid-Term Stage Litter Decomposition Across Biomes. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.678480.
  • Hollens-Kuhr, H., van der Niet, T., Cozien, R., & Kuhlmann, M. (2021): Pollinator Community Predicts Trait Matching between Oil-Producing Flowers and a Guild of Oil-Collecting Bees. The American Naturalist, doi: 10.1086/717050
  • Lezama Valdes, L.-M.; Katurji, M.; Meyer, H. (2021): A Machine Learning Based Downscaling Approach to Produce High Spatio-Temporal Resolution Land Surface Temperature of the Antarctic Dry Valleys from MODIS Data. Remote Sensing, 13: 4673. doi:  10.3390/rs13224673
  • Lehmann, J.R.K.; Prior, M.D.; de Paula, L.F.A.; Azevedo, L.; Porembski, S.; Buttschardt, T.K. and Solar, R. (2021): Using drone imagery to upscale estimates of water capacity in tank bromeliads on steep neotropical inselbergs. Austral Ecology. doi: 10.1111/aec.13113
  • Heim, W.; Chan, S.; Hölzel, N.; Ktitorov, P.; Mischenko, A.; Kamp, J. (2021): East Asian buntings: ongoing illegal trade and encouraging conservation responses. Conservation Science and Practice 3: e405. doi: 10.1111/csp2.405
  • Yong, DL.; Heim, W.; Chowdhury, SU.; Choi, CY.; Ktitorov, P.; Kulikova, O.; Kondratiev, A.; Round, PD.; Allen, D.; Trainor, CR.; Gibson, L.; Szabo, JK. (2021): The state of migratory landbirds in the East Asian Flyway: distributions, threats, and conservation needs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9: 613172. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.613172
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We welcome our new colleague Sascha Buchholz

The Institute of Landscape Ecology warmly welcomes its new colleague Sascha Buchholz. He has formerly worked at the TU Berlin and is now leading the Animal Ecology Groupat the institute (the website is under construction) . He is working on urban ecology, invasion ecology, cultural landscapes, nature conservation, species protection, science-policy interfaces and many more. We are looking forward to fruitful collaboration.
 

Hawerkamp
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Field Studies “CalmCity” concluded

The Climatology Research Group and the Micrometeorology Group of the University of Bayreuth concluded their intensive observation period of urban climate. The focus was on the analysis of weak wind situations in urban settings and their role in surface exchange processes. Further, the urban heat island of the city of Münster was intensively studied and its relation to the spatial distribution of the atmospheric aerosol concentrations. Further information... [de] (available in German language only)

 

Project „MikroPlaTaS“
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Video series "Sustainability at the University of Münster": The research project "MikroPlaTaS “

A feature on the project "Microplastics in dams and reservoirs: sedimentation, distribution, effects (MikroPlaTaS)" has been published in the series Sustainability at the WWU (in German Language).
A new video informs about the project on which Dr. Friederike Gabel and Diana Michler-Kozma are the involved researchers at ILÖK. Numerous theses have also been written in this field of reserach.

The species-rich beech forests in the newly designated wilderness areas of the Egge Vorberge are already characterized by a very natural forest structure.
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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 by the Soil Ecology and Land Use Research group and the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group with the NABU-Naturschutzstation Münsterland [de] and the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW), 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:
Project homepage [de]
Project homepage of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group

Scientist from the WWU are guests at Mariengymnasium Warendorf with the travelling exhibition
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Plastic pollution of the oceans: Travelling exhibition

Plastic pollution of the oceans has gained broad media coverage. However, also freshwater ecosystems are heavily polluted by microplastics with crucial impacts on aquatic organisms. The Institute of Landscape Ecology is a partner of the joined research project MikroPlaTaS (funded by the BMBF), which investigates the distribution and sedimentation of microplastics and the impacts on aquatic organisms. In the framework of this project, a travelling exhibition to the topic of microplastics was developed that can be hired by schools for free. The exhibition was first presented at the Mariengymnasium Warendorf (school's report [de]). If you are interested in the borrowing the exhibition, please contact Dr. Friederike Gabel.
 

Julia Binder and Thomas Middelanis look at a row of trees bordering a field
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WWU-Citizen-Science-Contest: Winning project from the ILÖK

"Monitoring of modern agroforestry ecosystems - new cultivation systems as meeting points for agriculture, civil society and science" is the name of the research project that Julia Binder and Thomas Middelanis have designed. The two students of the “Master Landscape Ecology” want to develop and apply over several years an ecological catalogue of methods together with fellow students, the working groups of the ILÖK and above all interested volunteers, school classes, farmers or conservationist groups. The multi-perspective cooperation has the aim to examine ecological interactions and climatic advantages that the integration of trees in the arable context brings with it. The University of Münster supports the initiative within  the "WWU-Citizen-Science-Competition" with 7.500 € [de].

PD Dr. Ute Hamer
A Pürckhauer soil sampler with a soil core
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Video education in soil science

Soil is a huge habitat hidden beneath our feet, especially during this online semester. The education videos of the Research Group Soil Ecology and Land Use [en] deliver a first insight into pedologic methods and into soils which frequently occurr not only in the Münsterland.
 

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 [PDF download] [non-accessible] [de] in 1994. The evening ended with a lively exchange and a friendly get-together of the guests.

The excursion group with bicycles in front of the Guandu Temple in Taipei
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On climate excursion in Taiwan

Blog of WWU students of geography and landscape ecology

From subtropical marshlands, methane fluxes and flood protection areas: 16 students of Geography and Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster set off for Taiwan to study the topics of climate, environmental meteorology, air hygiene and bio- and atmosphere. Click here for the blog [de]...