Scientists at the Institute of Landscape Ecology investigate relationships within and between atmosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and hydrosphere. Interactions between the ecosystem compartments of a landscape and the sustainable development of landscapes in the wake of changes in land use and global processes are within the focus of our work.
Key aspects of research are biogeochemical fluxes, vegetation ecology, community ecology as well as ecological planning. These aspects are also the strengths of the institute on a national and international scale.
Research at our institute is internationally oriented. Global environmental changes, biodiversity loss, borders of ecosystems, regional processes in nutrient cycling, and migration of organisms do not follow political borders. We collaborate closely with many universities and with public and private organizations within and outside Europe. ILÖK-Flyer 2018, Web- und Printversion
The institute of landscape ecology (ILÖK) belongs to the faculty of geoscience at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster. We collaborate closely with serveral internal and external institutions.
In particular, the following partner institutions belong to Faculty 14: Didactics of geography, Geography, Geoinformatics, Mineralogy, Planetology and Geology-paleontology. Furthermore there are connections to Geophysics, Biology and Chemistry.
The Institute comprises the following research groups:
A list of publications (since 2002) shows the bandwidth of research at the institute of landscape ecology. The complete list of publications can be found under staff and working groups. The series of the institute of Landscape ecology publishes selected research results. The diversity of ecological research at the institute is also reflected in a broad spectrum of habilitations and dissertations.