to the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning
The Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology/Ecological Planning (AG Buttschardt) investigates the effects of human impact on natural ressorces how these can be shaped to achieve the regenerative development of landscapes. We assume that landscapes are the spatial representation of socio-ecological systems that can only be fully understood in an interdisciplinary approach. In order to take into account the applied aspect of ecological planning, we orientate our research transdisciplinary and cooperate with interdisciplinary centers (e.g. the ZIN or the Brazil Center) and practitioners (see links). Our work focuses on Integrated Natural Resources Management, Llimnology/Fresh Water Development and Agorecology. learn more
We are looking forward to an exciting winter semester, in which more personal exchange will be possible again and hopefully we will not have to return to pure online teaching. The personnel changes are also exciting for us:
- Benjamin Kupilas will move his main focus of work to the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). He will remain with AG Ökoplan with a smaller percentage of his appointment but will continue to design the Limnolab.
- Friederike Gabel, who is a regular member of the ILÖK, will increase her working time and will continue to work with Benjamin to promote the Limnolab. Both of them will contribute their teaching, especially in the course of studies M.Sc. Water Sciences, where they will strengthen the organismic education.
- Cornelia Steinhäuser is moving back from the Institute for Didactics of Geography and will develop the field of agroecology in the AG Ökoplan. We are building on a lot of preliminary work and are sure of the demand from the students.
- Zuwena Kikoti has been working in our group as a DAAD scholarship holder since April. She is assessing the potential impact of livestock grazing on the ecosystem attributes (composition, structure and function) in Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA).
- Viola Krone goes into her second phase of the parental leave and Saskia Rohrer successfully applied for a traineeship of the landscape conservation and aims at the higher administrative service in nature protection and landscape conservation. We wish them all the best!
In this context we can report on three new publications:
An article from our INSPECTED.NET Project with colleagues from Brazil was published:
Heringer, G., J. Thiele, C. Hummel do Amaral, J.A. Alves Meira‐Neto, F.A. Ribeiro Matos, J.R.K. Lehmann, T.K. Buttschardt, A. Viana Neri (2020): Acacia invasion is facilitated by landscape permeability: the role of habitat degradation and road networks - Applied Vegetation Science
As preprint was published:
Hübner, M.K., D.N. Michler-Kozma,, F. Gabel (2020): Microplastic concentrations at the water surface are reduced by decreasing flow velocities caused by a reservoir. In: Fundamental and Applied Limnology / Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Volume 194, Number 1, August 2020, pp. 49-56(8) https://doi.org/10.1127/fal/2020/1307
Published is a new article from our Limnolab:
Mutinova, P.T., M.Kahlert, B. Kupilas, B.G. McKie, N. Friberg, F.J. Burdon (2020): Benthic Diatom Communities in Urban Streams and the Role of Riparian Buffers. Water 2020, 12(10), 2799; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12102799
Digital semester ends -field trip to Iceland successful
We have successfully mastered the digital semester - the first of its kind. All in all, we can be very satisfied. All BSc and MSc theses are on a good way and have also successfully mastered the field work. Of course there have been changes, delays, annoyance but besides a few changes in the topic all the work could be done. In the Limnolab we were able to carry out our mesocosm project successfully and are currently in the evaluation stage.
We finally managed to get the teaching over the stage with digital formats, shifts and single failures (BIOBRAS Summer School, Norway excursion). In August and September we will finally have made up and completed all exams.
We would like to thank everyone: the students for their understanding, their flexibility and for coping with disappointments, the employees of the RG for the considerable extra work and the creative and cooperative support of the new formats.
This allows us to look ahead optimistically: we were able to visit Iceland in the first weeks of August - a field trip with 33 students! Impressions of this wonderful country can be found in the picture slider.
Two new articles have been published. Both of them deal with different areas of the work of the RG Ecological Planning.
- Harald Grote describes in an article for the Springer journal Wasserwirtschaft "The hydromorphological conditions of the Westphalian Bight". According to the European Water Framework Directive, all running waters are to be brought into a good ecological condition. However, since the streams of the Münsterland are very heavily modified only the good ecological potential applies here. Although great efforts are being made and water bodies have been renaturalised, the desired status often does not show up. In addition, the years 2018 and 2019 showed extreme dryness in the area. The article discusses the relationship between hyrdomorphological conditions, land use and the importance of treated municipal wastewater in the water bodies. The article analyses the years 2006-2015.
- Cornelia Steinhäuser writes in her Spanish publication: "Los saberes de los ancestros: clave para los vínculos con la Madre Tierra en una comunidad andina en Argentina" (The knowledge of ancestors: Key to the linkages with Mother Earth in an Andean community in Argentina) about the linkages between people and the world, which can be understood as the basis for the design of the landscape there.