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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

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The RG Ökoplan starts the winter semester 2020/21 with new and old staff

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
doi:10.1111/avsc.12520

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

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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.

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With a wonderfully wide range of topics and a total of 19 talks, the exam day of the RG Ökoplan took place in the Rieselfeldhof. As we had to follo the Corona rules the work was done in two shifts with breaks in the beautiful outdoor area of the Rieselfelder Biostation (which we thank for the great hospitality). Bachelor and Master students presented and discussed their theses with the team of the RG. The webpage with the current theses [de] also provides information about the variety of topics that are currently being worked on.

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Everything new or already normality?
The spread of the Corona 2019 virus means change on many levels: A university without students, relocation of activities to the home office, a ban on field research and excursions, shut down of experiments - all these are circumstances that we will have to get used to and hopefully soon will overcome.
Nevertheless, it is also a time to reflect on how we have lived (so far), in what dependence we have tied our existence and our daily life to the global flow of goods, how vulnerable our complex society actually is.
We in the AG ÖKOPLAN are currently thinking about how we can organize the summer semester. Online meetings and collaborative work will not only take place in cooperation with partners from other countries or projects but also at our home university. The picture shows the meeting of a working group from the project internship in M7.
Everything you currently need to know about the courses can be found here.


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New publications

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.

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New research facility at the Münstersche Aa (River)
The construction of the mesocosm facility plant has begun. This comprehensive research approach is intended to find out how various stressors affect the macrozoobenthos community of sandy lowland streams. For this purpose, water from the river Aa will be channelled through 32 mesocosms, which are endowed with a biocoenosis of the river bed of the Vechte. The innovative aspect of this approach is that the mesocosms were specially designed for this system by I. Lober, T. Buttschardt and F. Hotz and printed by Multec (see illustration). The mesomosms consist of corn starch (PLA). In connection with this project, which is financed by the third-party initialising funding of Geosciences department (FB14)  and was designed by B. Kupilas, a case study and a master thesis in M.Sc. Water Sciences, a bachelor thesis in B.Sc. Landscape Ecology and the project course in M7 M.Sc. Landscape Ecology will be carried out in summer term 2020. Learn more on the Limnolab website.