to the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning

The Applied Landscape Ecology/Ecological Planning working group (AG Buttschardt) researches the effects of human ways of life and land use on the natural and landscape environments and how these can be designed to achieve a 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, our research is increasingly transdisciplinary and explicitly includes the noosphere. We therefore cooperate with interdisciplinary centres (e.g. the ZIN or the Brazil Centre), other Universities (e.g. Münster University of Applied Sciences) and practitioners (see links). Our work focuses on Integrated Natural Resources Management, Limnology/River restauration and Agroecology.

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Recent activities

CAMPUS EARTH 2022 - The WWU Sustainability Day

20 October 2022, 09.30 - 20.00 hrs.
In and around the Fürstenberghaus (Domplatz 20 - 22) and Philosophikum (Domplatz 23)
Free admission

With "CAMPUS EARTH 2022", the WWU is hosting its first Sustainability Day on Thursday, 20 October. The day of action will take place in the premises and outdoor areas of the Fürstenberghaus and Philosophikum and will focus on global, social and intergenerational resource justice. The public is invited to come to the university and engage in exchange with experts. Participation in the programme is free of charge, registration is not required.

The AG ÖKOPLAN is participating in the Sustainability Day with several offers. In addition, the ZIN and the Stadtlabor Münster will be presenting themselves. We from AG ÖKOPLAN are also active here.


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Diana Michler-Kozma successfully defended her dissertation on 24.06.2022 and was awarded a doctorate in natural sciences.
The title of the thesis is: Fate and effects of plastic pollution in lentic freshwater ecosystems - A risk assessment of different polymers on macroinvertebrates. The AG Ökoplan congratulates her!
The related publications can be found here.

Farewell to Viola Krone

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Viola Krone is leaving the WG Ökoplan, of which she has been a member since 2015. She will continue as a pHD student. We wish her all the best for the future!

Visiting Professor


From April 24th to 29th, 2022, Prof. Dr. Tillmann Butschardt held a guest professorship at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo in Pachuca (Mexico) on the topics of climate change and transformative approaches in landscape ecology. After a ceremonial lecture in the main building of the university on the topic "Impacto y evaluación de la contaminación ambiental" he was honored by the Rectorate as an honorary visiting professor. The guest professorship took place as part of the "Festival Internacional de la Imagen (XII Edición)".
An image slider can be found here.