We are the Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology group of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.
We study interactions between climate and terrestrial ecosystems,
the response of process rates in the carbon cycle to simultaneous changes in the environment,
and the fate and timescale of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere.
We synthesize the mathematical structure of ecosystem models,
and perform experiments to test model predictions.
We are the Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology group of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. The group is led by Dr. Carlos A. Sierra, and is part of the Department of Biogeochemical Processes.
We study interactions between the environment and multiple biogeochemical cycles, with particular focus to the development of conceptual and mathematical frameworks to study global scale biogeochemistry. Our group works on synthesis of models and observations, and produces computational tools in open source software environments. An active area of work is the analysis of timescales of carbon cycling in ecosystems and the entire terrestrial biosphere, and the use of radiocarbon observations to improve our understanding of these timescales. We are also interested in questions related to the management of biogeochemical cycles at the global scale.