Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Focus on the Earth

Our research is dedicated to the study of global biogeochemical cycles describing the interactions between the biosphere, the atmosphere, the geosphere and the entire climate system. We aim to better understand how living organisms - including humans - exchange basic resources such as water, carbon, nutrients, and energy with their environment and how this affects ecosystems and climate at regional to global scales. 

Apply for a PhD with us!

Apply for a PhD with us!

Our graduate school IMPRS-gBGC is accepting applications for PhD positions. We offer 11 different projects for candidates with different backgrounds, skill sets and interests. The current call is open until July 28, 2024.
The IMPRS offers fully-funded PhD positions to outstanding students who wish to study the components essential to life and climate from the atomic to global scales. Applications for the program are open to highly motivated and qualified students from all countries.

We support the initiative Weltoffenes Thüringen!

We support the initiative Weltoffenes Thüringen!

We are committed to ensuring that people from different backgrounds live and work together respectfully.


Emissions of nitrous oxide up 40 percent since 1980
Anthropogenic emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a much more potent greenhouse gas per molecule than carbon dioxide or methane, increased by around 40% between 1980 and 2020. In 2020, anthropogenic emissions into the atmosphere reached more than 10 million tons per year, according to the new report "Global Nitrous Oxide Budget 2024" by the Global Carbon Project.
Biogeochemical soil processes may hold key to global warming
A recent study published in Nature, co-authored by Sönke Zaehle, suggests that eucalyptus trees do not benefit from rising CO2. Increased CO2 levels cause soil microorganisms  to hold on to their phosphorus. This soil mineral, which is essential for tree growth, is therefore less available.
DKK Executive Board newly elected - younger and more diverse
At the General Meeting on April 26, 2024, the new Board of Directors was elected from among the DKK members in accordance with the Articles of Association. All five candidates were elected unanimously, including Markus Reichstein. The new Board has a younger team and its range of topics has also expanded.


Scientific events

2nd General Assembly of the "Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany (ITMS)"

Sep 24, 2024 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Sep 26, 2024 05:30 PM
FTU Aula, KIT Campus Nord, Karlsruhe

Workshop 'Grant proposal writing'

Nov 6, 2024 - Nov 21, 2024

Public events

Hoch hinaus für die Klimaforschung im Amazonas-Regenwald

Nov 6, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Uni Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3, Room: Seminarraum 308

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Jena 2024

Nov 22, 2024 06:00 PM - 11:55 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie

Seminars & colloquia

Summer break (June 20 - July 31)

Jun 22, 2024 12:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Aug 1, 2024 12:00 AM

Kolloquium: Lars Cuypers

Max-Planck-Innovation - Connecting Science and Business
Aug 28, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Zhang, Y.; Guo, Y.; Wang, H.; Xu, H.; Zhang, D.; Qian, J.; Hu, Y.-K.: Divergence in spatial patterns of leaf stoichiometry between native and non-native plants across coastal wetlands. Frontiers in Marine Science (accepted)
Caporaso, L.; Duveiller, G.; Giuliani, G.; Giorgi, F.; Stengel, M.; Massaro, E.; Piccardo, M.; Cescatti, A.: Converging findings of climate models and satellite observations on the positive impact of european forests on cloud cover. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 129 (11), e2023JD039235 (2024)
Feng, J.; Li, J.; Xu, C.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, Z.; Wu, X.; Lai, C.; Zeng, Z.; Tong, H.; Jiang, S.: Viewing soil moisture flash drought onset mechanism and their changes through XAI lens: A case study in Eastern China. Water Resources Research 60 (6), e2023WR036297 (2024)
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