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. 

Current News

Improved model of the carbon cycle can help verify reported emissions
Researchers at University of California and Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry have created a more accurate model of global carbon cycling. The model better accounts for the contributions of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems to atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a major source of uncertainty for scientists tallying global emissions.
New findings about the vegetation response to drought across the globe
Vegetation can respond to drought through different mechanisms, including changes in the plants’ structure and physiology. By analyzing state-of-the-art satellite-derived datasets with explainable machine learning methods, an international team around Wantong Li and René Orth showed that the vegetation’s physiology in many ecosystems has deviated from its structure under drought on a global scale.
Directors of MPI for Biogeochemistry
The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, expects to have an opening for a director and scientific member of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in the general field of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemical cycles in the Earth System and related areas.


Scientific events

ATTO Workshop 2023

Sep 25, 2023 - Sep 27, 2023
National Institute of Amazonian Research INPA

Amazon Forests and Global Change – Summer School 2023

Sep 27, 2023 - Oct 10, 2023
National Institute of Amazonian Research INPA & ATTO

1st General Assembly of the "Integrated greenhouse gas monitoring system for Germany (ITMS)"

Oct 17, 2023 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Oct 20, 2023 02:30 PM
Deutscher Wetterdienst, Strahlenbergerstraße 13, 63067 Offenbach am Main

Public events

There are currently no events planned.

Seminars & colloquia

Seminar: Steffen Hellmann

Overview and recent applications of a relatively new method to characterize (nano)particles: single particle/cell ICP-MS
Sep 28, 2023 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Markus Reichstein

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Sep 28, 2023 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Hye In Yang

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Oct 5, 2023 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Danilo Custodio

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Oct 5, 2023 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Lazar, C. S.; Schwab, V. F.; Ueberschaar, N.; Pohnert, G.; Trumbore, S. E.; Küsel, K.: Microbial degradation and assimilation of veratric acid in oxic and anoxic groundwaters. Frontiers in Microbiology (accepted)
Fan, N.; Santoro, M.; Besnard, S.; Cartus, O.; Koirala, S.; Carvalhais, N.: Implications of the steady-state assumption for the global vegetation carbon turnover. Environmental Research Letters (accepted)
Staude, I. R.; Weigelt, A.; Wirth, C.: Biodiversity change in light of succession theory. Oikos, e09883 (2023)
Simonetti, A.; Araujo, R. F.; Spouze Celes, C. H.; da Silva e Silva, F. R.; dos Santos, J.; Higuchi, N.; Trumbore, S. E.; Marra, D. M.: Canopy gaps and associated losses of biomass – combining UAV imagery and field data in a central Amazon forest. Biogeosciences 20 (17), pp. 3651 - 3666 (2023)
Hennecke, J.; Bassi, L.; Mommer, L.; Albracht, C.; Bergmann, J.; Eisenhauer, N.; Guerra, C. A.; Heintz-Buschart, A.; Kuyper, T. W.; Lange, M. et al.; Solbach, M. D.; Weigelt, A.: Responses of rhizosphere fungi to the root economics space in grassland monocultures of different age. New Phytologist (2023)
Ma, J.; Remaud, M.; Peylin, P.; Patra, P. K.; Niwa, Y.; Rödenbeck, C.; Cartwright, M.; Harrison, J. J.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Pope, R. J. et al.; Wilson, C.; Belviso, S.; Montzka, S. A.; Vimont, I. J.; Moore, F. L.; Atlas, E. L.; Schwartz, E.; Krol, M. C.: Intercomparison of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide (TransCom-COS; Part Two): Evaluation of optimized fluxes using ground-based and aircraft observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (accepted)
Caldararu, S.; Rolo, V.; Stocker, B. D.; Gimeno, T. E.; Nair, R.: Ideas and perspectives: Beyond model evaluation – combining experiments and models to advance terrestrial ecosystem science. Biogeosciences 20 (17), pp. 3637 - 3649 (2023)
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