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

Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze honoured with ThüringenForst Medal
As part of the FORST³ - Trade Fair for Forests, Forestry and Wood at the Erfurt Exhibition Centre, Emeritus Director Prof. Dr Ernst-Detlef Schulze was awarded the ThüringenForst Medal for his special services to forests and forestry on 25 March 2023.

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry supports youth research project
Naya Weißleder and Janne Henkel received the 1. prize at jugend forscht 2023 with their project "Artificial snow - white magic or a curse for the environment? Comparison of snow types". The school students were supported for their chemical analyses by the laboratory for "Routine Measurements & Analyses" of MPI for Biogeochemistry.

Directors of MPI fpor 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


Apr 18, 2023 - Apr 20, 2023
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Room: Lecture Hall (C0.001)

EGU 2023: European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Apr 23, 2023 - Apr 28, 2023
Vienna, Austria and Online

ICOS Summer School 2023 in Hyytiälä

May 24, 2023 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - Jun 2, 2023 03:00 PM
Hyytiälä forest field station, Finland

Public events

Inaugural Charles Bullard Lectures: What Is the Future of the Amazon Forests?

Susan Trumbore
Mar 30, 2023 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada) UTC-4:00)
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, Room: BioLabs 1080

Inaugural Charles Bullard Lectures: What Controls the Transit Time of Carbon in Ecosystems?

Susan Trumbore
Mar 31, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada) UTC-4:00)
Harvard Forest, Petersham, USA, Room: Zoom & Harvard Forest Fisher Museum

Forsche Schüler

Apr 27, 2023 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie

Seminars & colloquia

Seminar: Ingo Schoening

(Title to be announced later)
Mar 30, 2023 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Kolloquium: Michaela Dippold

(title to be announced later)
May 9, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Lecture Hall (C0.001)

Kolloquium: Marie Spohn

(Title to be announced later)
May 11, 2023 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Lecture Hall (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Riuz, B. F.; Darela-Filho , J. P.; Fleischer, K.; Hofhansl, F.; Casagrande Blanco, C.; Rammig, A.; Ferreira Domingues, T.; Montenegro Lapola, D.: Higher functional diversity improves modeling of Amazon forest carbon storage. Ecological Modelling 481, 110323 (2023)
Yan, P.; Fernández-Martínez, M.; Meerbeek, K. V.; Yu, G.; Migliavacca, M.; He, N.: The essential role of biodiversity in the key axes of ecosystem function. Global Change Biology (2023)
Hodač, L.; Karbstein, K.; Tomasello, S.; Wäldchen, J.; Bradican, J. P.; Hörandl, E.: Geometric morphometric versus genomic patterns in a large polyploid plant species complex. Biology 12 (3), 418 (2023)
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