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.


How a plant app helps to identify the consequences of climate change
A research team led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Leipzig University has developed an algorithm that analyses observational data from the Flora Incognita app. The novel can be used to derive ecological patterns that could provide valuable information about the effects of climate change on plants.
Human degradation of tropical forests is greater than previously estimate
Tropical forests are continuously being fragmented and damaged by human influences. Using remote sensing data and cutting-edge data analysis methods, researchers can now show for the first time that the impact of this damage is greater than previously estimated.
Henrik Hartmann honored for his scientific achievements at the IUFRO World Congress
On June 24, Prof. Dr. Henrik Hartmann, head of the Julius Kühn Institute for Forest Protection and former group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, received an important award for his scientific achievements in the field of forestry. Our warmest congratulations!


Scientific events

IMPRS-gBGC Selection Symposium

Sep 24, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024

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

ATTO Workshop 2024

Oct 1, 2024 - Oct 4, 2024
National Institute of Amazonian Research INPA

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

Seminar: Susanne Tautenhahn

Mobile-crowd sensing of plants enables environmental mapping
Aug 8, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Gerd Gleixner

Aug 8, 2024 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Daniel Loos

Rethinking the grid: Towards less distorted imagery and AI
Aug 15, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Niu, S.; Chen, W.; Liáng, L. L.; Sierra, C.; Xia, J.; Wang, S.; Heskel, M.; Patel, K. F.; Bond-Lamberty, B.; Wang, J. et al.; Yvon-Durocher, G.; Kirschbaum, M. U. F.; Atkin, O. K.; Huang, Y.; Yu, G.; Luo, Y.: Temperature responses of ecosystem respiration. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment (2024)
Anand, M.; Hamed, R.; Linscheid, N.; Silva, P. S.; Andre, J.; Zscheischler, J.; Garry, F. K.; Bastos, A.: Winter climate preconditioning of summer vegetation extremes in the northern hemisphere. Environmental Research Letters (accepted)
Li, X.; Huntingford, C.; Wang, K.; Cui, J.; Xu, H.; Kan, F.; Anniwaer, N.; Yang, H.; Peñuelas, J.; Piao, S.: Increased crossing of thermal stress thresholds of vegetation under global warming. Global Change Biology 30 (7), e17406 (2024)
van Asperen, H.; Warneke, T.; de Araújo, A. C.; Forsberg, B.; Ferreira, S. J. F.; Röckmann, T.; van der Veen, C.; Bulthuis, S.; de Oliveira, L. R.; de Xavier, T. L. et al.; da Mata, J.; de Sá, M. O.; Teixeira, P. R.; de Silva, J. A. F. e.; Trumbore, S. E.; Notholt, J.: The emission of CO from tropical rain forest soils. Biogeosciences 21 (13), pp. 3183 - 3199 (2024)
Li, W.; Duveiller, G.; Wieneke, S.; Forkel, M.; Gentine, P.; Reichstein, M.; Niu, S.; Migliavacca, M.; Orth, R.: Regulation of the global carbon and water cycles through vegetation structural and physiological dynamics. Environmental Research Letters 19 (7), 073008 (2024)
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