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

Agricultural soils in southern Europe (Antonio Jordán, distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
A new study shows that the efficiency of microbial carbon use is at least four times more influential than other biological factors or environmental conditions on the global storage and distribution of carbon in soil.

Anna Michalak appointed as External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Anna Michalak, Director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science and Professor in the Departments of Earth System Science and of Biology at Stanford University, has been appointed External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute 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

HK2023 - Climate crisis and systemic risks: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Jun 21, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

AI4Good: The role of AI in tackling climate change and its impacts: from science to early warning

Jul 5, 2023 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Geneva, Switzerland

Short Course: Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science

Aug 14, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Public events

Max-Planck-Tag in Göttingen

Jun 23, 2023 01:00 PM - 09:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Göttingen, Wissenschaftsmarkt vor dem Alten Rathaus, Markt 9, 37073 Göttingen

Seminars & colloquia

Kolloquium: Sara Vicca

From ecosystem-climate interactions to natural climate solutions
Jun 6, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Kolloquium: Claire Treat

Arctic carbon, methane and permafrost: progress and challenges
Jun 7, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hörsaal (C0.001)

Kolloquium: Lisa Wingate

(title to be announced later)
Jul 3, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Lecture Hall (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Costa, D. S.; Bönisch, G.; Freiberg, M.; Govaerts, R.; Grenié, M.; Hassler, M.; Kattge, J.; Muellner-Riehl, A. N.; Andrés, B. M. R.; Winter, M. et al.; Watson, M.; Zizka, A.; Wirth, C.: The big four of plant taxonomy - a comparison of global checklists of vascular plant names. New Phytologist (2023)
Edelmann, P.; Weisser, W. W.; Ambarlı, D.; Bässler, C.; Buscot, F.; Hofrichter, M.; Hoppe, B.; Kellner, H.; Minnich, C.; Moll, J. et al.; Persoh, D.; Seibold, S.; Seilwinder, C.; Schulze, E. D.; Wöllauer, S.; Borken, W.: Regional variation in deadwood decay of 13 tree species: Effects of climate, soil and forest structure. Forest Ecology and Management 541, 121094 (2023)
Tangarife-Escobar, A.; Koeniger, P.; Lopez-Moreno, J. I.; Botia, S.; Ceballos-Liévano, J. L.: Spatiotemporal variability of stable isotopes in precipitation and stream water in a high elevation tropical catchment in the Central Andes of Colombia. Hydrological Processes 37 (5), e14873 (2023)
Tao, Feng, F.; Huang, Y.; Hungate, B. A.; Manzoni, S.; Frey, S. D.; Schmidt, M. W. I.; Reichstein, M.; Carvalhais, N.; Ciais, P.; Jiang, L. et al.; Lehmann, J.; Wang, Y.-P.; Houlton, B. Z.; Ahrens, B.; Mishra, U.; Hugelius, G.; Hocking, T. D.; Lu, X.; Shi, Z.; Viatkin, K.; Vargas, R.; Yigini, Y.; Omuto, C.; Malik, A. A.; Peralta, G.; Cuevas-Corona, R.; Di Paolo, L. E.; Luotto, I.; Liao, C.; Liang, Y.-S.; Saynes, V. S.; Huang, X.; Luo, Y.: Microbial carbon use efficiency promotes global soil carbon storage. Nature (2023)
Flores-Moreno, H.; Dalrymple, R. L.; Cornwell, W. K.; Popovic, G.; Nakagawa, S.; Atkinson, J.; Cooke, J.; Laffan, S. W.; Bonser, S. P.; Schwanz, L. E. et al.; Crean, A. J.; Eldridge, D. J.; Garratt, M.; Brooks, R. C.; Vergés, A.; Poore, A. G. B.; Cohen, D. R.; Clark, G. F.; Gupta, A. S.; Reich, P. B.; Cornelissen, J. H. C.; Craine, J. M.; Hemmings, F. A.; Kattge, J.; Niinemets, Ü.; Peñuelas, J.; Moles, A. T.: Is Australia weird? A cross-continental comparison of biological, geological and climatological features. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11 (2023)
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