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We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.


Together more successful: Computer scientists and ecologists investigate changes in ecosystems
March 19, 2019
Scientists from different disciplines have worked together to detect changes in ecosystems at an early stage. more

Markus Reichstein appointed to DKN committee
March 07, 2019
For the third mandate period, interdisciplinary scientists were appointed to the DKN committee, including Prof. Markus Reichstein. more

Early rise of animals questioned by new discovery on sponge biomarkers
March 04, 2019
New molecular clues suggest that sponges, belonging to our earliest ancestors, may have appeared much later than commonly assumed. more

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Recent Publications

Biodiversity data integration- The significance of data resolution and domain
König, C., Weigelt, P., Schrader, J., Taylor, A., Kattge, J., Kreft, H. (in press) PLoS Biology. 17, e3000183.

State-of-the-art global models underestimate impacts from climate extremes
Schewe, J., Gosling, S. N., Reyer, C., Zhao, F., Ciais, P., Elliott, J., Francois, L., Huber, V., Lotze, H. K., Seneviratne I, S., van Vliet, M. T. H., Vautard, R., Wada, Y., Breuer, L., Buechner, M., Carozza, D. A., Chang, J., Coll, M., Deryng, D., de Wit, A., Eddy, T. D., Folberth, C., Frieler, K., Friend, A. D., Gerten, D., Gudmundsson, L., Hanasaki, N., Ito, A., Khabarov, N., Kim, H., Lawrence, P., Morfopoulos, C., Mueller, C., Schmied, H. M., Orth, R., Ostberg, S., Pokhrel, Y., Pugh, T. A. M., Sakurai, G., Satoh, Y., Schmid, E., Stacke, T., Steenbeek, J., Steinkamp, J., Tang, Q., Tian, H., Tittensor, D. P., Volkholz, J., Wang, X., Warszawski, L. (2019) Nature Communications. 10, 1005. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08745-6.

Energy states of soil water – a thermodynamic perspective on soil water dynamics and storage-controlled streamflow generation in different landscapes
Zehe, E., Loritz, R., Jackisch, C., Westhoff, M., Kleidon, A., Blume, T., Hassler, S. K., Savenije, H. H. (2019) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 23, 971-987. doi:10.5194/hess-23-971-2019.

Plant species richness and functional groups have different effects on soil water content in a decade-long grassland experiment
Fischer, C., Leimer, S., Roscher, C., Ravenek, J., de Kroon, H., Kreutziger, Y., Baade, J., Bessler, H., Eisenhauer, N., Weigelt, A., Mommer, L., Lange, M., Gleixner, G., Wilcke, W., Schroder, B., Hildebrandt, A. (2019) Journal of Ecology. 107, 127-141. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13046.

A meta-food web for invertebrate species collected in a european grassland
Hines, J., Giling, D. P., Rzanny, M., Voigt, W., Meyer, S. T., Weisser, W. W., Eisenhauer, N., Ebeling, A. (in press) Ecology. doi:10.1002/ecy.2679.

Verbreitung, Ökologie und Inhaltsstoffe von Boletopsis grisea (Peck) Bondartsev & Singer: Ein rezentes Vorkommen in Jena
Günther, A., Schöning, I., Martin, M. J., Paetz, C. (2019) Zeitschrift für Mykologie. 85, 31-51.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

BACI science day at BGI
March 27, 2019

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
March 28, 2019

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 07 - April 12, 2019

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March 28, 2019
2:00 pm Alumni talk
Franziska Guenther
University Duisburg-Essen
Insights into science management

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