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Sebastian Sippel awarded Bernd Rendel Prize 2017
July 14, 2017
Sebastian Sippel, who recently defended his doctor’s degree and now postdoc at MPI-BGC receives the Bernd Rendel Prize for his research on the influence of extreme events on geo-ecological processes. more

New compact AMS system to further promote 14C radiocarbon analyses
July 05, 2017
A novel tabletop accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) system in the 14C lab will replace the existing machine with its large 3MV Tandetron accelerator. more

Max Planck Society meets in Thuringia
June 19, 2017
The Max Planck Society convenes on June 21 and 22 in Weimar, Jena and Erfurt for their 68th annual meeting. more

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Recent Publications

Contrasting and interacting changes in simulated spring and summer carbon cycle extremes in European ecosystems.
Sippel, S., Forkel, M., Rammig, A., Thonicke, K., Flach, M., Heimann, M., Otto, F. E. L., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2017) Environmental Research Letters. 12, 075006. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa7398.

Linear autonomous compartmental models as continuous-time Markov chains: transit-time and age distributions.
Metzler, H., Sierra, C. (2017) Mathematical Geosciences. doi:10.1007/s11004-017-9690-1.

Monitoring ecological change during rapid socio-economic and political transitions: Colombian ecosystems in the post-conflict era.
Sierra, C., Mahecha, M. D., Povedac, G., Álvarez-Dávilad, E., Gutierrez-Velezb, V. H., Reuf, B., Feilhauerg, H., Anáyah, J., Armenterasi, D., Benavidesj, A. M., Buendiak, C., Duquec, Á., Estupiñan-Suarezl, L. M., Gonzálezm, C., Gonzalez-Caroc, S., Jimenezi, R., Kraemera, G., Londoñol, M. C., Orregoc, S. A., Posadan, J. M., Ruiz-Carrascalo, D., Skowronekg, S. (2017) Environmental Science and Policy. 76, 40-49. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.011.

Reverse engineering model structures for soil and ecosystem respiration: the potential of gene expression programming.
Ilie, I., Dittrich, P., Carvalhais, N., Jung, M., Heinemeyer, A., Migliavacca, M., Morison, J. I. L., Sippel, S., Subke, J.-A., Wilkinson, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2016) Geoscientific Model Development Discussions. doi:10.5194/gmd-2016-242.

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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)
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

Course: Radiocarbon in the Earth System
September 24 - September 29, 2017

Long Night of Sciences
November 24, 2017

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August 09, 2017
June 30 until August 9

August 17, 2017
2:00 pm
Thorsten Dittmar
ICBM Universitaet Oldenburg / MPI Bremen
Explaining a deep-sea paradox: Starving microbes in a sea of dissolved organic substrate

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