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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.


Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture
July 11, 2022
The increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture, recently published based on simulations from climate models, is now backed up with observation-based data. more

Ecosystems get increasingly thirsty due to climate change
July 04, 2022
Increasing global temperatures alleviate energy limitations for plants and ecosystems, water increasingly limits their functions. more

Life in the earth’s interior as productive as in some ocean waters
June 30, 2022
Researchers discover microbes in pitch-dark aquifers as important primary producers. more

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Recent Publications

Reviews and syntheses: The promise of big diverse soil data, moving current practices towards future potential
Todd-Brown, K. E. O., Abramoff, R. Z., Beem-Miller, J., Blair, H. K., Earl, S., Frederick, K. J., Fuka, D. R., Santamaria, M. G., Harden, J. W., Heckman, K., Heran, L. J., Holmquist, J. R., Hoyt, A. M., Klinges, D. H., LeBauer, D. S., Malhotra, A., McClelland, S. C., Nave, L. E., Rocci, K. S., Schaeffer, S. M., Stoner, S., van Gestel, N., von Fromm, S. F., Younger, M. L. (2022) Biogeosciences. 19, 3505-3522. doi:10.5194/bg-19-3505-2022

Warming response of peatland CO2 sink is sensitive to seasonality in warming trends
Helbig?, M., Živkovic, T., Alekseychik, P., Aurela, M., El-Madany, T. S., Euskirchen, E. S., Flanagan, L. B., Griffis, T. J., Hanson, P. J., Hattakka, J., Helfter, C., Hirano, T., Humphreys, E. R., Kiely, G., Kolka, R. K., Laurila, T., Leahy, P. G., Lohila, A., Mammarella, I., Nilsson, M. B., Panov, A., Parmentier?, F. J. W., Peichl, M., Rinne, J., Roman, D. T., Sonnentag, O., Tuittila, E.-S., Ueyama, M., Vesala, T., Vestin, P., Weldon, S., Weslien, P., Zaehle, S. (2022) Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/s41558-022-01428-z

Rising ecosystem water demand exacerbates the lengthening of tropical dry seasons
Xu, H., Lian, X., Slette, I. J., Yang, H., Zhang, Y., Chen, A., Piao, S. (2022) Nature Communications. 13, 4093. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31826-y

Assessment of the impacts of biological nitrogen fixation structural uncertainty in CMIP6 earth system models
Davies-Barnard, T., Zaehle, S., Friedlingstein, P. (2022) Biogeosciences. 19, 3491-3503. doi:10.5194/bg-19-3491-2022

Neue Wege in eine unsichere Zukunft
Hartmann, H. (2022) Holzforum. 1, 46-47.

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Departments (quick links)

Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups (quick links)

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Biogeochemical Systems (Heimann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Extreme Events (Groucutt)

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Science podcasts
The Flora Incognita Project (youtube video)
The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Seminars and Colloquia

September 01, 2022
2:00 pm internal seminar
Basil Kraft
(department Reichstein)

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