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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.


Prof. Susan Trumbore receives 2019 BES Marsh Award for Climate Change Research
August 30, 2019
Susan Trumbore is awarded the 2019 Marsh Award for Climate Change Research of the British Ecological Society for her achievements in deciphering the carbon cycle. more

Flora Incognita honored with special prize at Thuringian Environmental Award
August 29, 2019
Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund honored the Flora Incognita research group at yesterday's Thuringian Environmental Award ceremony in the Climate Pavillon in Jena. more

Short-term economic profit brings long-term losses
August 26, 2019
In an interview with the MPG Susan Trumbore, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, talks about the importance of the Amazon rainforest and the threats to this unique ecosystem. more

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Recent Publications

Tree defence and bark beetles in a drying world: carbon partitioning, functioning and modelling
Huang, J., Kautz, M., Trowbridge, A. M., Hammerbacher, A., Raffa, K. F., Adams, H. D., Goodsman, D. W., Xu, C., Meddens, A. J. H., Kandasamy, D., Gershenzon, J., Seidl, R., Hartmann, H. (in press) New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.16173.

Analysis of total column CO2 and CH4 measurements in Berlin with WRF-GHG
Zhao, X., Marshall, J., Hachinger, S., Gerbig, C., Chen, J. (2019) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 19, 11279-11302. doi:10.5194/acp-19-11279-2019.

Influence of the underlying surface on greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere over Central Siberia
Urban, A. V., Prokushkin, A. S., Korets, M. A., Panov, A. V., Gerbig, C., Heimann, M. (2019) Geography and natural resources. 3, 32-40. doi:10.21782/GiPR0206-1619-2019-3(32-40).

Robustness of trait connections across environmental gradients and growth forms
Flores-Moreno, H., Fazayeli, F., Banerjee, A., Datta, A., Kattge, J., Butler, E. E., Atkin, O. K., Wythers, K., Chen, M., Anand, M., Bahn, M., Byun, C., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Craine, J., Gonzalez-Melo, A., Hattingh, W. N., Jansen, S., Kraft, N. J. B., Kramer, K., Laughlin, D. C., Minden, V., Niinemets, Ü., Onipchenko, V., Peñuelas, J., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Dalrymple, R. L., Reich, P. B. (2019) Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12996.

Identifying dynamic memory effects on vegetation state using recurrent neural networks
Kraft, B., Jung, M., Körner, M., Requena Mesa, C., Cortés, J., Reichstein, M. (in press) Frontiers in Big Data.

Evolution of interdisciplinarity in biodiversity science
Craven, D., Winter, M., Hotzel, K., Gaikwad, J., Eisenhauer, N., Hohmuth, M., Koenig-Ries, B., Wirth, C. (2019) Ecology and Evolution. 9, 6744-6755. doi:10.1002/ece3.5244.

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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

ATTO Meeting in Manaus
September 16 - September 18, 2019

Extreme Events - Building Climate Resilient Societies
October 09 - October 11, 2019

Career steps meeting for postdoctoral researchers
October 28, 2019

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September 19, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Katharina Stolze
Depth-dependent, small-scale characteristics of earthworm burrow walls of L. terrestris influence water infiltration and transport processes

Amir Hossein Abdi
(Biogeochemical Systems)
Modelling methane concentrations over Africa

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