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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

Contrasting anatomical and biochemical controls on mesophyll conductance across plant functional types
Knauer, J., Cuntz, M., Evans, J. R., Niinemets, Ü., Tosens, T., Veromann-Jürgenson, L.-L., Werner, C., Zaehle, S. (2022) New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.18363

Environmental factors contributing to variations in CO2 flux over a barley–rice double-cropping paddy field in the Korean Peninsula
Park, C., El-Madany, T. S., Lee, S. (2022) International Journal of Biometeorology. doi:10.1007/s00484-022-02341-y

Mass difference matching unfolds hidden molecular structures of dissolved organic matter
Simon, C., Dührkop, K., Petras, D., Roth, V.-N., Böcker, S., Dorrestein, P. C., Gleixner, G. (2022) Environmental Science & Technology. 56, 11027-11040. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c01332

Aridec: an open database of litter mass loss from aridlands worldwide with recommendations on suitable model applications
Sarquis, A., Siebenhart, I. A., Austin, A. T., Sierra, C. A. (2022) Earth System Science Data. 14, 3471-3488. doi:10.5194/essd-14-3471-2022

Research priorities for global food security under extreme events
Mehrabi, Z., Delzeit, R., Ignaciuk, A., Levers, C., Braich, G., Bajaj, K., Amo-Aidoo, A., Anderson, W., Balgah, R. A., Benton, T. G., Chari, M. M., Ellis, E. C., Gahi, N. Z., Gaupp, F., Garibaldi, L. A., Gerber, J. S., Godde, C. M., Grass, I., Heimann, T., Hirons, M., Hoogenboom, G., Jain, M., James, D., Makowski, D., Masamha, B., Meng, S., Monprapussorn, S., Müller, D., Nelson, A., Newlands, N. K., Noack, F., Oronje, M., Raymond, C., Reichstein, M., Rieseberg, L. H., Rodriguez-Llanes, J. M., Rosenstock, T., Rowhani, P., Sarhadi, A., Seppelt, R., Sidhu, B. S., Snapp, S., Soma, T., Sparks, A. H., Teh, L., Tigchelaar, M., Vogel, M. M., West, P. C., Wittman, H., You, L. (2022) One Earth. 5, 756-766. doi:10.1016/j.oneear.2022.06.008

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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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Seminars and Colloquia

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

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