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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.


Land management in forest and grasslands: how much can we intensify?
October 23, 2020
First assessment of the effects of land management on the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. more

It now becomes extreme - climate change, drought, COVID19
October 16, 2020
In the video series of the German Climate Consortium "Real Science, Real Talk: Science on Climate and Corona” Markus Reichstein talks about extreme events. more

Long-term impact of global change on ecosystems difficult to predict
October 13, 2020
Biodiversity experiment provides new insights into the relationship between plant traits and ecosystem functions. more

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Recent Publications

Forest management contributes to climate mitigation by reducing fossil fuel consumption: A response to the letter by Welle et al.
Schulze, E. D., Sierra, C., Egenolf, V., Woerdehoff, R., Irsinger, R., Baldamus, C., Stupak, I., Spellmann, H. (2020) GCB Bioenergy. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12754

Rates of dark CO2 fixation are driven by microbial biomass in a temperate forest soil
Akinyede, R., Taubert, M., Schrumpf, M., Trumbore, S. E., Küsel, K. (2020) Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 150, 107950. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107950

Soil organic matter mineralization as driven by nutrient stoichiometry in soils under differently managed forest stands
Gan, H. Y., Schöning, I., Schall, P., Ammer, C., Schrumpf, M. (2020) Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 3, 99. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2020.00099

Lignin dimers as potential markers for 14C-young terrestrial dissolved organic matter in the critical zone
Benk, S., Li, Y., Roth, V.-N., Gleixner, G. (2018) Frontiers in Earth Science. 6, 168. doi:10.3389/feart.2018.00168

Hybrid modeling: Fusion of a deep approach and physics-based model for global hydrological modeling
Kraft, B., Jung, M., Körner, M., Reichstein, M. (2020) The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. XLIII-B2-2020, 1537-1544. doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B2-2020-1537-2020

Impact of COVID-19 measures on short-term electricity consumption in the most affected EU countries and USA states
López Prol, J., O, S. (2020) iScience. doi:10.1016/j.isci.2020.101639

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

Research Groups

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

Video and Audio

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

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Future Events

Break from public events - Due to the current corona situation, our public events are suspended or postponed. Our goal is to ensure the safety and health of all employees and our guests.
October 07 - December 31, 2020

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October 29, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jeffrey Beem-Miller
(Trumbore department)
Beyond the first date: Archived soil incubations and the radiocarbon constraint

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