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Max Planck Institut for Biogeochemistry

Carbon Balance and Ecosystem Research

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Detlef Schulze
Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6100

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Prof Ernst-Detlef Schulze, one of the founding directors of the institute, retired in September 2009. As Scientific Member of The Max Planck Society, however, the former head of the department Biogeochemical Processes continues his research activities. His scientific focus is on ecosystem processes, biodiversity, and land management with an emphasis on forests.

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Key Aspects of Activity

  • Carbon balance of Central Europe and Siberia
  • The study of continental transects (Australia, Siberia)
  • Plant eco-physiology
  • Soil carbon research
  • Biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Land and forest mangagement

Selected publications

Schulze ED, Aas G, Grimm GW, Gossner MM, Walentowski H, Ammer C, Kühn I, Bouriaud O, von Gadow K (2015) A review on Plant-Diversity and Forest Management of European Beech forests. Eur. J For. Res. DOI 10.007/510342-015-0922-y

Schulze ED, Ammer C (2015) Konflikte um eine nachhaltige Entwicklung der Biodiversität: Spannungsfeld Naturschutz und Forstwirtschaft. BIUZ 45: 304-314

Lipowsky A, Roscher C, Schumacher J, Michalski SG, Gubsch M, Buchmann N, Schulze ED, Schmid B (2015) Plasticity of functional traits of forb species in response to diversity. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 17:66-77

Canadell JG, Schulze ED (2014) Global potential of biospheric carbon management for climate mitigation. Nature Communications 5:5282

Schulze ED, Bouriaud O, Wäldchen J, Eisenhauer N, Walentowski H, Seele C,Heinze E, Pruschitzki U, Dănilă G, Marin G, Hessenmöller D, Bouriaud L, Teodosiu M (2014) Ungulate browsing causes species loss in deciduous forests independent of community dynamics and silvicultural management in Central and Southeastern Europe. Ann. For. Res. 57: 267-288

Konovalov IB, Berezin EV, Ciais P, Broquet G, Beekmann M, Hdji-Lazaro J, Clerbaux C, Andreae MO, Kaiser JW, Schulze ED (2014) Constraining CO2 emissions from open biomass burning by satellite observations of co-emitted species: a method and its application to wildfires in Siberia. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14: 10383-10410

Aerial view on the fall foiliage in the National Park Hainich. The Hainich forest has been a nearby study object to investigate forest management history and ecosystem carbon balance,  (Photo: Thomas Stephan, In Australia carbon isotope and nitrogen ratios were studied along a transect from Darwin to Alice Springs. (Photo: Annett Boerner)  Siberia forest inventory: helicopter deposing the research team (Photo: Ulrich Pruschitzki) Half-timbered house in Kammerforst, Thuringia. Analyzing historic construction timber allows insights into historic forest management. (Photo: Jana Waeldchen) The top of the Hermannsberg in the Thuringian Forest, a coniferous forest managed by Prof Schulze.  (Photo: Annett Boerner)
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