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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.


Geological alteration of algal steroids mimics early animal signatures
November 23, 2020
Fossil fat molecules isolated from 635 million year old rocks that were assigned to animal life turn out to be altered algal molecules. more

Highly cited influential authors: Again 5 BGC scientists in citation ranking 2020
November 19, 2020
In the annual ranking of the world's most cited and influential scientists, again five authors from our institute are represented. more

Award ceremony: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes 2020, prize winner Markus Reichstein
November 09, 2020
Virtual presentation of the awards by DFG President Katja Becker and Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek more

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Recent Publications

Demographic performance of European tree species at their hot and cold climatic edges
Kunstler, G., Guyennon, A., Ratcliffe, S., Rüger, N., Ruiz-Benito, P., Childs, D. Z., Dahlgren, J., Lehtonen, A., Thuiller, W., Wirth, C., Zavala, M. A., Salguero-Gomez, R. (2020) Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13533

Estimating CH4, CO2 and CO emissions from coal mining and industrial activities in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin using an aircraft-based mass balance approach
Fiehn, A., Kostinek, J., Eckl, M., Klausner, T., Galkowski, M., Chen, J., Gerbig, C., Röckmann, T., Maazallahi, H., Schmidt, M., Korben´, P., Neçki, J., Jagoda, P., Wildmann, N., Mallaun, C., Bun, R., Nickl, A.-L., Jöckel, P., Fix, A., Roiger, A. (2020) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 20, 12675-12695. doi:10.5194/acp-20-12675-2020

The role of climate, foliar stoichiometry and plant diversity on ecosystem carbon balance
Fernández-Martínez, M., Sardans, J., Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., Iturrate-Garcia, M., Scholes, R. J., Peñuelas, J., Janssens, I. A. (2020) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15385

The regional European atmospheric transport inversion comparison, EUROCOM: first results on European-wide terrestrial carbon fluxes for the period 2006-2015
Monteil, G., Broquet, G., Scholze, M., Lang, M., Karstens, U., Gerbig, C., Koch, F.-T., Smith, N. E., Thompson, R. L., Luijkx, I. T., White, E., Meesters, A., Ciais, P., Ganesan, A. L., Manning, A., Mischurow, M., Peters, W., Peylin, P., Tarniewicz, J., Rigby, M., Rödenbeck, C., Vermeulen, A., Walton, E. M. (2020) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 20, 12063-12091. doi:10.5194/acp-20-12063-2020

Plant diversity enhances production and downward transport of biodegradable dissolved organic matter
Lange, M., Roth, V.-N., Eisenhauer, N., Roscher, C., Dittmar, T., Fischer, C., Macé, O. G., Hildebrandt, A., Milcu, A., Mommer, L., Oram, N. J., Ravenek, J., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Strecker, T., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Gleixner, G. (in press) Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13556

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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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December 03, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Sujan Koirala
(department Reichstein)
t. b. a.

December 10, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Santiago Botia
(department Trumbore, Zaehle)
t. b. a.

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