Max Planck Society
Max Planck Institut for Biogeochemistry

Exploring the Earth System

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.


Natural ecosystems need balanced nitrogen and phosphorus levels for most efficient use of water
May 14, 2021
Excess of anthropogenic nitrogen may boost plant productivity of an ecosystem, but the imbalance with other nutrients reduces water use efficiency. more

How smartphones can help detect ecological change
May 12, 2021
Plant occurrence data collected with an app uncover macroecological patterns in Germany. more

Susan Trumbore honored with Vernadsky Medal 2021
April 23, 2021
For her outstanding contributions to biogeosciences Prof. Susan E. Trumbore was awarded the 2021 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). more

more press releases --- more news --- more videos and audios

Recent Publications

Late-Holocene fluctuations of monsoonal Qiangyong Glacier, southern Tibetan Plateau
Zhang, X., Xu, B., Li, J., Xie, Y., Gleixner, G. (2021) The Holocene. doi:10.1177/09596836211003209

Grasshopper herbivory immediately affects element cycling but not export rates in an N-limited grassland system
Potthast, K., Meyer, S., Tischer, A., Gleixner, G., Sieburg, A., Frosch, T., Michalzik, B. (2021) Ecosphere. 12, e03449. doi:10.1002/ecs2.3449

Decadal variability in land carbon sink efficiency
Zhu, L., Ciais, P., Bastos, A., Ballantyne, A. P., Chevallier, F., Gasser, T., Kondo, M., Pongratz, J., Rödenbeck, C., Li, W. (2021) Carbon Balance and Management. 16, 15. doi:10.1186/s13021-021-00178-3

Linking global terrestrial CO2 fluxes and environmental drivers: inferences from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite and terrestrial biospheric models
Chen, Z., Liu, J., Henze, D. K., Huntzinger, D. N., Wells, K. C., Sitch, S., Friedlingstein, P., Joetzjer, E., Bastrikov, V., Goll, D. S., Haverd, V., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D. L., McGuire, P. C., Melton, J. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Poulter, B., Tian, H., Wiltshire, A. J., Zaehle, S., Miller, S. M. (2021) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 21, 6663-6680. doi:10.5194/acp-21-6663-2021

more publications

Departments (quick links)

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

Research Groups (quick links)

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)
Extreme Events (Groucutt)

Video and Audio

The Flora Incognita Project (youtube video)
The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

more videos and audios

Future Events

Events for school students postponed
March 22 - August 31, 2021

MINT Festival Jena
September 14 - September 16, 2021

more events

Seminars and Colloquia

May 20, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Simon Besnard
(department Reichstein)

May 27, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jianbei Huang
(department Trumbore)

more colloquia

Directions | Disclaimer | Data Protection | Contact | Internal | Webmail | Local weather | PRINT | © 2011-2021 Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry