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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.


Max Planck director Markus Reichstein receives US award for research on environmental change
July 30, 2018
Prof. Markus Reichstein receives the 2018 Piers J. Sellers award of AGU for his outstanding contributions in the area of global environmental change. more

Inconspicuous but important - lichens and mosses contribute to the global water cycle
July 30, 2018
The rather inconspicuous lichens and mosses absorb a significant part of the precipitation, which then evaporates again. They make an important contribution to the global water cycle. more

Surprise from the jungle soil
July 23, 2018
Soil microorganisms in the Amazon rainforest can affect atmospheric chemistry. more

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Recent Publications

Understanding terrestrial water storage variations in northern latitudes across scales
Trautmann, T., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N., Eicker, A., Fink, M., Niemann, C., Jung, M. (2018) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 22, 4061-4082. doi:10.5194/hess-22-4061-2018.

Connecting experimental biodiversity research to real-world grasslands
Buchmann, T., Schumacher, J., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Hacker, N., Lange, M., Oelmann, Y., Schulze, E. D., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W. W., Wilcke, W., Roscher, C. (2018) Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 33, 78-88. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2018.06.002.

Interspecific trait differences rather than intraspecific trait variation increase the extent and filling of community trait space with increasing plant diversity in experimental grasslands
Roscher, C., Schumacher, J., Gubsch, M., Lipowsky, A., Weigelt, A., Buchmann, N., Schulze, E. D., Schmid, B. (2018) Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 33, 42-50. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2018.05.001.

Relations between forest management, stand structure and productivity across different types of Central European forests
Schall, P., Schulze, E. D., Fischer, M., Ayasse, M., Ammer, C. (2018) Basic and Applied Ecology. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2018.02.007.

Late Quaternary climate legacies in contemporary plant functional composition
Blonder, B., Enquist, B. J., Graae, B. J., Kattge, J., Maitner, B. S., Morueta-Holme, N., Ordonez, A., Šímová, I., Singarayer, J., Svenning, J., Valdes, P. J., Violle, C. (2018) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14375.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

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

Video and Audio

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

September 12, 2018

Max Planck Day - Pub Quiz
September 14, 2018

10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
September 24 - September 28, 2018

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August 23, 2018
11:00 am
Amy Austin
University of Buenos Aires

August 23, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Ingo Schoening
(Trumbore department)
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Catarina Moura
(Reichstein department)
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