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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.


Together more successful: Computer scientists and ecologists investigate changes in ecosystems
March 19, 2019
Scientists from different disciplines have worked together to detect changes in ecosystems at an early stage. more

Markus Reichstein appointed to DKN committee
March 07, 2019
For the third mandate period, interdisciplinary scientists were appointed to the DKN committee, including Prof. Markus Reichstein. more

Early rise of animals questioned by new discovery on sponge biomarkers
March 04, 2019
New molecular clues suggest that sponges, belonging to our earliest ancestors, may have appeared much later than commonly assumed. more

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Recent Publications

Reconciling global model estimates and country reporting of anthropogenic forest CO2 sinks
Grassi, G., House, J., Kurz, W. A., Cescatti, A., Houghton, R. A., Peters, G. P., Sanz, M. J., Viñas, R. A., Alkama, R., Arneth, A., Bondeau, A., Dentener, F., Fader, M., Federici, S., Friedlingstein, P., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Koven, C. D., Lee, D., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nassikas, A. A., Perugini, L., Rossi, S., Sitch, S., Viovy, N., Wiltshire, A., Zaehle, S. (2018) Nature Climate Change. 8, 914-920. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0283-x.

Impact of the 2015-16 El Nino on the terrestrial carbon cycle constrained by bottom-up and top-down approaches
Bastos, A., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Chen, C., Mialon, A., Wigneron, J.-P., Arora, V. K., Briggs, P. R., Canadell, J. G., Ciais, P., Chevallier, F., Cheng, L., Delire, C., Haverd, V., Jain, A. K., Joos, F., Kato, E., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D., Melton, J. R., Myneni, R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Pongratz, J., Poulter, B., Rödenbeck, C., Séférian, R., Tian, H., van Eck, C., Viovy, N., Vuichard, N., Walker, A. P., Wiltshire, A., Yang, J., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N., Zhu, D. (2018) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - B. 373, 20170304. doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0304.

Landscape-scale mixtures of tree species are more effective than stand-scale mixtures for biodiversity of vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens
Heinrichs, S., Ammer, C., Mund, M., Boch, S., Budde, S., Fischer, M., Müller, J., Schöning, I., Schulze, E. D., Schmidt, W., Weckesser, M., Schall, P. (2019) Forests. 10, 73. doi:10.3390/f10010073.

The relationship of woody plant size and leaf nutrient content to large-scale productivity for forests across the Americas
Šímová, I., Sandel, B., Enquist, B. J., Michaletz, S. T., Kattge, J., Violle, C., McGill, B. J., Blonder, B., Engemann, K., Peet, R. K., Wiser, S. K., Morueta-Holme, N., Boyle, B., Kraft, N. J. B., Svenning, J. (in press) Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13163.

Positive association between forest management, environmental change, and forest bird abundance
Schulze, E. D., Craven, D., Durso, A. M., Reif, J., Guderle, M., Kroiher, F., Hennig, P., Weiserbs, A., Schall, P., Ammer, C., Eisenhauer, N. (2019) Forest Ecosystems. 6, doi:10.1186/s40663-019-0160-8.

Growth responses to soil water potential indirectly shape local species distributions of tropical forest seedlings
Kupers, S. J., Engelbrecht, B. M. J., Hernández, A., Wright, S. J., Wirth, C., Rüger, N. (2018) Journal of Ecology. 107, 860-874. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13096.

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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

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
March 28, 2019

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 07 - April 12, 2019

Noble Talks at Beutenberg Campus
May 16, 2019

Events archive


March 21, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Mathias Goeckede
(Biogeochemical Systems)
Fate of permafrost carbon in a changing climate - Can we detect and quantify degradation signals?

Basil Kraft
(Reichstein department)
Identifying dynamic memory effects on vegetation state using recurrent neural networks

March 28, 2019
2:00 pm Alumni talk
Franziska Guenther
University Duisburg-Essen
Insights into science management

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