Research

The different working groups at our institute investigate how global change (such as climate change or land conversion) affects organisms and their communities, as well as the underlying chemical processes and resulting ecosystem functions. Among others, we study the effects of increased cultivation of energy crops as well as of various contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. We aim to understand why many animal and plant populations, as well as biodiversity in general are in decline and what are the consequences of the resulting biotic and abiotic changes in ecosystem functions. We further investigate the socio-economic factors of ecosystem research in collaboration with groups from Leuphana’s institute of social sciences.

Experimental studies are carried out within our laboratories, in glass houses and in the field. Fieldwork is undertaken in regional (Lüneburg, Lüneburger Heide), Mediterranean (California, Israel) and (sub)tropical (Australia, Indonesia) habitats, comprising both urban and semi-natural and agricultural landscapes. We collaborate with many national and international academic and non-academic institutions as well as with local environmental organizations (e.g., Alfred Töpfer Academy for Conservation, the administration of the “Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtalaue”).

All projects: 48
Current projects: 12
Completed projects: 34


All projects


2019

Biokulturelle Diversität in Agrarlandschaften des Globalen Südens

Hanspach, J., Díaz Reviriego, I. & Drews-Shambroom, A.

01.06.1931.05.24

Project: Research

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Zukunft von Naturschutz in Agrarlandschaften Südostaustraliens

Hanspach, J. & Schaal, T.

01.04.1928.02.21

Project: Research

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PriOrity Effect Mechanisms: Priority-Effekte, deren Mechanismen und Entwicklung in zeitlicher Perspektive in Magerrasen trockener Standorte

Temperton, V. M., Delory, B. & Niemeyer, T.

01.04.1931.03.22

Project: Research

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2017

Climate and Environmental Variability during the late Middle Pleistocene at the Paleolithic Sites of Schöningen, Northern Germany

Urban, B.

01.04.1731.03.20

Project: Research

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2016

Understanding human-carnivore relationships: from social conflicts to ecosystem services

Martín-López, B., Lozano Mendoza, J., von Wehrden, H., Dorresteijn, I. & Fischer, J.

01.11.1631.10.17

Project: Research

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Minderung der Barrierewirkung von Agrarflächen mittels halboffener Verbundkorridore

Härdtle, W., Aßmann, T., Grabener, S. & Drees, C.

01.09.1629.02.20

Project: Research

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Minderung der Barrierewirkung von Agrarflächen mittels halboffener Verbundkorridore

Härdtle, W., Aßmann, T. & Drees, C.

01.09.1631.08.19

Project: Research

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Sicherung der Ökosystemdienstleistungen und Biodiversität von extensiv bewirtschafteten Kulturlandschaften (ÖkoKult) - Teilprojekt 1: Ökosystemfunktionen und -dienstleistungen von Kulturlandschaften

Härdtle, W., Aßmann, T., Walmsley, D. & Schuldt, A.

01.08.1631.07.22

01LC1321B

Project: Research

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DAS: Klimaanpassung managen! Weiterbildung für Bildungsakteure, Naturschutzexpert_Innen, Umwelt-, Nachhaltigkeits- und Klimaschutzbeauftragte in Kommunen sowie Multiplikator_innen zu regionalen Klimaanpassungsmanager_Innen

Urban, B., Fischer, K. & Katz, C.

01.06.1631.05.18

03DAS089A

Project: Transfer (professional training)

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SENet - Social and ecological networks supporting biodiversity and food security

Fischer, J. & Bergsten, A. O. D.

15.01.1614.01.18

Funded by the European Union/Horizon 2020/Marie Sklodowska-Curie Incoming Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014)

GA 661780

Project: Research

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2015

IBA Sloth Bears

Fischer, J.

15.04.1515.04.16

Project: Other

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Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation

Vilsmaier, U., Lang, D. J., Newig, J., Fischer, J., Schomerus, T., von Wehrden, H., Sieveking, A., Klaniecki, K. T., Dorninger, C., Clarke, E. A., Horcea-Milcu, A. I., Lam, D., Duse, I. A., Jager, N. W., Derwort, P., Duse, I. A., Apetrei, C., Freeth, R. C., Engbers, M., Peukert, D., Berkau, A. J., Lutz, L. M., Leventon, J. & Abson, D.

01.04.1531.03.19

Project: Research

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2014

Changes in long term population dynamics of Diptera at Rothamsted, Harpenden

Grabener, S., Harrington, R., Shortall, C. & Oldeland, J.

01.11.1431.05.15

Project: Research

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The role of herbivory in mediating ecosystem functions in species-rich forests

Schuldt, A.

01.08.1431.07.16

SCHU 2609/1-2

Project: Research

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SESyP - Identifying social-ecological System Properties benefiting Biodiversity and Food Security

Fischer, J.

01.06.1431.05.19

Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council, funded by the European Union in the 7. Research Framework Programm

ERC-2013-CoG GA No 614278

Project: Research

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Land-use responses of dung beetle communities and their ecosystem services

Aßmann, T., Blüthgen, N. & Schmitt, T.

11.04.1430.04.17

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project: Research

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Effects of woody species diversity and composition on individual plant growth and demography

Oheimb, G.

19.02.1431.03.16

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Group FOR 891: The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion control, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems

Project: Research

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Effects of woody species diversity and composition on individual plant growth and demography

Härdtle, W. & Fichtner, A.

19.02.1431.03.16

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Group FOR 891: The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion control, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems

Project: Research

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Multi-trophic plant-insect networks in a tree diversity experiment in China

Aßmann, T.

19.02.1431.03.16

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Group FOR 891: The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion control, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems

Project: Research

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Mechanisms of soil erosion, soil properties and Ecoscape analysis as a function of species richness and species composition in subtropical forests

Aßmann, T., Kühn, P., Scholten, T. & Schmidt, K.

19.02.1431.03.16

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Group FOR 891: The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion control, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems

Project: Research

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