Mission statement

Our goal is to understand the processes that drive biodiversity patterns and their spatio-temporal dynamics across scales, the assembly of ecological communities, the factors that determine the value of landscapes for ecosystem service provision

By observing and predicting the long-term effects of global change and of socio-economic activities (including climate and landuse change, landscape fragmentation and habitat loss, biological invasions) on biodiversity patterns, we want to provide the knowledge basis for sound conservation management and ecological restoration.

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Recent Publications


Vinogradova Y., Pergl J., Essl F., Hejda M., van Kleunen M. & Pyšek P. (2020): Correction to Invasive alien plants of Russia: insights from regional inventories (Biological Invasions, (2018), 20, 8, (1931-1943), 10.1007/s10530-018-1686-3)
22: 1219https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02162-y
Liedtke R., Barros A., Essl F., Lembrechts J. J., Wedegärtner R. E., Pauchard A. & Dullinger S. (2020): Hiking trails as conduits for the spread of non-native species in mountain areas
Biological Invasions 22: 1121–1134 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02165-9
Dengler J., Matthews T. J., Steinbauer M. J., Wolfrum S., Boch S., Chiarucci A., Conradi T., Dembicz I., Marcenò C., García-Mijangos I., Nowak A., Storch D., Ulrich W., Campos J. A., Cancellieri L., Carboni M., Ciaschetti G., De Frenne P., Dolezal J., Dolnik C., Essl F., Fantinato E., Filibeck G., Grytnes J. A., Guarino R., Güler B., Janišová M., Klichowska E., Kozub Ł., Kuzemko A., Manthey M., Mimet A., Naqinezhad A., Pedersen C., Peet R. K., Pellissier V., Pielech R., Potenza G., Rosati L., Terzi M., Valkó O., Vynokurov D., White H., Winkler M. & Biurrun I. (2020): Species–area relationships in continuous vegetation Evidence from Palaearctic grasslands
Journal of Biogeography 47 (1): 72-86 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13697
Maas B. (2020): Bat conservation and zoonotic disease risk: a research agenda to prevent misguided persecution in the aftermath of COVID‐19
Animal Conservation: a journal of ecology, evolution and genetics https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12636
Aboal J. R., Concha-Graña E., De Nicola F., Muniategui-Lorenzo S., López-Mahía P., Giordano S., Capozzi F., Di Palma A., Reski R., Zechmeister H., Martínez-Abaigar J. & Fernández J. A. (2020): Testing a novel biotechnological passive sampler for monitoring atmospheric PAH pollution
Journal of Hazardous Materials 381 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.120949
Maas B. (2020): Ant community composition and functional traits in newly established grasslands within agricultural landscapes
Ecology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.22541/au.159493364.40667020