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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.

current news

  • Wissenschaftsbeirat Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
    Gemeinsam mit weiteren KollegInnen aus Deutschland, der Schweiz und Österreich, verstärkt Ass. Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrbka (University of Vienna - CVL) zukünftig den Wissenschaftsbeirat des Nationalpark Hohe Tauern.
    Die Mitglieder repräsentieren sowohl die nationale als auch die alpenweite Forschung und bringen vielfältige Erfahrungen aus naturwissenschaftlichen und angewandten Disziplinen, als auch aus dem Bereich der Forschungskommunikation, Datenmanagement und Forschungsförderung ein.
    Link: https://hohetauern.at/de/presseartikel/alle-news-artikel/3507-wissenschaftsbeirat-fuer-den-nationalpark-hohe-tauern.html.
  • TransEcoNet final report
    The comprehensive final report of Interreg Central Europe's TransEcoNet project including researchers of University of Vienna - CVL is now available at Rhombos-Verlag.

    The TransEcoNet partners elaborated strategies on how to develop and manage transnational ecological networks in Central Europe regarding future land use and biodiversity conservation.

    Six Central European countries were involved in the TransEcoNet project. The 16 partners participating in the project came from various backgrounds: Ten of them came from research and six came from national parks and nature protection or regional development agencies.
    You can find the book at https://rhombos.de/shop/transnational-ecological-networks-in-central-europe.html.
  • Accelerated increase in plant species richness on mountain summits is linked to warming
    A study including researchers of University of Vienna - CVL is on the current cover of Nature. Using vegetation survey data, the researchers examine how plant species richness has changed over the past 145 years on 302 mountain summits across Europe and find that richness increased strongly on the vast majority of Europe’s summits over this period. They note, however, that the rate of increase has accelerated over time, with five times as much species enrichment occurring in the past decade compared with fifty years ago. Their analysis reveals a positive correlation between the magnitude of the increase in richness and the rate of warming, suggesting that climate-induced biotic change is accelerating even in remote places on Earth.
    See the article at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0005-6

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  • Different responses to climate change in mountain plants
    A study from researchers of the CVL is covered in Science as a highlight in biogeographical research in other journals. See the article at http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6378/881.3 and the original publication at http://www.pnas.org/content/115/8/1848
  • Range dynamics of mountain plants decrease with elevation
    A study of researchers from the CVL was on the cover of PNAS. It suggests that the elevational ranges of plants in the European Alps have shifted upslope and their abundance has increased on average over the past several decades, that the speed of these changes decreased with increasing elevation, and that species at the highest elevations are at risk from climate change and competitors. See the article at http://www.pnas.org/content/115/8/1848

newest publications


Rupert Seidl, Günther Klonner, Werner Rammer, Franz Essl, Adam Moreno, Mathias Neumann, Stefan Dullinger: Invasive alien pests threaten the carbon stored in Europe's forests.
Nature Communications 9 (1) s41467-018-04096-w
Pascal Querner, Norbert Milasowszky, Klaus Peter Zulka, Max Abensperg-Traun, Wolfgang Willner, Norbert Sauberer, Christine Jakomini, Thomas Wrbka, Ingrid Schmitzberger, Harald G Zechmeister: Habitat Structure, Quality and Landscape Predict Species Richness and Communities of Collembola in Dry Grasslands in Austria.
Insects 9 (3) insects9030081
Ika Djukic, Sebastian Kepfer-Rojas, Inger Kappel Schmidt, Klaus Steenberg Larsen, Claus Beier, Bjoern Berg, Kris Verheyen, , Adriano Caliman, Alain Paquette, Alba Gutierrez-Giron, Alberto Humber, Alejandro Valdecantos, Alessandro Petraglia, Heather Alexander, Algirdas Augustaitis, Amelie Saillard, Ana Carolina Ruiz Fernandez, Ana I. Sousa, Ana I. Lillebo, Anderson da Rocha Gripp, Andre-Jean Francez, Andrea Fischer, Andreas Bohner, Andrey Malyshev, Andrijana Andric, Andy Smith, Angela Stanisci, Aniko Seres, Anja Schmidt, Anna Avila, Anne Probst, Annie Ouin, Anzar A. Khuroo, Arne Verstraeten, Arely N. Palabral-Aguilera, Artur Stefanski, Aurora Gaxiola, Bart Muys, Bernard Bosman, Birgit Sattler, Brigitta Erschbamer, Florian Hofhansl, Franz Zehetner, Harald Pauli, Markus Wagner, Robert Kanka, Simon Drollinger, Stephan Glatzel, Thomas Zechmeister, Tudor-Mihai Ursu: Early stage litter decomposition across biomes.
Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 1369–1394 j.scitotenv.2018.01.012
Simone Klatt, Christoph C.F. Schinkel, Bernhard Kirchheimer, Stefan Dullinger, Elvira Hörandl: Effects of cold treatments on fitness and mode of reproduction in the diploid and polyploid alpine plant Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae).
Annals of Botany 121 (7): 1287–1298 mcy017
Eduardo Chacón-Madrigal, Wolfgang Wanek, Peter Hietz, Stefan Dullinger: Traits indicating a conservative resource strategy are weakly related to narrow range size in a group of neotropical trees.
Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 32: 30–37 j.ppees.2018.01.003
Thomas Mang, Franz Essl, Dietmar Moser, Ingrid Kleinbauer, Stefan Dullinger: An integrated, spatio-temporal modelling framework for analysing biological invasions.
Diversity and Distributions 24 (5): 652–665 ddi.12707

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