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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.

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Recent Publications


Noroozi J., Pirani A., Moazzeni H., Mahmoodi M., Zare G., Noormohammadi A., Barfuss M. H. J., Suen M. & Schneeweiss G. M. (2020): The new locally endemic genus Yazdana (Caryophyllaceae) and patterns of endemism highlight the high conservation priority of the poorly studied Shirkuh Mountains (central Iran)
Journal of Systematics and Evolution
Vinogradova Y., Pergl J., Essl F., Hejda M., van Kleunen M. & Pyšek P. (2019): Correction to Invasive alien plants of Russia: insights from regional inventories (Biological Invasions, (2018), 20, 8, (1931-1943), 10.1007/s10530-018-1686-3)
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Liedtke R., Barros A., Essl F., Lembrechts J. J., Wedegärtner R. E., Pauchard A. & Dullinger S. (2019): Hiking trails as conduits for the spread of non-native species in mountain areas
Biological Invasions 22: 1121–1134
Maas B., Toomey A. & Loyola R. (2019): Exploring and expanding the spaces between research and implementation in conservation science
Biological Conservation 240
Kastner T., Marques A., Martins I. S., Plutzar C., Theurl M. C., Eisenmenger N., Huijbregts M. A. J., Wood R., Stadler K., Bruckner M., Canelas J., Hilbers J. P., Tukker A., Erb K. & Pereira H. M. (2019): Reply to Soils need to be considered when assessing the impacts of land-use change on carbon sequestration
Nature Ecology & Evolution 3 (12): 1643-1644
Pergl J., Pyšek P., Essl F., Jeschke J. M., Courchamp F., Geist J., Hejda M., Kowarik I., Mill A., Musseau C., Pipek P., Saul W. C., von Schmalensee M. & Strayer D. (2019): Need for routine tracking of biological invasions
Conservation Biology