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. (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)
Maas B., Toomey A. & Loyola R. (2019): Exploring and expanding the spaces between research and implementation in conservation science
Biological Conservation 240 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108290
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 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-1029-5
Maas B., Lenzner B. & Wessely J. (2019): Wieso, weshalb und warum das Artensterben uns alle betrifft
Pyšek P., Guo W. Y., Štajerová K., Moora M., Bueno C. G., Dawson W., Essl F., Gerz M., Kreft H., Pergl J., van Kleunen M., Weigelt P., Winter M. & Zobel M. (2019): Facultative mycorrhizal associations promote plant naturalization worldwide
Ecosphere 10 (11) https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2937
Lorel C., Plutzar C., Erb K. & Mouchet M. (2019): Linking the human appropriation of net primary productivity-based indicators, input cost and high nature value to the dimensions of land-use intensity across French agricultural landscapes
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 283 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2019.06.004