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

  • GFÖ PhD AWARD 2019 (2019-09-17)
    Congratulations to our colleague Sabine Rumpf who received this year‘s PhD award by the Gesellschaft für Ökologie e.V. for her thesis "Climate-driven range dynamics and potential current disequilibrium in Alpine vegetation."

Recent Publications


Soler R. M., Rumpf S. B., Schindler S., Martinez Pastur G., Barrera M., Cellini J. M., Pérez Flores M., Essl F., Rabitsch W. & Lencinas M. V. (2019): Twelve-year dynamics of alien and native understorey plants following variable retention harvesting in Nothofagus pumilio forests in Southern Patagonia
Forest Ecology and Management 445: 26-36
Rumpf S. B., Hülber K., Wessely J., Willner W., Moser D., Gattringer A., Klonner G., Zimmermann N. E. & Dullinger S. (2019): Extinction debts and colonization credits of non-forest plants in the European Alps
Nature Communications 10 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12343-x
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. (2019): 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
Klonner G., Wessely J., Gattringer A., Moser D., Dullinger I., Hülber K., Rumpf S. B., Block S., Bossdorf O., Carboni M., Conti L., Dawson W., Haeuser E., Hermy M., Münkemüller T., Parepa M., Thuiller W., Van der Veken S., Verheyen K., Van Kleunen M., Essl F. & Dullinger S. (2019): Effects of climate change and horticultural use on the spread of naturalized alien garden plants in Europe
Ecography 42: 1548-1557 https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04389
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