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

Article: Oberleitner F., Egger C., Oberdorfer S., Dullinger S., Wanek W., Hietz P. (2021): Recovery of aboveground biomass, species richness and composition in tropical secondary forests in SW Costa Rica
Forest Ecology and Management 479 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118580
Keywords (2): Ecosystem Research, Microbiology
Article: Biurrun I., Willner W. (2020): First Report of the European Vegetation Classification Committee (EVCC)
Vegetation Classification and Survey 1: 145–147 https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS/2020/60352
Keywords (1): Vegetation Science
Article: Pyšek P., Hulme P. E., Simberloff D., Bacher S., Blackburn T. M., Carlton J. T., Dawson W., Essl F., Foxcroft L. C., Genovesi P., Jeschke J. M., Kühn I., Liebhold A. M., Mandrak N. E., Meyerson L. A., Pauchard A., Pergl J., Roy H. E., Seebens H., van Kleunen M., Vilà M., Wingfield M. J., Richardson D. M. (2020): Scientists' warning on invasive alien species
Biological Reviews 95 (6): 1511-1534 https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12627
Keywords (3): Biodiversity Research, Agricultural And Biological Sciences(all), Biochemistry, Genetics And Molecular Biology(all)
Article: Cuthbert R. N., Bacher S., Blackburn T. M., Briski E., Diagne C., Dick J. T. A., Essl F., Genovesi P., Haubrock P. J., Latombe G., Lenzner B., Meinard Y., Pauchard A., Pysek P., Ricciardi A., Richardson D. M., Russell J., Simberloff D., Courchamp F. (2020): Invasion costs, impacts, and human agency: Response to Sagoff 2020
Conservation Biology 34 (6): 1579-1582 https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13592
Keywords (1): Biodiversity Research
Article: Sánchez-Ortiz K., Taylor K. J., de Palma A., Essl F., Dawson W., Kreft H., Pergl J., Pyšek P., van Kleunen M., Weigelt P., Purvis A. (2020): Effects of land-use change and related pressures on alien and native subsets of island communities
PLoS ONE 15 (12 December) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227169
Keywords (4): Plant Ecology, Agricultural And Biological Sciences(all), General, Biochemistry, Genetics And Molecular Biology(all)