Biodiversity and Conservation

Our in depth strength in specific research disciplines is the foundation for “connected research” that integrates the natural and social sciences across disciplines.

Two of the most urgent environmental issues facing mankind are global change and the accelerating loss of biological diversity. Our research investigates how biodiversity influences the services provided by both natural and managed ecosystems (including food production), and how ecosystems can be managed to protect and enhance biodiversity under global change. We use a variety of perspectives, with studies ranging from fundamental evolutionary ecology to the interactions of social and ecological constituents in the Earth-system.