Institute of Biodiversity

Institute of Biodiversity

The Institute of Biodiversity integrates research on a wide range of biodiversity topics.
Institute of Biodiversity
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Kirsten Küsel                                                                      Ulrich Brose

   Aquatic Geomicrobiology                                                         Biodiversity Theory

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Nicole van Dam                                                                 Aletta Bonn

   Molecular Interaction Ecology                                               Ecosystem Services                                                         

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                                                                       Omver Nevo

                                                                   Evolutionary Ecology

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Biodiversity forms the foundation for human well-being on our planet. Anthropogenic activities are, however, causing a dramatic loss in biodiversity. Our research contributes to a better understanding of how biodiversity emerges, is maintained, and can be conserved for future generations.

The Institute of Biodiversity integrates research across a broad range of biodiversity topics.

Aquatic Geomicrobiology

Molecular approaches to the study of microbial ecology


The research group Aquatic Geomicrobiology uses molecular approaches to study microbial ecology in deep water wells as well as in ecosystems.

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Molecular Interaction Ecology

Chemical and molecular approaches between plants, microbes and herbivores


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The research group Molecular Interaction Ecology uses chemical and molecular approaches combined with ecological experiments to elucidate the mechanisms underlying interactions between plants, microbes and insect herbivores.

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Biodiversity Theory

Structure, dynamics and functioning of natural networks


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The Ecological Networks Lab (EcoNetLab) adresses the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural networks with a special focus on food webs and spatial networks of meta-communities.

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Ecosystem Services

Aspects of conservation biology, ecosystem services and citizen science


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The research group Ecosystem Services focusses on applied aspects of conservation biology and ecosystem services including citizen science.

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All research groups form part of the German Centre of integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

These biodiversity-related research topics are introduced to students in various bachelor and master courses, as well as in BSc or MSc thesis projects.

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