Principles of biodiversity, species interactions and ecosystem functioning in space and time

A main focus of our research is on testing principles and mechanisms structuring biodiversity, species interactions, and ecosystem functioning in space and time. We integrate different levels of biodiversity (from gene to ecosystem level) and different types of species interactions (direct, indirect, antagonistic, mutualistic) and functions (herbivory, pollination, predation).  

Ecological consequences of global change

A second main focus is on how global change affects the above mentioned levels of biodiversity and community processes, what the ecological consequences are, and how the communities and functions can be restored. In particular, we are interested in land-use change (intensification of agriculture, urbanization), biological invasions, and artificial light at night.