Our research aims to develop models to improve our mechanistic understanding of how climate and land use change affect biodiversity and subsequent ecosystem processes. We aim to develop mitigation concepts to maintain both the use of resources in times of climate change and the maintenance of biodiversity. For this purpose, we foster collaborations with international research groups, stakeholders, and conservation authorities.
We consider different
taxonomic groups (e.g., plants, fungi, bacteria, insects) within our
research and use classical (e.g., field surveys) and molecular
methods (e.g., metabarcoding, phylogenetic analysis) together with
advanced statistical analyses to characterize and understand
biological communities. Our studies are based on survey and
experimental data at different spatial and temporal scales.
frequently provide opportunities to conduct Bsc, MSc, and Ph.D.
theses at our department. Do
you have a specific research project in mind? Please contact Prof.
Claus Bässler at Bayreuth University or Dr. Karen Hahn at Goethe University.