Research topics

We analyze the change of ecosystems from multiple angles, identify their causes, and quantify their impacts. We combine different methodological approaches – from empirical work to remote sensing approaches and simulation modeling.

Ecosystem dynamics

Assessing changes in ecosystems in space and time, identifying their causes and quantifying their impacts.

Silviculture and ecosystem management

Developing management strategies to address increasing environmental challenges and societal needs.

Simulation modeling

Developing and applying simulation models to analyze the history and potential future of ecosystems.

Remote sensing

Harnessing remotely sensed data for understanding changes in ecosystems across large spatial scales.


Understanding drivers of biodiversity and its role for ecosystem functioning.