Ecological Synthesis

© Ralph Bolliger (left and centre) and Mark Snethlage (right)

The Ecological Synthesis group coordinates research efforts on land use, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We perform biodiversity synthesis of temperate and tropical ecosystems and investigate how land use intensification affects biodiversity and species interactions, and how biodiversity and land-use intensity affect ecosystem functioning and services. We bridge observational studies and experiments enhancing synergies between multiple international research platforms, in particular the Biodiversity Exploratories, the Jena Experiment and the KiLi project. We also catalyse synthesis efforts of others by spreading the concepts and statistical methods for synthesis.

Beside further synthesis activities with several international partners, we currently focus on

A synthesis of the KiLi Project


Dr. Caterina Penone (