pictureThe research of the department Geobotany at Kiel University focuses on plant-environment relationships against the background of global change. We are particularly interested in basic research on the spread and the distribution of plants and plant communities. We study effects of edaphic and climatic factors just as interactions with biotic factors including soil biota, pathogens, herbivores, and human impact.

Recent and past research in our group is related to questions of community ecology and evolutionary ecology. We are particularly interested in the role of biodiversity for ecosystem functions and mechanisms of biological invasions.

We address our research questions both from an ecological and an evolutionary perspective. For this purpose, we conduct experimental field studies, common garden and greenhouse experiments, lab studies just as observational studies in landscapes and apply meta-analyses for synthesis approaches.

Members of the Department

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Thesis and research projects

KPC - Kiel Plant Center


Poster Zukunftskongress 2015
Poster NEOBIOTA 201
Poster Functional traits