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sDiv calls

sDiv calls for working groups, postdocs and sabbaticals will be announced one to two times a year. The synthesis projects foster integrative and synthetic research collaborations among international scientists, iDiv core and member groups by analysing and synthesising existing knowledge, data, theories and hypotheses to produce new insights. If you are interested in contributing to one of our working groups, feel free to contact the sDiv coordinator Dr Marten Winter.

Current call

Seventh sDiv Call for Working Groups, Individual Postdocs and Sabbaticals is now OPEN !

Please find below all information on the application process. Most importantly, we only accept proposals submitted via the iDiv application portal. Registration is required for being able to create your application. It is possible to safe and change data at any time during the application process until the final submission. Please contact sDiv for any assistance!

  • This call is for working groups, individual postdocs and sabbaticals that would begin September 2019 or later.
  • All topics and questions related to synthesizing biodiversity research are welcome.
  • Each proposal needs at least one iDiv member as participant or PI/Co-PI. sDiv encourages all candidates to be pro-active in communicating with suitable project partners (assistance of the sDiv coordinator Marten Winter if needed).
  • Full proposal deadline is 13 March 2019 (14:00/2:00 PM CET).
  • NEW: Submit pre-proposal before 06 December 2018 (14:00/2:00 PM CET).

To submit a pre-proposal, complete the application form in the iDiv application portal. No further files need to be uploaded. The form includes:

  • Information about the PI(s) and Co-PI(s), if applicable
  • A brief description (750 words max.) of the aims, scope and scientific objectives of the planned project, its approach (methods, used data etc.), and its synthesis aspect
  • only applicable for working group projects: a preliminary list of participants

Submit the final proposal using the proposal templates below via the iDiv application portal (as a PDF file).

Please thoroughly read all sDiv call documents!

General information material

Proposal description and template for working group projects

Proposal description and template for individual postdoc projects

Proposal description and template for sabbatical projects

iDiv data management policy

Previous calls

Decisions for sixth sDiv call

Following our sixth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund 7 working groups including 1 postdoc, 2 individual postdoc positions and 9 sabbatical positions as followed:

Funded working groups projects

sANDES – Tree Diversity, Composition and Carbon Storage in Andean Tropical Montane Forests
main PIs: Luis Cayuela, Manuel J. Macía

sCaleWebs – Unifying environmental and spatial determinants of food web structure across spatial scales
main PIs: Gustavo Q Romero, Diane S Srivastava

sREplot – Upscaling of individual species dynamics to community trends in biodiversity and composition using vegetation change data sets
main PIs: Lander Baeten; Markus Bernhardt-Römermann; Ute Jandt

sROOT – Root Trait functionality in a Whole-Plant Context
main PIs: Liesje Mommer; Alexandra Weigelt

sTraitChange – How do trait responses to climate change translate into demographic rates and population dynamics?
main PIs: Viktoriia Radchuk, Marcel E. Visser

sTreelines – Spatial pattern emergence from ecological processes at alpine treelines: model-supported hypothesis tests against globally-distributed field data
main PIs: Maaike Bader, Bradley Case

sTWIST – Theory and Workflows for Alien and Invasive Species Tracking
main PIs: Melodie McGeoch, Marten Winter

sUrBio2050 – Assessing globally important areas for biodiversity preservation and human well-being
main PIs: Thomas Elmqvist, Henrique Pereira
associated postdoc: TBA

sYNGEO – The geography of synchrony in dendritic networks: understanding the causes, dynamics, and consequences across multiple scales
main PIs: Julian D Olden, Lise Comte

Funded individual postdocs projects

Stephanie Jurburg
Microbial community assembly: establishing general ecological principles responsible for turnover in microbial communities

Alexander Zizka
Reaching for the sky: Unravelling global patterns and processes to explain convergent evolution of woodiness in angiosperms

Funded sabbaticals projects

Priyanga Amarasekare (University of California Los Angeles)
A framework for biodiversity maintenance: scaling up from modules to communities

Stephanie Bohlman (University of Florida)
Linking biodiversity and demography through remote sensing of trait tradeoffs

Douglas Chesters (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Phylogenetic integration of insect community data

Rodolfo Dirzo (Stanford University)
Research on plant-herbivore interactions under climate change and collaborations on biodiversity science

Christopher Klausmeier (Michigan State University)
Synthesizing Trait-Based Ecological Theory

Jeremy Lichstein (University of Florida)
Plant functional diversity and forest ecosystem stability: insights from dynamic vegetation models

Elena Litchman (Michigan State University)
Trait-based community patterns in microbes

Fernando T. Maestre (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)
Climate change impacts on dryland soil biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions from local to global scales

Pati Vitt (Chicago Botanic Garden)
Phylogenetic Endemism, Functional Trait Diversity and Conservation Status in the Orchidaceae: a Global Synthesis

Decisions for fifth sDiv call

Following our fifth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund 6 working groups, 2 individual postdoc positions and 3 sabbatical positions.

Funded working groups

sEcoEvo - Biodiversity Dynamics – The Nexus Between Space & Time
main PIs: Rosemary Gillespie; Michael Hickerson

sELDiG - Explaining the latitudinal diversity gradient: synthesizing knowledge via data-driven mechanistic modelling
main PIs: Allen Hurlbert; Catherine Graham

sLandServ - Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services
main PI’s: Jonathan Rhodes; Jean Paul Metzger

sOcioLock-in - Understanding the undesirable resilience in socio-ecological systems driving biodiversity loss
main PIs: Tom Oliver; Emily Boyd

sTURN - Does time drive space? Building a mechanistic linkage between spatial and temporal turnover in metacommunities
main PIs: Zsófia Horváth; Robert Ptacnik

sUrBioCity - Deciphering Drivers of Urban Biodiversity across Multiple Scales
main PI: Christopher Swan

Funded individual postdocs

Léa Beaumelle
How do multiple environmental change drivers shape biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships?

Roel van Klink
Effects of extreme weather events on long term ecosystem dynamics (X-WELT)

Funded sabbatical projects

Robert R. Dunn
The Global Biogeography of Microbes and Mutualists Associated with Humans

Benjamin Gilbert
Project 1 – Neutrality, Demographic stochasticity and ecological drift
Project 2 – Local interactions, Regional constraints, and multiple stable states

Angélica L. González
Understanding the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on ecological processes: a meta-analysis

Decisions for sDiv call for catalyst postdocs

Following our sDiv call for catalyst postdocs, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund three postdoc positions.

Funded catalyst postdocs

Adam Thomas Clark (Postdoc)
Stanley Harpole (PI professor), Helmut Hillebrand (PI member)
sMultiMod: Synthesis of multiple predictive models of community composition and coexistence

Guy Pe'er (Postdoc)
Aletta Bonn (PI professor), Bernd Hansjürgens (PI member), Irene Ring (Co-PI member)
Towards the next reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: evaluating the new greening measures from Ecological and Socio-economic perspectives

Callum Lawson (Postdoc)
Ulrich Brose (PI professor), Katrin Böhning-Gaese (PI member)
Double jeopardy: which populations will become both smaller and less stable under climate change?

Decisions for fourth sDiv call

Following our fourth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund ten working groups, two individual postdoc positions and one sabbatical position.

Funded working groups

sECURE - Separating Environmental Changes and their effects on community traits in European butterflies
main PI's: Oliver Schweiger, Josef Settele

sPRED - Synthesizing Predictability Research of Ecological Dynamics
main PI's: Frank Pennekamp, Alison Iles

sToichNutNet II - Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment-diversity-productivity relationships in grasslands
main PI's: Elizabeth Borer, Anne Ebeling

sFDvent - A functional trait perspective on the global biodiversity of hydrothermal vent communities
main PI's: Amanda Bates, Abbie Chapman

sMonodominance - Monodominance workshop
main PI's: Andreas Huth, Kelvin Peh

sAPROPOS - Analysis of PROjections of POpulationS
main PI: Roberto Salguero-Gomez

sTeleBES - Telecoupled use of biodiversity and ecosystem services: synthesis of concepts, methods and evidence
main PI's: Matthias Schröter, Thomas Koellner

sCAP - Testing the conservation value of phylogenetic diversity
main PI's: Arne Mooers, Caroline M. Tucker

sWORM - A global soil biodiversity database and its application to data synthesis and theory development
main PI's: Erin Cameron, Nico Eisenhauer

sPlot - Plant trait-environment relationships, biodiversity and invasion patterns across the world's biomes
main PI's: Jürgen Dengler, Oliver Purschke

Funded individual postdocs

Duarte S. Viana
Spatial scaling in the assembly and diversity of biological communities

Katharina Gerstner
From plots to landscapes – Towards a mechanistic understanding of land-use effects on biodiversity across spatial scales

Funded sabbatical project

David Currie
A continental theory of biogeography: predicting geographic variation in species richness and range size

Decisions for third sDiv call

Following our third sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Committee decided to fund nine international workshops and two individual Postdoc projects:

Workshop projects:

"Quantifying biodiversity change through time (sChange)”
main applicants: Sarah R. Supp  (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Maria Dornelas (University of St. Andrews)

"Towards understanding the causes and consequences of epigenetic diversity (sEpiDiv)”
main applicants: Katrin Heer and Lars Opgenoorth (both University of Marburg

"Scaling shrub expansion from site to biome Manuscript finalization working group" (sTUNDRA II)"
main applicants: Isla H. Myers-Smith (University of Edinburgh) and Anne Bjorkman (iDiv)

"Global Changes in Marine Plankton Diversity and Productivity (sMarD)"
main applicants: Aleksandra M. Lewandowska (University of Oldenburg) and Boris Worm (Dalhousie University)

"Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems in Open Systems (sCAFE)"
main applicants: S.K. Morgan Ernest (Utah State University) and Mathew Leibold (University of Texas at Austin)

"Synthesis on Pollen Limitation and Terrestrial biodiversity (sPlat)"
main applicants: Tiffany Knight (Washington University, iDiv), Tia-Lynn Ashman (University of Pittsburgh) and Janette Steets (Oklahoma State University)

"Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment‐diversity‐productivity relationships in grasslands (sToichNutNet)"
main applicants: Elizabeth Borer (University of Minnesota) and Anne Ebeling (University of Jena)

"Expanding Neo-Chessonian coexistence theory towards a stochastic theory for species rich communities (sNiche)"
main applicants: Thorsten Wiegand (UFZ) and Stan W. Harpole (iDiv)

"Functional Information: its potential for quantifying biodiversity and its relation to ecosystem functioning. Function, Information and Biodiversity (sFIND)"
main applicants: Keith Farnsworth (Queen’s University Belfast) and Ivo Große (University of Halle/ Saale)

Individual postdoc projects:

"Drivers of plant diversity across spatiotemporal scales: integrating ecological, evolutionary and environmental processes”
Postdoc: Juliano Sarmento Cabral (University of Göttingen)

"Assessing extinction: Crossover of geometrical, macroecological and Bayesian perspectives”
Postdoc: Petr Keil (Charles University in Prague)

Decisions for second sDiv call

Following our second sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Committee decided to fund five international workshops:

"Synthesising Trait Evolution in Plants (sTEP)"
main applicants: William D. Pearse
and Jeannine Cavender-Bares (both University of Minnesota)

"Next Generation Models for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (sESMOD)"
main applicants: Elena Bennett
(Mc Gill University); Gretchen Daily (Stanford University)

"Ecotoxicology for B-EF research: experimental design of aquatic multi-trophic experiments (sEcoToxDiv)"
main applicants: Frederik De Laender
(University of Namur); Paul Van den Brink (Wageningen University)

"Can ecological network information improve the efficacy of biodiversity conservation for ecosystem services in the face of unavoidable uncertainty? (sErvices)"
main applicants: Laura E. Dee
and Steven D. Gaines (both University of California, Santa Barbara)

"Unifying marine and terrestrial biodiversity at the interplay of macroecology, macrophysiology and macroevolution (sWEEP)"
main applicants: Miguel Ángel Olalla Tárraga
(Rey Juan Carlos University); Ignacio Morales Castilla (Universidade de Evora)

Decisions for first sDiv call

Within our first sDiv call for workshops, various projects are funded.

Funded workshops:

sPlot - Plant trait-environment relationships across the world's biomes ("Trait-vegetation")
main applicants: Helge Bruelheide, Oliver Purschke
associated postdoc: Jürgen Dengler

sImpact - Impact of invasive alien species: prediction and quantification
main applicant: Sabrina Kumschick

TRANs-BEE - Synthesising transcriptome data to explore interspecies bee-pathogen molecular interactions that may underpin pollinator decline “trans-bee”
main applicants: Christina M. Grozinger, Robert J. Paxton
associated postdoc: Vincent Doublet

sTOICHFUN Stoichiometric constraints of biodiversity – functioning relationships StoichFun
main applicant: Helmut Hillebrand
associated postdoc: Aleksandra Lewandowska

rangeShifter - Synthesising population, community, genetic and evolutionary dynamics in a simulation platform: a tool for theory and application
main applicant: Justin Travis
associated postdoc: Alexander Singer

ECOTRON - Next generation biodiversity manipulation: Technical requirements for an ecotron platform
main apllicants: Stefan Meldau, Nico Eisenhauer

sTability - Plant diversity effects on ecosystem resistance to and recovery from perturbations
main applicants: Nico Eisenhauer, Forest Isbell
associated postdoc: Dylan Craven

sOILDIV - A framework to improve our understanding of the distribution of global soil biodiversity: establishing the first quantitative synthesis
main applicant: Diana H. Wall
associated postdoc: Kelly S. Ramirez

sREGPOOL - Biodiversity across spatial scales - linking macroecological models to local-scale biodiversity patterns by explicit delineation of the regional species pool Biodiversity and spatial scale - the regional species pool link
main applicants: Dirk Nikolaus Karger, Jens-Christian Svenning

sFOSSIL - Integrating Phylogenies, Fossils and Earth System Dynamics
main applicants: Jan Schnitzler, Andreas Mulch

TRY - Towards a sustainable archive and sharing-mechanism for plant trait data: Refining the TRY initiative TRY 3.0
main applicant: Jens Kattge

sTUNDRA - Tundra ecosystem change: Scaling shrub expansion from site to biome
main applicants: Isla H. Myers-Smith, Sarah C. Elmendorf
associated postdoc: Anne Bjorkman

sCoMuCra - Species communities harboring the outcome of plant diversification: museums and cradles (CoMuCra)
main applicant: Andreas Prinzing
associated postdoc: Benjamin Yguel

sTREEDIV - Using Tree Diversity as an Insurance for the Stable Functioning of Forest Ecosystems
main applicants: Andy Hector, Bart Muys
associated postdoc: Simon Bilodeau-Gauthier

Physiodiv - Biodiversity meets Physiology – Physiology meets Biodiversity
main applicant: Christian Wilhelm

sPHY - Synthesizing phylogenetic measures for ecology and conservation
main applicants: Marc W Cadotte, Dan F Rosauer

sMGI - 3rd Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative
main applicants: François Buscot, Sylvie Herrmann

Funded individual postdocs:

How does biodiversity affect ecosystem functioning and community stability:a meta-analysis of ecotoxicological stress experiments on freshwater communities
Viktoriia Radchuk

Niche, neutrality and the maintenance of biotic diversity in a changing world
Stefano Larsen

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