German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
 

Join the lab!

Interested students are welcome to participate in the research conducted in our lab throughout the year. Open PhD and Postdoc positions will be announced at this page. We offer different topics for bachelor and master theses and also welcome your ideas and suggestions for other thesis topics. Please find a selection of topics listed or request further topics by contacting Prof. Nico Eisenhauer or Dr. Simone Cesarz.


Postdoc position

We are scouting for a Humboldt postdoc fellowship for researchers from underrepresented regions of the globe interested in synthesizing/modelling global data with a soil perspective or interested in plant-mycorrhizae interactions (MyDiv/TreeDivNet). No deadline. More info here.

Student helper positions

This student helper position is related to a project focusing on the effects of invasive earthworms on plants and microbes.We  are  currently  setting  up  a  microcosm  experiment  in  order  to  evaluate  plant responses to their neighbors, to earthworms, and to herbivores via the measurement of plant functional trait as well as plant metabolomic responses.

Please see PDF for more info and contact Lise Thouvenot if you are interested.

 


We are looking for a student helper/ Hiwi for 19h/week starting from mid-June.

Please see PDF for more info and contact Angelos Amyntas if you are interested.

 

Bachelor theses

We offer many topics for bachelor and master theses in our working group. Finding the right topic is not easy and we are happy to introduce our topics to you in more detail or discuss further ideas.
 


Title: Assessing the impact of the nutritional value of pollen diversity for soil foodwebs
Contact: Simone Cesarz
PDF with details

Title: Coupling the European Vegetation Archive with European soil samples
Contact: Carlos Guerra
PDF with details

Title: Using GBIF and EDAPHOBASE data to predict the distribution of soil biodiversity
Contact: Carlos Guerra
PDF with details

Title: Effects of tree dissimilarity on microbial biomass and respiration
Contact: Rémy Beugnon
Related project:Tree Dì (BEF-China)
PDF with details

Title: European Patterns of Soil Multifunctionality
Contact: Carlos Guerra
Related project: LUCAS Soil Ecosystem Functions
PDF with details

Title: Above-belowground interactions in the context of biological invasions
Contact: Lise Thouvenot
Related project:Ecoworm
PDF with details

Title: Bottom-up and top-down forces of herbivory in a tree diversity experiment
Contact: Olga Ferlian
Related project: MyDiv
PDF with more details

Title: Impacts of earthworm invasion on above- and belowground invertebrate communities in North American forest ecosystems
Contact:Malte Jochum
Related project: Ecoworm
PDF with more details

Title: Exploring length-dry body mass regressions and the relationship between dry and fresh body mass for temperate arthropods
Contact:Malte Jochum
Related project: NA
PDF with more details

 


Master theses

We offer many topics for bachelor and master theses in our working group. Finding the right topic is not easy and we are happy to introduce our topics to you in more detail or discuss further ideas.


Title: Assessing the impact of the nutritional value of pollen diversity for soil foodwebs
Contact: Simone Cesarz
PDF with details

Title: Using GBIF and EDAPHOBASE data to predict the distribution of soil biodiversity
Contact: Carlos Guerra
PDF with details

Title: Effects of tree dissimilarity on microbial biomass and respiration
Contact: Rémy Beugnon
Related project:Tree Dì (BEF-China)
PDF with details

Title: Above-belowground interactions in the context of biological invasions
Contact: Lise Thouvenot
Related project:Ecoworm
PDF with details

Title: European Patterns of Soil Multifunctionality
Contact: Carlos Guerra
Related project: LUCAS Soil Ecosystem Functions
PDF with details

Title: Impacts of earthworm invasion on above- and belowground invertebrate communities in North American forest ecosystems
Contact: Malte Jochum
Related project: Ecoworm
PDF with more details

Title: Bottom-up and top-down forces of herbivory in a tree diversity experiment
Contact: Olga Ferlian
Related project: MyDiv
PDF
with more details

Title: Exploring length-dry body mass regressions and the relationship between dry and fresh body mass for temperate arthropods
Contact:Malte Jochum
PDF with more details

 

Title: Effects of nutrient enrichment and top-predator size structure on energy flux in a marine benthic community
Contact:Malte Jochum
PDF
with details
 

We offer 2 MSc projects (2021/2022) as part of an iDiv Ecotron experiment investigating joint effects of climate and predation on above-belowground forest ecosystems.

Please see PDF for more info and contact Malte Jochum if you are interested.

 

 

Internships

Students can visit our lab to perform internships at any time. Interns can learn a multitude of methods in ecology with particular focus on soil ecology. Interns can learn how to ask scientific questions, to design respective experiments, to conduct experiments in the field or in the lab, and to analyze the data with statistical methods. Please send applications to Dr. Simone Cesarz.

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