iDiv Members

Full members

Full members of iDiv are scientists who are linked to one of the executing institutions or partner institutions. This includes:

  1. core professors appointed by iDiv as Research Group Leaders
  2. the leaders of independent junior research groups established by iDiv.

Admission as full members can be granted to scientists who are employed by the participating institutions (executing or partner institutions), and:

  1. are independent/leading scientists who can represent iDiv in their institutions,
  2. have demonstrated scientific excellence,
  3. are internationally recognized scientists who work in an integrative and collaborative manner, have expertise relevant to iDiv, and contribute to iDiv's mission.

The Science Strategy Board, in accordance with the iDiv Board of Trustees, decides on applications for admission of new full members. Currently, iDiv has 107 full members (see below).

List of full members

Dr. Oliver Arranz-Becker MLU, Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences Social sciences , biodiversity on health, Quantitative methods in the social scienceswebsite
Dr. Harald Auge UFZ, Community Ecology Vegetation ecology, ecological genetics, food-web interactions website
Prof. Peter Bayer MLU, Department of Applied Geology groundwater, geoenergy, industrial ecology website
Dr. Markus Bernhardt-Römermann FSU, AG Vegetationsökologie vegetation ecology, vegetation and ecosystem changes website
Prof. Aletta Bonn iDiv, Ecosystem Services ; UFZ, Ecosystem Services; FSU, Biodiversity Ecosystem services, participatory conservation website
Prof. Ulrich Brose iDiv, Theory in Biodiversity Science; FSU, Biodiversity Theory in biodiversity science website
Prof. Helge Bruelheide MLU, Biology BD-EF, vegetation ecology website
Dr. Jan Bumberger UFZ, Monitoring and Exploration Technologies Biodiversity monitoring, sensor network, data management website
Prof. Francois Buscot UFZ, UL; Soil Ecology Molecular microbial ecology, mycorrhiza website
Prof. Jonathan Chase iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis; MLU, Biology Biodiversity synthesis website
Prof. Antonis Chatzinotas UFZ, Environmental Microbiology Experimental microbial ecology, bacteria-protists-virus interactions, metagenomics, BD-EF, coevolution website
Prof. Christopher Conrad MLU, Geoecology land use systems and remote sensing website
Prof. Holger Deising MLU, Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences Phytopathology website
Prof. Joachim Denzler FSU, Informatics Computer vision, machine learning, automatic monitoring for biodiversity research website
Prof. Peter Dietrich UFZ, Monitoring and Exploration Technologies system analysis and geotechnics website
Dr. Daniel Doktor UFZ, Remote Sensing of Ecosystems (ROSE) vegetation dynamics and land-use / land-cover website
Dr. Susanne Dunker iDiv, Physiological Diversity ; UFZ image-based cytometry, plant physiology website
Dr. Walter Durka UFZ, Community Ecology Plant population genetics website
Dr. Anne Ebeling FSU, Jena Experiment Grassland ecosystems website
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology; UL, Biology Aboveground–belowground interactions, biodiversity–ecosystem functioning, soil ecology website
Prof. Hannes Feilhauer UL, Fernerkundung in der Geo- und Ökosystemforschung remote sensing, spatio-temporal analyses of patterns in species distributions, functional ecosystem properties, ecosystem services and biodiversity website
Dr. Néstor Fernández iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation ; MLU Social sciences and ecology, science policy website
Prof. Karin Frank UFZ, Ecological Modelling Ecological modelling website
Dr. Martin Freiberg UL, Biology Taxonomy (The Leipzig Catalogue of Vascular Plants) website
Prof. Claudia Fricke MLU, Tierökologie Animal Ecology website
Prof. Immo Fritsche Ul, Sozialpsychologie psychology, social-psychology, environmental psychology website
Prof. Christine Fürst MLU, Sustainable Landscape Development Adaptive management in social-ecological systems, transdisciplinary research, sustainable regional development, modeling social ecological systems website
Prof. Bruno Glaser MLU, Soil Biogeochemistry Soil biogeochemistry, soil processes, palae-oecology, global change, stable isotopes website
Prof. Gerd Gleixner MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Molecular biogeochemistry website
Prof. Volker Grimm UFZ, Ecological System Analysis Strategies for model development and communication, concepts in ecology (resilience, stability), Agent-based/individual-based modelling website
Prof. Ivo Große MLU, Informatics Bioinformatics website
Dr. Sylvia Haider MLU, Biology Plant invasions, community assembly website
Prof. Bernd Hansjürgens UFZ, Economics Environmental and resource economics website
Prof. Bill Hansson MPI CE, Evolutionary Neuroethology Insect olfactation website
Prof. Hauke Harms UFZ, Environmental Microbiology; UL, Biochemistry Environmental aquatic microbiology website
Prof. Stan Harpole iDiv, Physiological Diversity ; UFZ, Physiological Diversity ; MLU, Physiological Diversity Community ecology, biodiversity theory, experimental ecology website
Prof. Daniel Haun MPI EVA, UL, Comparative Cultural Psychology Development psychology, spatial and social cognition in apes and children website
Prof. Frank Hellwig FSU, Ecology and Evolution Systematics and evolutionary biology of plants website
Prof. Isabell Hensen MLU, Biology Plant population genetics , conservation of endangered grassland species, garden/greenhouse experiments, biological invasions, (sub)tropical treelines, restoration ecology website
Dr. Martina Herrmann FSU, Biodiversity Microbial ecology of the nitrogen cycle, groundwater microbiology, aquatic geomicrobiology website
Dr. Sylvie Herrmann UFZ, Community Ecology / Soil Ecology Symbiotic interactions, plant development, transcriptomics website
Prof. Anke Hildebrandt FSU, Geosciences; UFZ, Computational Hydrosystems Vegetation dynamics in semiarid climates, Ecohydrology: root water uptake, canopy water fluxes, inverse modelling of soil water fluxes website
Dr Jes Hines iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology ; UL Food web dynamics, ecosystem processes, sustainability website
Dr. Ute Jandt MLU, Biology German Vegetation Reference Database (GVRD), vegetation science website
Prof. Martin Kaltenpoth MPI CE, Insect Symbiosis insect symbiosis, molecular interaction website
Dr. Jens Kattge MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Biogeochemistry, plant traits website
Dr. Stefan Klotz UFZ, Community Ecology Biogeography, plant traits website
Dr. Sonja Knapp UFZ, Community Ecology Urban ecology, functional ecology, phylogenetic and macro-ecology website
Prof. Tiffany Marie Knight iDiv, Spatial Interaction Ecology; UFZ, Community Ecology; MLU, Biology Invasion biology website
Prof. Birgitta König-Ries FSU, Informatics Data Management, data integration, linked data, semantic web website
Prof. Franziska Krajinski-Barth UL, Biology Molecular physiology of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, plant mineral nutrition, rhizosphere interactions website
Dr. Hjalmar Kühl iDiv, MPI EVA, Primatology Great ape evolutionary ecology and conservation website
Prof. Ingolf Kühn UFZ, Community Ecology; MLU, Biology Biological Invasions, functional (trait based) ecology, analyses of long-term data, glacier forefield monitoring, spatial statistics website
Prof. Kirsten Küsel FSU, Biodiversity Aquatic geomicrobiology website
Dr. Markus Lehnert MLU, Herbarium Geobotany, systematics, taxonomy, botanical garden, herbarium website
Prof. Katja Liebal UL, Primate Cognition Human biology, primate cognition, website
Prof. Miguel Mahecha UL, Remote Sensing Center Environmental data analysis, ecological model-evaluation website
Prof. Manja Marz FSU, Informatics Bioinformtics of RNA-Seq, ncRNAs, viruses website
Dr. Martin Mascher IPK, Domestication Genomics Plant genomics, domestication, bioinformatics website
Prof. Richard McElreath MPI EVA, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture Anthropology website
Dr. Carsten Meyer iDiv, UL, Macroecology and Society Macroecology, land change science, global change biology, biodiversity data website
Prof. Beate Michalzik FSU, Geography Soil science, terrestrial ecosystem research, effects of ecosystem disturbances (e.g. droughts, fires) and forest management on soil biogeochemistry website
Prof. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl UL, Biology Plant phylogenetics, systematics, taxonomy, biogeography website
Dr. Hendrik Müller MLU, Collections (ZNS) Zoological collection, taxonomy of amphibians, evolution website
Dr. Steffen Neumann IPB, Synergy Research Groups Metabolomics, computational mass spectrometry website
Dr. Omer Nevo iDiv, FSU, Evolutionary Ecology Group Evolutionary ecology, chemical communication between plants and animals website
Dr. Renske Onstein iDiv, UL, Evolution and Adaption Macroevolution, frugivory, functional traits, comparative methods, diversification rates website
Prof. Jörg Overmann DSMZ, Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research Microbiology website
Prof. Christian Papilloud MLU, Institute of Sociology Sociology, sociological theorie website
Prof. Robert Paxton MLU, Zoology Evolutionary ecology, conservation genetics,sociality, bees, pollination, insect conservation website
Dr. Guy Pe'er iDiv, Ecosystem Services, Economics Animal movement, population viability, range-shifts, biodiversity monitoring website
Prof. Henrique Pereira iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation; MLU, Biology Ecological modeling and theory website
Prof. Georg Pohnert FSU, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Chemical ecology website
Prof. Johannes Quaas UL, Theoretical Meteorology Climate research, climate change, theoretical meteorology website
Prof. Martin Quaas iDiv, Biodiversity Economics; UL, Economics and Management Science Ecological economics, sustainable use of renewable natural resources website
Prof. Marcel Quint MLU, Plant Sciences Adaptation, physiological adaptation of plants to clime change, crop physiology, molecular biology website
Prof. Markus Reichstein MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Ecosystem ecology, carbon cycle, ecohydrology, climate extremes, remote sensing, machine learning website
Dr. Thomas Reitz UFZ, Soil Ecology Microbial communities website
Prof. Dieter Rink UFZ, Urban and Environmental Sociology Urban and environmental sociology, urban and regional research website
Prof. Christine Römermann FSU, Ecology and Evolution Plant ecology, functional ecology, vegetation ecology, phenology website
PD Dr. Christiane Roscher iDiv, UFZ, Physiological Diversity Plant ecology, experimental ecology website
Dr. Nadja Rüger iDiv, UL, Biodiversity Economics Forest ecology and modeling, tree demography website
Prof. Reinhold Sackmann MLU, Institute of Sociology Sociology, Analyse of social structures website
Prof. Severin Sasso UL, Plant Physiology Microalgae interactions, photosynthesis, stress and ecophysiology website
PD Dr. Martin Schädler UFZ, Community Ecology Trophic interactions, plant-insect interactions, soil ecology, decomposition website
Prof. Holger Schielzeth FSU, Ecology and Evolution Evolutionary and molecular ecology, quantitative and population genetics, local adaptation, behavioral ecology website
Senior-Prof. Martin Schlegel UL, Biology Biodiversity and Evolution website
Dr. Oliver Schweiger UFZ, Community Ecology Animal ecology and ecological systems across different scales website
Prof. Ralf Seppelt UFZ, Computational Landscape Ecology; MLU, Geosciences and Geography Ecosystem services website
Prof. Josef Settele UFZ, Community Ecology Agro-ecology, animal ecology, insect monitoring, global change, land use and biodiversity, social-ecological systems, international assessments website
Prof. Peter F. Stadler UL, Computer Science Comparative genomics, structural biology, theory of evolution website
Dr. Franziska Taubert UFZ, Ecological Modelling Ecological modelling, grassland landscapes website
Prof. Andreas Thum UL, Genetics Anatomy and insect behaviour, Neuroscience website
Prof. Nicole van Dam iDiv, Molecular Interaction Ecology; FSU, Biodiversity Chemical ecology, molecular plant responses website
Prof. Michael Vohland UL, Geography Geoinformatics, remote sensing website
Prof. Martin von Bergen UFZ, Molecular Systems Biology Metaproteomics in biodegradation and microbial ecology website
Prof. Alexandra Weigelt UL, Biology Plant ecology, plant-plant interactions website
Dr. Erik Welk MLU, Biology Chorology Database Halle (CDH), biogeography website
Prof. Karsten Wesche SMNG, Botany Natural History Collections - especially herbaria, flora of Central Europe, steppe vegetation, grazing ecology, conservation biology website
Prof. Ludger Wessjohann IPB, Bioorganic Chemistry Plant biochemistry website
Prof. Anja Widdig MPI EVA, Primate Behavioural Ecology; UL, Biology Behavioural and genetic diversity, chemical ecology, primate ecology and conservation website
PD Dr. Thorsten Wiegand UFZ, Ecological Modelling Spatially explicit individual-based models, spatial point-pattern analysis, inverse model parameterization and pattern-oriented modeling website
Senior-Prof. Christian Wilhelm UL, Biology Algal physiology website
Dr. Marten Winter iDiv, UL, sDiv Macroecology, Biological Invasions, Mammal Ecology, Biodiversity Change, Functional/Phylogenetic diversity, Biodiversity conservation website
Prof. Christian Wirth UL, Biology Forest ecology, trait-based ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, carbon cycling, fire ecology, canopy research, biodiversity informatics website
Dr. Tesfaye Wubet UFZ, Soil Ecology; UL, Biology Microbial ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics website
Prof. Jörg Zabel UL, Biology Biology education, evolution teaching, design and evaluation of learning environments website

Associated members

Associated members of iDiv may be scientists who are employed in one of the participating institutions, and have special expertise in certain iDiv research fields and can thus support iDiv (e.g. scientists who can act as advisors to iDiv or outstanding young scientists whose work contributes substantially to iDiv's mission). Associated members may be admitted on personal request or upon proposal by members of the Science Strategy Board. The Science Strategy Board decides on applications for admission for associate membership.

List of associated members

NameAffiliationResearch area(s)
Dr. Mimi ArandjelovicMPI Eva, UL, PrimatologyPrimatologywebsite
Prof. Oskar Hallatschek UL, Berkeley University Theoretical physics, microbial populations, integration of theory, analysis and experiments website
Dr. Anna HolznerUL, MPI EVA, Behavioural Ecology Behavioural ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology website
Dr. Jessica Junker iDiv, MLU, Biodiversity Conservation biomonitoring, conservation biology, biodiversity in complex social-ecological systems website
Dr. Belinda Kahnt MLU, General Zoology Species interactions, conservation genetics/genomics, pollinator-plant coevolution, phylogenetics website
Dr. Teja Kattenborn UL, Remote Sensing Centre for Earth System Research Remote Sensing website
Dr. Marlen Kücklich UL, MPI EVA, Behavioural Ecology Behavioural ecology, chemical ecology website
Prof. Martin Lindner MLU, Didactics of Biology Biology education website
Dr. Patrick Mäder TU Ilmenau, Software Engineering for Safety-Critical Systems Group Machine learning, Computational Biology, Software engineering, Safety engineeringwebsite
Prof. Sarah O'Connor MPI CE, Natural Product Biosynthesis Natural Product Biosynthesis website
Dr. Christoph Rosche MLU, Plant Ecology Molecular diversity, intraspecific variation website
Dr. Antonella Soro MLU, General Zoology Evolution of sociality, impact of anthropogenic changes website
Dr. Frank D. SteinheimerMLU, ZoologyZoology, systematics (taxonomy), evolutionary biologywebsite
PD Dr. Mika Tarkka UFZ, Soil Ecology; UL, Biology Plant-microbe interactions website
Dr. Theodorou Panagiotis MLU, General Zoology Population genetics, insect biodiversity, host-parasite interactions, plant-pollinator interactions, pollinationwebsite
Dr. Sabrina Träger MLU, Plant EcologyPlant Ecologywebsite
Dr. Sybille Unsicker MPI CE, Biochemistry Plant-environment interactionwebsite
Dr. Jana Waeldchen MPI BGC, Biogeochemical integration Species identification, species prediction, trait analysis website
Dr. Sebastian Wieneke UL, Remote Sensing Centre for Earth System Research Remote Sensing website

Honorary members

Honorary members are persons who have rendered outstanding contributions to iDiv. This contribution can be either of scientific nature or in the form of science-policy, strategic or administrative support. Honorary membership shall also be conferred upon individuals who have rendered outstanding contributions in society and politics towards the interests of biodiversity research in general and iDiv in particular. Honorary members are nominated by the General Member Assembly and appointed by the Science Strategy Board. Currently, iDiv has 2 associated members (see below).

List of honorary member

NameAffiliationResearch area(s)
Senior-Prof. Martin Schlegel UL, Biology Biodiversity and Evolution website
Andreas SickertLeipzig Forestwebsite

Membership Committee

The membership Committee consists of five full iDiv members, representing the iDiv institutions, who are appointed by the Science Strategy Board (SSB) for two years.

The membership committee is in charge for all membership issues at iDiv. This includes the discussion on concepts for the membership as well as the coordination of the application process. We also serve as contact for people interested in iDiv membership and the iDiv local committees regarding membership issues.

Currently, the Membership Committee has the following members:

  • Jens Kattge (chair, MPI BGC),
  • Isabell Hensen (MLU),
  • Martina Herrmann (FSU),
  • Christian Wirth (UL),
  • Harald Auge (UFZ).

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