• Elected by the General Member Assembly for a two-year-term
  • Respresent the interests of members at iDiv

Stefan Klotz (chair)
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Frank Blattner
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Volker Grimm
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Ivo Große
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)

Birgitta König-Ries
Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)

Markus Reichstein
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI BGC)

Martin Schlegel
Leipzig University (UL)

Karsten Wesche
Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG)

Full members

The key ingredient for establishing a successful centre capable of accomplishing the missions (1. Providing the scientific foundation for sustainable management of the earth's biodiversity, 2. Promoting the development of the new scientific field: 'Integrative Biodiversity Research') is a critical mass of internationally renowned scientists who (i) have been the driving forces behind the recent advancement of German biodiversity research, (ii) have been shown to collaborate successfully in the past with other experts in biodiversity-oriented research, (iii) have covered enough of the spectrum of experimental expertise to devise the required facilities, (iv) have experience in biodiversity informatics, ecological synthesis and theory development, (v) have heavily contributed to the DFG renewal proposal of iDiv. Currently, iDiv has 115 members (see below). By participating in the e.g., sDiv executive committee, PhD advisory board of iDiv graduate school or IPBES contact group, full iDiv members carry joint responsibilities for running the centre and developing it into the world-leading place for integrative biodiversity research.

Dr. Harald Auge UFZ, Community Ecology Vegetation ecology, ecological genetics, food-web interactions website
Prof. Ian T. Baldwin MPI CE, Molecular Ecology Molecular interactions website
Prof. Martin von Bergen UFZ, Proteomics and Metabolomics Metaproteomics in biodegradation and microbial ecology website
Prof. Uta Berger TUD, Forest Biometry and Systems Analysis Restoration ecology, biodiversity conservation website
PD Dr. Frank Blattner IPK, Genebank Taxonomy, evolutionary biology website
Prof. Christoph Bleidorn Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Phylogenomics website
Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese Bik-F, Biodiversity and area dynamics of vertebrates Macroecology, community ecology and conservation biology website
Prof. Christophe Boesch MPI EVA, Primatology Great ape ecology website
Prof. Wilhelm Boland MPI CE, Bioorganic Chemistry Defence chemistry website
Prof. Ulla Bonas MLU, Plant Genetics Genetic and molecular analysis of the Xanthomonas / plant interaction website
Prof. Aletta Bonn iDiv, UFZ, FSU: Ecology Ecosystem services, participatory conservation website
Prof. Ulrich Brose iDiv, FSU: Ecology Theory in biodiversity science website
Prof. Helge Bruelheide MLU, Geobotany / Bot. Garden BD-EF, vegetation ecology website
Prof. Francois Buscot UFZ, Soil Ecology Molecular microbial ecology, mycorrhiza website
Prof. Jonathan Chase iDiv, MLU: Biology Biodiversity synthesis website
Prof. Nicole van Dam iDiv, FSU: Ecology Chemical ecology, molecular plant responses website
Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas UFZ, Environmental Microbiology Experimental microbial ecology, bacteria-protists-virus interactions, metagenomics, BD-EF, coevolution website
Prof. Jörg Degenhardt MLU, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Plant metabolites, terpene biosynthesis website
Prof. Holger Deising MLU, Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences Phytopathology website
Prof. Joachim Denzler FSU, Mathematics and Computer Sciences Computer vision, machine learning, automatic monitoring for biodiversity research website
Dr. Walter Durka UFZ, Community Ecology Plant population genetics website
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer iDiv, UL: Biology Aboveground–belowground interactions, biodiversity–ecosystem functioning, soil ecology website
Prof. Alexandra Erfmeier Kiel University, Ecosystem Research Geobotany website
Prof. Karin Frank UFZ, Ecological Modelling Ecological modelling website
Prof. Andreas Freytag FSU, Economic Policy Development policy, institutional economics 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. Jonathan Gershenzon MPI CE, Biochemistry Plant metabolites website
Prof. Gerd Gleixner MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Molecular biogeochemistry website
Prof. Andreas Gogol-Döring THM, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Informatics Bioinformatics in biodiversity research, high-throughput sequencing, data synthesis and meta-analyses, data visualization website
Prof. Andreas Graner IPK, Genebank Molecular plant breeding 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, Computer Science Bioinformatics website
Dr. Sylvia Haider MLU, Geobotany / Bot. Garden Plant invasions, community assembly website
Prof. Stefan Halle FSU, Ecology Ecology 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 Environmental aquatic microbiology website
Prof. Stanley Harpole iDiv, UFZ, MLU: Biology Community ecology, biodiversity theory, experimental ecology website
Prof. Frank Hellwig FSU, Systematic Botany website
Prof. Klaus Henle UFZ, Conservation Biology Conservation ecology, science policy website
Prof. Isabell Hensen MLU, Geobotany / Bot. Garden Plant population genetics , conservation of endangered grassland species, garden/greenhouse experiments, biological invasions, (sub)tropical treelines, restoration ecology website
Dr. Martina Herrmann FSU, Ecology 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, Geoscience Vegetation dynamics in semiarid climates, Ecohydrology: root water uptake, canopy water fluxes, inverse modelling of soil water fluxes website
Prof. Helmut Hillebrand UO, Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment Ecological stoichiometry, causes and consequences of biodiversity change website
Prof. Klaus Humbeck MLU, Plant Physiology Ageing and stress response in plants website
Prof. Andreas Huth UFZ, Ecological Modelling Biodiversity modelling, remote sensing, forest dynamics, carbon balances of vegetation, ecological theory website
Dr. Ute Jandt MLU, Geobotany / Bot. Garden German Vegetation Reference Database (GVRD), vegetation science website
Prof. Florian Jeltsch UP, Biochemistry and Biology Plant Ecology, nature conservation website
Dr. Jens Kattge MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Biogeochemistry, plant traits website
Dr. Stefan Klotz UFZ, Community Ecology Biogeography, plant traits website
Prof. Tiffany Marie Knight MLU, UFZ, iDiv: Spatial Interaction Ecology Invasion biology website
Prof. Birgitta König-Ries FSU, Computer Science Data Management, data integration, linked data, semantic web website
Prof. Franziska Krajinski-Barth UL, Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology Molecular physiology of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, plant mineral nutrition, rhizosphere interactions website
Prof. Christian Kuhlicke UFZ, Environment and Society Environmental and urban risks, risk management, extreme events, climate change, decision-making processes website
Prof. Ingolf Kühn UFZ, Community Ecology Biological Invasions, functional (trait based) ecology, analyses of long-term data, glacier forefield monitoring, spatial statistics website
Dr. Hjalmar Kühl iDiv, MPI EVA: Primatology Great ape evolutionary ecology and conservation website
Prof. Kirsten Küsel FSU, Ecology Aquatic geomicrobiology website
Dr. Susanne Lachmuth MLU, Geobotany / Bot. Garden Plant invasion, nature conservation website
Dr. Michael Lattorff International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi/Kenya Animal physiology website
Prof. Martin Lindner MLU, Biology Didactics Biology didactics, geography didactics website
Dr. Miguel Mahecha MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Environmental data analysis, ecological model-evaluation website
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lutz Maicher FSU, Computer Science Data Management, data quality website
Prof. Manja Marz FSU, Bioinformatics Bioinformtics of RNA-Seq, ncRNAs, viruses website
Dr. Martin Mascher IPK, Domestication Genomics Plant genomics, domestication, bioinformatics website
Dr. Carsten Meyer iDiv, Macroecology and Society Macroecology, land change science, global change biology, biodiversity data website
Prof. Beate Michalzik FSU, Soil Science Soil science, terrestrial ecosystem research, effects of ecosystem disturbances (e.g. droughts, fires) and forest management on soil biogeochemistry website
Dr. Stefan Möckel UFZ, Environmental and Planning Law Nature conservation, agriculture and forestry, soil conservation, water management, environmental planning, tax legislation and financial website
Prof. Volker J. Mosbrugger GUF, SMNG: Geosciences Vegetation-climate-interaction, earth system dynamics website
Prof. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl UL, Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics Plant phylogenetics, systematics, taxonomy, biogeography website
Dr. Steffen Neumann IPB, Bioinformatics and Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics, computational mass spectrometry website
Prof. Goddert von Oheimb TUD, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Biodiversity conservation, nature conservation, ecosystem functioning website
Dr. Renske Onstein iDiv, Evolution and Adaption Macroevolution, frugivory, functional traits, comparative methods, diversification rates website
Prof. Jörg Overmann DSMZ, Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research Microbiology website
Prof. Robert Paxton MLU, Zoology Evolutionary ecology, conservation genetics,sociality, bees, pollination, insect conservation website
Dr. Guy Pe'er iDiv, Synthesis Centre sDiv; UFZ, Economics, Ecosystem Services Animal movement, population viability, range-shifts, biodiversity monitoring website
Prof. Henrique Pereira iDiv, MLU: Biology Ecological modeling and theory website
Prof. Georg Pohnert FSU, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Chemical ecology website
Prof. Martin Quaas UL, Faculty of Economics and Management Science Ecological economics, sustainable use of renewable natural resources 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
Dr. Hans-Hermann Richnow UFZ, Isotope Biogeochemistry Biogeochemistry, anaerobic microbiology website
Prof. Matthias Rillig FU, Biology Soil and microbial ecology website
Prof. Irene Ring TUD, Ecosystem Services Ecological economics, biodiversity and ecosystem governance, policy analysis website
Prof. Dieter Rink UFZ, Urban and Environmental Sociology Urban and environmental sociology, urban and regional research website
Prof. Christine Römermann FSU, Plant Biodiversity Plant ecology, functional ecology, vegetation ecology, phenology website
PD Dr. Christiane Roscher UFZ, Physiological Diversity Plant ecology, experimental ecology website
Dr. Nadja Rüger iDiv, Niche Detector for Hyperdiverse Tropical Forests Forest ecology website
PD Dr. Martin Schädler UFZ, Community Ecology Trophic interactions, plant-insect interactions, soil ecology, decomposition website
Prof. Dierk Scheel IPB, Stress and Developmental Biology Plant-microbe interaction, cellular signaling, metabolite profiling website
Prof. Stefan Scheu UG, JF Blumenbach, Zoology and Anthropology Soil ecology, below / above-ground interactions, evolutionary biology website
Prof. Holger Schielzeth FSU, Ecology Evolutionary and molecular ecology, quantitative and population genetics, local adaptation, behavioral ecology website
Prof. Martin Schlegel UL, Molecular Evolution Animal Systematics Phylogenetics website
Prof. Thomas Schmitt SMNG, MLU, Entomology, Zoology Biogeography, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology and genetics website
Prof. Ernst-D. Schulze MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Ecology website
Dr. Meredith Schuman MPI CE, Molecular Ecology Functional genetic studies, chemical ecology, plant-insect interactions, neighbor interactions, scaling, biotechnology website
Prof. Ralf Seppelt UFZ, MLU: Computational Landscape Ecology 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, Bioinformatics Comparative genomics, structural biology, theory of evolution website
Prof. Sebastian Steinfartz UL, Working Group Molecular Evolution and Systematics of Animals Population genetics/genomics, conservation genetics, amphibian specialist expertise website
PD Dr. Mika Tarkka UFZ, Soil Ecology Plant-microbe interactions website
Prof. Susan Trumbore MPI BGC, Biogeochemical Processes Carbon cycle website
Prof. Michael Vohland UL, Geography Geoinformatics, remote sensing website
Prof. Alexandra Weigelt UL, Biology, Botany and Functional Biodiversity Plant ecology, plant-plant interactions website
Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser TUM, Terrestrial Ecology Multitrophic interactions website
Dr. Erik Welk MLU, Geobotany / Bot.Garden 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 UL, Behavioural Ecology
MPI EVA, Primatology
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
Prof. Christian Wilhelm UL, Plant Physiology Algal physiology website
Dr. Marten Winter UL, sDiv Macroecology, Biological Invasions, Mammal Ecology, Biodiversity Change, Functional/Phylogenetic diversity, Biodiversity conservation website
Prof. Christian Wirth UL, Biology, Botany and Functional Biodiversity Forest ecology, trait-based ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, carbon cycling, fire ecology, canopy research, biodiversity informatics website
Dr. Tesfaye Wubet UFZ, Soil Ecology Microbial ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics website
Prof. Jörg Zabel UL, Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology Biology education, evolution teaching, design and evaluation of learning environments website
Prof. Christian Zörb University of Hohenheim, Crop Science Stress physiology, plant nutrition website

Associated members

Associated iDiv membership is held by external scientists who (i) have left iDiv but would like to stay in close contact with the research centre, e.g., due to tremendous efforts and time they allocated to iDiv projects, (ii) participate in an iDiv Committees, without being an employee or full iDiv member. Currently, iDiv has 6 associated members (see below).

NameAffiliationResearch area(s)
PD Dr. Jürgen DenglerZHAW, Research Group for Vegetation EcologysMon, sPlot, vegetation ecology, macroecology, biodiversity conservation, ecoinformatics, experimental plant ecology, vegetation classificationwebsite
Dr. Klaus JürgensLeibniz-Institut für OstseeforschungAquatic microbial ecology, biogeochemistry of hypoxic marine systems, trophic interactions in microbial food webs, diversity and ecology of aquatic protistswebsite
Dr. Stefan MeldauMPI CE, Biochemistry Biochemistry, ecology, genetics, genomics, omics, plant sciencewebsite
Stefan SchafferUL, Biology  website
Dr. Frank D. SteinheimerMLU, ZoologyZoology, systematics (taxonomy), evolutionary biologywebsite
Dr. Jula ZimmermannUFZHead of HIGRADEwebsite

List of abbreviations:

DSMZ = Leibniz Institute German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
FSU = Friedrich Schiller University Jena
FU = Freie Universität Berlin
GUF = Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
iDiv = German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
IPB = Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry
IPK = Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
MLU = Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
MPI BGC = Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
MPI CE = Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
MPI EVA = Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
MPI MIS = Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Science
SMNG = Leibniz Institute Senckenberg Museum of Natural History
TUD = Technische Universität Dresden
TUM = Technische Universität Munich
UFZ = Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
UG = Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
UL = Leipzig University
UO = University of Oldenburg
UP = University of Potsdam

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