German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Biodiversity Exploratories

Changes in land use and its intensity are major determinants of biodiversity. The Biodiversity Exploratories funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG Priority Programme 1374) comprise three exemplary large-scale and long-term research sites in grassland and forest ecosystems (exploratories) which serve as open platforms for biodiversity and ecosystem research groups. This concept allows research in real landscapes on feed back loops between landscape change, diversity of genes, species and biological interactions, and ecosystem services through the combination of monitoring and experimental approaches.

Research focus

  • To understand the relationship between biodiversity of different taxa and levels
  • To understand the role of land use and management for biodiversity
  • To understand the role of biodiversity for ecosystem processes

Key data

  • Location: Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin, National Park Hainich and surroundings, and Biosphere Reserve Schwäbische Alb; coordination office in Frankfurt
  • Platform type: 1,000 study plots in each exploratory out of which 100 experimental plots per exploratory represent a gradient of land use intensity
  • Research groups involved: Currently, approx. 250 scientists in more than 50 projects from all over Germany


Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer  (Speaker)

Dr. Victoria Grießmeier (Scientific coordinator)

Share this site on:
iDiv is a research centre of theDFG Logo