12th sDiv call - full proposal deadline: 14 June 2024

sDiv Calls for Early Career Researcher Working Groups (ECR) and Modular Synthesis Projects (SynFlex)

This call is for projects starting in 2025. Funding cannot be guaranteed after September 2024. This is subject to the approval of iDiv funding beyond the DFG funding.


  • All topics and questions related to biodiversity synthesis (incl. social sciences etc) are welcome.
  • Funding is available for working groups lead by Early Career Researchers (ECR call) & Synthesis Projects being allowed to use other approaches than working groups (SynFlex)
  • With this call, we would again like to encourage proposals that engage genuinely with topics and researchers from under-represented regions (see  list here)
  • PLEASE NOTE: No Phd student or PostDoc salaries are funded in this call


  • Pre proposal deadline: 12 March 2024, 11:59 PM CET via the iDiv application portal*.
  • Decision made begin of April 2024
  • Full proposal submission upon invitation before 14 June 2024, 11:59 PM CET via the iDiv application portal* as PDF file using the provided templates.
  • Decision made at the end of August 2024


  • Each proposal needs to involve at least one iDiv member (full & associated members are eligible). Please be pro-active in communicating with suitable project partners (assistance by the sDiv head Marten Winter if needed).

* Registration is required to create your application. It is possible to safe and change data at any time until the final submission, if required fields are filled in. Please contact sDiv for assistance.

Call for Early Career Researcher Working Groups (ECR)

Open to Early Career Reseachers
(PhD students and Postdocs)

Call for Modular Synthesis Projects (SynFlex)

Open for all scientist worldwide for modular flexible
synthesis projects including consumables
and staff budget.


  • sDiv call description (PDF)
  • Working group budget tool (EXCEL)
  • Letter of support (PDF)
  • Full proposal template (DOCX)


  • sDiv call description (PDF)
  • Working group budget tool (EXCEL)
  • Letter of support (PDF)
  • Full proposal template (DOCX)

    General Information Material

    • General information about the sDiv framework (PDF)
    • Call Description - one pager (PDF)
    • iDiv Data & Code Sharing Policy (PDF)

      Twelth sDiv call - current status - Pre-Proposal decisions made!

      Following our 12th Call, sDiv has received 11 pre-proposals for early career working groups and 22 pre-proposals for SynFlex projects. 3 applicants for early career working groups as well as 10 applicants for SynFlex projects received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and were invited to submit a full proposal.

      ECR Working Groups

      sNext: The future of ecological networks under extreme climate change (ECR) | PIs: Nuria Galiana, Juan David González-Trujillo

      sBIOSOUTH: Holocene BIOdiversity Trends in the Global South and recent potential human impacts (ECR) PIs: Xavier Benito, Annika Herbert

      sCARCITY: sCoexistence Assumptions and Resource Competition In Theory (ECR) PIs: Aubrie James, Anita Simha


      SF Working Groups

      Evolutionary and environmental constraints to the multidimensional stoichiometric niche of life PIs: Angelica Gonzalez (SF), Olivier Dézerald

      sLOSS - Using long-term resurvey data and biodiversity experiments to predict ecosystem consequences of real-world biodiversity change (SF) PIs: Yuxin Chen, Donald M. Waller

      sMacrobehaviour: Disentangling Drivers of Geographic Variation in Vertebrate Behaviour (SF) PIs: Sally Keith, Katharine Marske

      sMacroS: Towards a synthesis in soil fauna macroecology (SF) PIs: Anton M. Potapov, Nico Eisenhauer

      RED: The Range Edge Dynamics Working Group (SF) PIs: Jean-Philippe Lessard, Katie Marshall

      sTropiBanks: a pantropical and multi-lingual synthesis of soil seed banks (SF) PIs: Carlos A. Ordóñez-Parra, Diana C. Acosta-Rojas

      sDETERMINE:  Direct and Indirect Effects of Mining on Global Ecosystems and Biodiversit (SF) PIs: Victor Maus, Arildo Dias

      sTREND: synthesis on tree Traits Response to Neighboring Diversity (SF) PIs: Hervé Jactel, Simone Mereu

      sEXCRETE: EXamining Consumer Resource Exchange in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems (SF) PIs: Amanda Subalusky, Elizabeth Le Roux

      Participatory decision-making for conservation in human-wildlife conflict contexts: synthesising expertise from research and practice (SF) PIs: Emily Massingham, Hugh Possingham

      Previous calls

      Decisions for sDiv Postdoc Call 2013

      Following our latest Postdoc Call, sDiv has received has received 27 proposals for individual postdoc projects (Call A) and 10 proposals for postdocs for already funded sDiv projects (Call B). We received many proposals of very high scientific quality and exciting new ideas. After intense discussions of  the sDiv Board and the given limitations of our budget in 2024, it was decided to support two individual postdocs and two postdocs associated with an already funded sDiv project.

      Congratulations to our new sDiv postdocs - we are very much looking forward to welcome you to our team!

      Funded individual postdoc:

      Anne-Céline Granjon
      Title: "Unraveling the relationship between genetic diversity, the latitudinal gradient in biodiversity, and life-history strategies"
      Involved iDiv Members: Michael Gerth, Chloé Schmidt and Jonathan Chase

      Ana Carolina Antunes
      Title: "AmazonFlux: exploring human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across the Amazon forest"
      Involved iDiv Members: Ulrich Brose, Henrique Pereira, Carsten Meyer,
      Associated member: Talita Ferreira Amado

      Funded postdoc associated to an already funded sDiv project:

      Karl Andraczek
      TItle: "Belowground plant strategies predict ecosystem functioning under climate change"
      Associated with the sDiv working group sUnderfoot
      Involved iDiv Member: Alexandra Weigelt, Helge Bruelheide

      Clara María Arboleda Baena
      TItle: "Comparative Analysis of Microbial Communities in the Global North and South: Exploring the Interplay between Data Availability and Mechanisms of Community Assembly Across Biomes"
      Associated with the sDiv working group sIBTEDS
      Involved iDiv Member: Birgitta König-Ries
      Associated members: Stephanie Jurburg, Christian Ristok

      Decisions for eleventh sDiv Call

      Within the latest call, sDiv has received 15 pre-proposals for early career working groups and 13 pre-proposals for SynFlex projects. 6 applicants for early career working groups as well as 7 applicants for SynFlex projects received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and were invited to hand in a full proposal.

      After intensive discussions of the internal and external reviews of proposals of very high scientific quality, the sDiv Evaluation Board has decided to support 4 early career working groups, 4 SynFlex projects. 1 SynFlex Project has to resubmit is proposal - the decision will be made in August 2023.

      Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv collaborators!

      Funded early career working groups

      ECR11.01 sFutures
      Magda Garbowski, University of Wyoming, USA
      Emma Ladouceur, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany

      ECR11.02 sPectra
      Shan Kothari, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
      Teja Kattenborn, Leipzig University, Germany

      ECR11.03 sConsume
      Fletcher Halliday, University of Zürich, Switzerland
      Suz Everingham, University of Bern, Switzerland
      Mayank Kohli, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

      ECR11.05 sFragment
      Andres Felipe Suarez Castro, Griffith University, Australia


      Funded SynFlex projects

      SF11.01 sTime
      Pincelli Hull, Yale University, USA
      Erin Saupe, University of Oxford, UK
      Marina Rillo, University of Oldenburg, Germany

      SF11.03 sBombus
      Brian Spiesman, Kansas State University, USA
      Tiffany Knight, German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
      Christina Grozinger, Penn State University, USA 

      SF11.04 sSCAT
      Alta De Vos, Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
      Graeme Cumming, James Cook University, Australia

      SF11.05 sARDINE
      Christopher Monk, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
      SynFlex project invited for a resubmission

      ECR11.02 sIBTEDS
      Stephanie Jurburg, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ(Leipzig), Germany
      Silvia Garaycochea, Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agricola (INIA), Uruguay
      Eva Figuerola,University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina

      Decisions for tenth sDiv Call

      Following our 10th Call, sDiv has received 13 pre-proposals for early career working groups and 16 pre-proposals for SynFlex projects. 4 applicants for early career working groups as well as 6 applicants for SynFlex projects received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and were invited to submit a full proposal.

      After intensive discussions of the internal and external reviews of proposals of very high scientific quality, the sDiv Evaluation Board has decided to support 1 early career working groups, 4 SynFlex projects. 1 ECR Project has to resubmit is proposal - the decision will be made mid of November 2022.

      Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv collaborators!

      Funded early career working groups

      sMoste – Motifs supporting STability of Ecosystem services
      main PIs:
      Kate Wootton, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
      Anshuman Swain, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

      Funded SynFlex projects

      sGUBIK – Synthesizing Global Urban Biological Invasion Knowledge (sGUBIK): Patterns, Mechanisms, and Applications
      main PIs:
      Luke Potgieter, University of Toronto Scarborough, Scarborough, Canada
      Daijiang Li, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

      sUnderfoot – Functional diversity of belowground plant strategies in a rapidly changing world
      main PIs:
      Joana Bergmann, Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany
      Alessandra Fidelis, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brasil

      sCaleGrassDiv – Do the mechanisms of land-use effects on grassland plant diversity depend on spatial scales and environmental contexts?
      main PIs:
      Anna Kuzemko, Institute of Botany NAS Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
      Oksana Buzhdygan, Theoretical Ecology Group, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

      sELOdiv – sELOdiv: Synthesising Ecosystem and Land cover Observations and biodiversity change after abandonment and depopulation
      main PIs:
      Gergana Daskalova, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
      Sylvia Dyulgerova, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

      Decisions for ninth sDiv Call

      Following our 9th Call, sDiv has received 32 pre-proposals for individual postdoc positions and 16 pre-proposals for early career working groups. 21 pre-proposals for SynFlexWorld projects have been submitted and 5 for SynFlexMember projects. 9 applicants for individual postdoc positions and 8 for early career working groups as well as 14 applicants for SynFlexWorld and 5 for SynFlexMember projects have received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and have been invited to hand in a full proposal.

      Despite the very challenging work and research situation due to the global Corona crisis, sDiv received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After intense discussions of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Evaluation Board decided to support 3 early career working groups, 3 individual postdoc positions, 3 SynFlexWorld and 2 SynFlexMember projects. Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv postdocs. Please see the detailed list below.


      Funded early career working groups

      sMarsSynthesis of movement across scales: towards a process-based prediction of biodiversity patterns
      main PIs:
      Remo Ryser, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
      Myriam Hirt, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

      sEnigmasSeeing the forest instead of the trees: identifying the common mechanisms behind enigmas of biodiversity
      main PIs:
      Isaac Overcast, Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, France
      Ana C. Afonso Silva, Université de Lille, France

      sPSFSoil microbial controls over plant coexistence: synthesizing data and theory to unravel context dependence of plant-soil feedbacks under global change
      main PIs:
      Gaurav Kandlikar, The Curators of the University of Missouri - Columbia, USA
      Meghna Krishnadas, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India


      Funded individual postdocs projects

      Sreetama Bhadra
      The impact of genome size on traits, adaptability and diversification in angiosperms

      Alexandra Weyrich
      sInSpEc: Inter-species epigenetics

      Daniela Hoss
      Understanding the role of community assembly in BEF experiments by comparing seeding and planting with removal treatments


      Funded SynFlexWorld projects

      sIntESEIntegrating ecosystem services into economic models
      main PIs:
      Alexandra Marques, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
      Aafke Schipper, Radboud University, Netherlands

      main PIs:
      Jerome Mathieu, Sorbonne University, France
      Nico Eisenhauer, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

      sILKSynthesizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge worldviews to develop frameworks for effective operationalization of relational values in environmental governance
      main PIs:
      Austin Himes, Mississippi State University, USA
      Barbara Muraca, University of Oregon, USA


      Funded SynFlexMember projects

      sReStoReSRestoration Synthesis to Reimagine Success
      main PIs:
      Emma Ladouceur, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
      Jonathan Chase, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

      sINTERVALINTERaction Variation along ALtitudinal gradients
      main PIs:
      Tiffany Knight, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

      Decisions for eighth sDiv call

      Following our 8th Call, sDiv has received 26 pre-proposals for individual Postdoc positions and 45 pre-proposals for working group. 11 applicants for individual PostDoc positions and 26 for working groups have received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and have been invited to hand in a full proposal.

      Despite the very challenging work situation during the last months, sDiv received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After intense discussions of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Evaluation Board decided to support 7 working groups including 2 working group postdocs (plus partial funding for 2 more groups), 3 individual postdoc positions and 3 sabbatical fellowships. Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups, future sDiv postdocs and guests. Please see the list below (we present only 100% verified projects at this point).

      Funded working groups projects*

      sPriorityMechanisms and Quantification of Priority Effects
      main PIs:
      Benjamin Delory, Institute of Ecology, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
      Tadashi Fukami,Stanford University, California, USA

      sRedListAccelerating IUCN Red List assessments for rapid and effective biodiversity monitoring
      main PIs:
      Luca Santini, National Research Council (Italy)
      Moreno Di Marco, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

      sTradES Ecosystem services, biodiversity and anthropogenic capital embedded in internationally traded goods
      main PIs:
      C.J.E. (Nynke) Schulp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
      Thomas Kastner, Senckenberg Institute, Frankfurt

      sTreTra – Quantifying temporal change in traits across taxa and the globe
      main PIs:
      Franziska Schrodt, University of Nottingham
      Maria Dornelas, University of St Andrews

      sTraits – Integrating in-situ, upscaled and air- and spaceborne observations of plant traits
      main PIs:
      Philip A. Townsend, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Ryan Pavlick, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

      partial funding
      sMile synthesising plant Metabolomics into biodiversity, Life history & Ecology
      main PIs:
      Tom Walker, ETH Zürich
      Franziska Schrodt, University of Nottingham

      partial funding
      sPrint - Working out the mechanics of predator-prey interactions to predict the present and future of biodiversity in food webs
      main PI:
      Mehdi Cherif, Umeå University

      * Due to budgetary and other uncertainties caused by Corona, we can only announce the potential start of the working group projects in fall, but hope to welcome the new groups soon.


      Funded individual postdocs projects

      Juan D. Carvajal-Quintero
      Assessing the effects of global environmental change on species interaction networks

      Chris Barratt
      Life on the edge: A new bioinformatic toolbox to conserve wildlife populations under threat from global change

      Adriana Alzate Vallejo
      Untangling the macro-ecological and evolutionary drivers of species range sizes and diversification rates

      Funded sabbatical projects

      Cynthia Chang
      Placing ecological succession in applied global change and restoration context
      Host: Stan Harpole

      Erik Hom
      Of Sloths and Franken-Lichens: Elucidating the Biodiversity, Chemical Ecology, and Physiology of Algal Polycultures
      Host: Nicole van Dam

      Michael Kaspari
      Exploring the abiotic theatre and the ecological play: how biogeochemistry temperature, and precipitation shape terrestrial food webs
      Hosts: Ulrich Brose, Stan Harpole, Nico Eisenhauer

      Decisions for Joint Call CESAB - sDiv SYNERGY: Coexistence and stability high-diversity communities

      Decisions on joint CESAB and sDiv Call

      CESAB and sDiv are the synthesis centers of the French FRB (Foundation for Research on Biodiversity) and German iDiv (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research). These two centers offer to host groups of researchers to work on a better use of existing data, information and knowledge to foster theoretical, and synthetic thinking in biodiversity research.

      In the joint call called “synergy”  two theory driven groups of 5-7 researchers (4 meetings per group) were funded, that will share their meetings between the two centers.

      The main topic is “Coexistence and stability in high-diversity communities”.


      Funded working groups:

      UNICOP - Unification of modern Coexistence theory and Price equation
      DUTHIE, A. Bradley, University of Stirling
      LION, Sébastien, Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE) - Montpellier

      INTRACO - Unravelling the role of intraspecific variability in tree specied coexsistence in tropical forest
      VIEILLEDENT Ghislain, UMR AMAP – CIRAD Montpellier
      MARECHAUX Isabelle,UMR AMAP – CIRAD Montpellier

      Decisions for seventh sDiv call

      Following our seventh 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, 1 individual postdoc position and 3 sabbatical positions as followed:

      Funded working groups projects

      sBIOMAPS – Exploring BIOgeographic and MAcroevolutionary Patterns in organismal Stoichiometric diversity
      main PIs: Angelica Gonzalez, Olivier Dézerald

      sCom – Advancing inference for eDNA and other novel, high-throughput community data
      main PIs: Florian Hartig, Douglas Yu

      sCoRRE – Assessing functional consequences of community changes with global change using trait-based and phylogenetic approaches
      main PIs: Meghan Avolio, Kimberly La Pierre

      sDevTrait – streamlining development efforts in tools for ecological trait analyses
      main PIs: Alexander Keller, Markus Ankenbrand

      sToration – Applying Coexistence Theory to Restoration Ecology and Adaptive Management
      main PIs: Lauren Shoemaker, Lauren Hallett and Akasha Faist

      sUCCESS – Pantropical forest succession
      main PIs: Lourens Poorter, Nadja Rüger

      Funded individual postdocs projects

      Roberto Rozzi
      The demise of dwarfs and giants: ecological naiveté and extinction risk in insular vertebrates

      Funded sabbaticals projects

      George Perry (School of Environment, University of Auckland)
      Reconstructing movement and emergent ecological functions for extinct animals

      Lenore Fahrig (Carleton University)
      Dissecting SLOSS: Why are there more species in several small than few large patches?

      Malin Pinsky (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
      Community response to changing temperatures  across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms

      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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