sDiv calls for working groups, postdocs and sabbaticals will be announced one to two times a year. The synthesis projects foster integrative and synthetic research collaborations among international scientists, iDiv core and member groups by analysing and synthesising existing knowledge, data, theories and hypotheses to produce new insights. If you are interested in contributing to one of our working groups, feel free to contact the sDiv coordinator Dr Marten Winter.
Seventh sDiv Call for Working Groups, Individual Postdocs and Sabbaticals is now OPEN !
Please find below all information on the application process. Most importantly, we only accept proposals submitted via the iDiv application portal. Registration is required for being able to create your application. It is possible to safe and change data at any time during the application process until the final submission. Please contact sDiv for any assistance!
- This call is for working groups, individual postdocs and sabbaticals that would begin September 2019 or later.
- All topics and questions related to synthesizing biodiversity research are welcome.
- Each proposal needs at least one iDiv member as participant or PI/Co-PI. sDiv encourages all candidates to be pro-active in communicating with suitable project partners (assistance of the sDiv coordinator Marten Winter if needed).
- Full proposal deadline is 13 March 2019 (14:00/2:00 PM CET).
- NEW: Submit pre-proposal before 06 December 2018 (14:00/2:00 PM CET).
To submit a pre-proposal, complete the application form in the iDiv application portal. No further files need to be uploaded. The form includes:
- Information about the PI(s) and Co-PI(s), if applicable
- A brief description (3000 characters max.) of the aims, scope and scientific objectives of the planned project, its approach (methods, used data etc.), and its synthesis aspect
- only applicable for working group projects: a preliminary list of participants
Submit the final proposal using the proposal templates below via the iDiv application portal (as a PDF file).
Please thoroughly read all sDiv call documents!
General information material
Proposal description and template for working group projects
- sDiv Call Description for Working Groups (PDF)
- sDiv Working Group Proposal Template (WORD)
- Working group budget tool (EXCEL)
Proposal description and template for individual postdoc projects
Proposal description and template for sabbatical projects
iDiv data management policy
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
Funded individual postdocs projects
Microbial community assembly: establishing general ecological principles responsible for turnover in microbial communities
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
sUrBioCity - Deciphering Drivers of Urban Biodiversity across Multiple Scales
main PI: Christopher Swan
Funded individual postdocs
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
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
sAPROPOS - Analysis of PROjections of POpulationS
main PI: Roberto Salguero-Gomez
Funded individual postdocs
Duarte S. Viana
Spatial scaling in the assembly and diversity of biological communities
From plots to landscapes – Towards a mechanistic understanding of land-use effects on biodiversity across spatial scales
Funded sabbatical project
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:
"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)
"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.
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
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
Niche, neutrality and the maintenance of biotic diversity in a changing world