Ecology and Biodiversity

Understanding and predicting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a changing world. The Ecology & Biodiversity Group investigates the mechanisms that regulate biodiversity and allow for the maintenance of ecosystem functioning in our changing world. We seek to obtain process-based, mechanistic understanding of community assembly, species interactions and functional responses in order to predict the future impacts of climate and land-use changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration, water safety and disease suppression. We pay special attention to the movement of organisms and above- and belowground species interactions, from the 'micro' to the landscape scale.

News

Roads in the Amazon
5 March 2015
Scientists call attention in Current Biology to 9 issues that must be considered to limit the environmental impacts of the ongoing expansion of infrastructure
Eeuwenoude woudreuzen leggen steeds vaker het loodje
6 December 2012
Dramatic decline of big old trees worldwide
3 December 2012
Scientists should react much more quickly to acute environmental threats
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Events

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8 July 2015 09:00 -
Seminar during which the Academy of Ecosystem Services will be launched
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Plant Ecology and Biodiversity