Ecology and Biodiversity
Research in the Ecology & Biodiversity Group focuses on the development, maintenance and functioning of biodiversity, as determined by ecological processes and interactions with atmosphere, water and soil. We aim to unravel, identify and quantify the ecological mechanisms by which plant diversity is regulated and by which diversity contributes to ecosystem functioning . We apply a mechanistic approach in our studies, using a combination of experiments, (long-term) field monitoring and modeling. In our group we unite research conducted at different ecological levels (plant, population, ecosystem, landscape) and at different spatial (local to continental) and temporal (growing season to centuries) scales. We apply the results of our studies to assess impacts of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and provide guidelines for ecosystem management and restoration and species conservation.