Humans are currently responsible for the sixth worldwide mass extinction of biodiversity, threatening human wellbeing and life on earth in general. In facing these challenges, it is critical we have a firm understanding of nature.
In the field of ecology and evolution, there are multiple questions that still need answering such as what drives the dynamics of complex systems, how plants organize ecosystems, how natural functions are distributed (both taxonomically and spatially) and what determines the seemingly ubiquitous patterns of diversity within and between taxonomic levels.
Our activities have been summarized in four overarching focus areas which are studied at our research unit. Each focus area is connected yet has their own distinct lines of research and education. Together, they will provide fundamental advances in our understanding and knowledge of plant diversity as well as their practical application.
Biodiversity in pattern and process
How can we best quantitatively describe and analyse ecosystem dynamics?
Natural functions and services
How are natural goods and services distributed across space and time?
Organisation of Biological Diversity
How is plant diversity organised and how to best preserve it?
Education of Natural History
How to convey our understanding using educational programs?