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.

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Europese wolf in Polen
20 May 2019
As wolves re-establish themselves in the Netherlands, researchers put forward recommendations for protecting wolves and preventing them from attacking livestock
6 February 2019
This Monday, 4 February, a new paper about the responding of plant traits on environment changes is released at Nature.com.
12 August 2018
Utrecht University Biologists awarded by the International Society for Microbial Ecology

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Departement biologie
28 June 2019 14:00 - 17:30
Yearly Symposium and BBQ of the Department of Biology. The theme of 2019: ‘Biodiversity, conservation and restoration’.
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