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Decoding the structural and functional basis of biodiversity

The current global transformation of ecosystems is triggering a planetary biodiversity crisis and massive extinctions. The loss of biodiversity worldwide presents substantial risks for our human life-support system, since it has serious impacts on water quality and availability, food production, and human health, among many others. However, the scientific foundation for understanding the structure, function and vulnerability of biodiversity is still insufficient.

The main objective of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB) is to provide the required knowledge to tackle the fundamental, global challenge of rapid biodiversity change. To achieve its goal, BBIB crosses traditional academic boundaries through integrating competences in ecological, evolutionary, social, and political sciences available in the Berlin region. BBIB is designed as a flexible institution of four universities and five non-university institutes of the Leibniz Association.

News

New citizen science project launched: The graveyard vases experiment

Camille Musseau (BIBS project) and her colleagues started a new citizen science project aiming to understand the effect of urbanization on freshwater macro-invertebrates colonization of small artificial freshwater systems: www.urbanjungleponds.org.

New book published by BBIB scientists

Jonathan Jeschke (FU/IGB) and Tina Heger (UP) use the hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach – developed by them – to uncover the level of empirical evidence for twelve major hypotheses in invasion ecology.

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Events

Repeated evolution of camouflage in desert rodents

Speaker: PhD Zbyszek Boratynski (University of Porto, Portugal)
Evolution and Ecology Seminar, FU
 

The role of soil nutrient availability and stoichiometric ratios in the growth and activity of diverse soil microbial communities

Speaker: Dr. Tessa Camenzind (FU Berlin/ BBIB, Germany)
Biodiversity Research/ Systematic Botany Seminar, UP
 

Human behaviour in common pool resource systems: an evolutionary dynamics approach

Speaker: Prof. Agostino Merico (Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany)
IZW Seminar
 

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