Ecosystems in Transition (EST)

Ecosystems in Transition (EST)
Tapajós National Forest, Brazil (c) Kirsten Thonicke

About the working group

We investigate the stability and the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems under climate and land use change. We aim to advance our process understanding of how forest stability and plant co-existence emerges from functional diversity, and which role play natural disturbances and climate extremes.

Key research objectives

Our research focuses on the following three aspects

As each of these research topics shows strong implications on the others, we are aiming for a high level of integration.