Department Head: 

Prof. Dr. Alexandra-Maria Klein
phone:+49 (0)761 203-67770



Mrs. Ilona Winkler
phone:+49 (0)761 203-3635
fax:+49 (0)761 203-3638


Chair of Nature Conservation
& Landscape Ecology
University of Freiburg
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D-79106 Freiburg



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Research at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology

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The research of the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem functions mediated by macroorganisms e.g. pollination, herbivory, seed dispersal, seed predation and parasitism like the natural control of pest insects.

We aim to understand the effects of global environmental changes and uncertainties (climate and land-use changes) on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

How biodiversity of plants or animals influences food web structures and ecosystem functions and how these changes influence human wellbeing, are important questions in our research.

We conduct experiments in the laboratory, greenhouses or common gardens, in microcosms and also in different large scale landscapes around the globe. Besides the observations of insects, birds and small mammals including the description of their communities, we use GIS-based landscape surveying and mapping and chemical analysis of resources used by different insects as common methods. 

Key aspects in the field of nature conservation include the development of transdisciplinary and holistic concepts. We integrate stakeholders from nature conservation, industry and society to understand the different views of stakeholder groups to formulate our scientific goals of our projects. The project development, analysis and evaluations include close collaborations with disciplines in human sciences.


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