Herzlich Willkommen auf den Seiten unserer Arbeitsgruppe unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger! Hier sind Informationen zu unseren Forschungsschwerpunkten, unserer Lehre, unseren Mitarbeitern, Stellenangeboten und aktuellen Neuigkeiten zusammen gestellt. Frau Tielbörger ist gleichzeitig auch Direktorin des Botanischen Gartens.


Um uns kennen zu lernen bietet es sich an, zu einem unserer regelmäßigen Arbeitsgruppenseminare zu kommen. Diese werden zusammen mit der Gruppe 'Evolutionäre Ökologie der Pflanzen' abgehalten. Hier werden in lockerer Runde die verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten vorgestellt und so ist ein guter Einblick in die verschiedenen Themenfelder möglich.


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Durch die vielen internationalen Mitarbeiter ist bei uns die Kommunikationssprache häufig Englisch. Aus diesem Grund werden auch die weiteren Seiten in englischer Sprache gehalten.


11.01.2018Mark co-authored an article on responses of burrowing mammals to contrasting rangeland management. You can find it at the newly established Namibian Journal of Environment. The paper is a result of Mark's time in Namibia last year. Well done!

08.01.2018The Plant Ecology group wishes all students and colleagues a good start and a successful 2018!
Michal, Dorothee, Maja and Katja have a new article in Nature Communications on 'Decision-making in plants under competion', you can read the article on https://www.nature.<wbr />com/articles/s41467-017-02147-<wbr />2
The recently published article of Mark Bilton is receiving media interest. Congratulations Mark!
Here are some of the outlets that picked up the article: 1, 2, 3

11.12.2017A large delegation of the group is visiting this year's joint confrence of the GFÖ and BES in Ghent, Belgium. Have fun and we wish you many fruitful discussions!

04.12.2017Congratulations to Mark Bilton on his new article on long-term responses of climatic niche groups to experimental warming and drought. The article was published today in New Phytologist.

21.11.2017A very warm welcome to our guest Dr. Anje-Margriet Neutel from the British Antarctic Survey. Anje is a collaborator of Korinna and will be giving a talk on "Making sense of a multitude of feedbacks in ecological communities" within this week's EvE Seminar (Wednesday, 22nd of November). Welcome!

06.11.2017The new experiment within the HEDGE2 project on plant traits responses to common grassland management practices at Heuberger Tor is finally set up. In the last weeks 2880 pots were dug into the heavy soil and sown with 30 common grassland species. Ronja is very thankful for the help of everyone involved and is eagerly awaiting germination of seeds...
17.10.2017A warm welcome to Allan Kandjai from the Namibian University of Science and Technology. Allan is working in the OPTIMASS project and is visiting us for two weeks to work on his masters thesis. Welcome Allan!

16.10.2017We wish all students a good and fresh start for the winter term!

12.10.2017Jan Ruppert co-authored an article in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment on drivers of important ecosystem services in West African savannas.

09.10.2017Jan returned after a very succesful site selection and workshop trip in Namibia held within the NamTip project.

16.08.2017We are currently offering a position for a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Ecology/Ecohydrology. For information about the position and application details, please refer here.

13.07.2017Katja and Cornelia returned from a highly successful series of stakeholder workshops in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel held within the CASCADE project.

03.07.2017We would like to welcome Korinna Allhoff, our new Assistant Professor. Korinna is an expert on modelling ecological networks.  She has a particular interest on (long-term) responses of ecological networks to changing environmental conditions, such as global change or increasing rates of invasive species. Welcome!!

22.06.2017The CASCADE and NamTip consortia have picked up their work on these new projects during their respective Kick-Off meetings in Tübingen and Frankfurt, respectively. We are looking forward to a hopefully succesful pre-phase in both projects!
12.06.2017Welcome to Edwin Mudongo, a PhD student from Botswana. Edwin works on drought and grazing impacts on Savanna rangelands in South Africa and is co-supervised in our group.


More guests arrived: Again a very warm welcome to Dr. Madhur Anand from the University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Anand is a renowed Global Change ecologist and will be spending her sabbatical with us and be around for 3 months.

Also a warm welcome to Thabang Maphanga, a Msc student from the Univeristy of Limpopo, South Africa, who is working on Smart Monitoring of Vegetation and will be staying for 2 months.

01.06.2017A very warm welcome to Dr. Cornelia Claus who has just joined our group! Cornelia will managing the CASCADE project. Welcome!
18.05.2017Michal's and Katja's project on 'Pavlovian conditioning in plants' is featured in the current issue of the Spiegel (20/2017) as well as on Spiegel Plus. Well done!

17.05.2017A large delegation of the group is attending the PopBio 2017, themed "Population Biology in a Changing World", in Halle/Saale this week. Enjoy!

11.05.2017Deeokjoo Son, a plant ecologist from Korea, will be visiting the our group in mid May for several weeks. If you are interested in meeting her, just let us know, or approach her in person.
Welcome Deeokjoo!
11.05.2017Three new students arrived: Maike Domogalla, Julia Fischer and Luzia Tiggemann are joinging the group for their respective theses - A warm welcome!

05.05.2017Jan Ruppert and Katja Tielbörger are part of a recently funded NamTip project within the BioTip call of the BMBF. NamTip investigates ecological tipping points in rangelands of Namibia and can, if successfully evaluated after the 1st year, lead into a longer project. The project is a cooperation of several German and Namibian research institutes.

03.05.2017Katja Tielbörger and a team of around 15 researchers from Germany, Belgium Palestine, Jordan, and Israel receive funding for transdiciplinary research. CASCADE addresses the multilateral relationship between biodiversity, climate change, and society, focusing on unwanted feedbacks in social-ecological systems (SES). If we are successfully evaluated after a one pre-year, we may be granted a larger project running for longer - Cross fingers!

02.05.17Liesbeth vd Brink is off to Chile again. Safe journey!
Liesbeth is performing her PhD within the EarthShape project, studying biotic and abiotic controls of vegetation along Chile's climate gradient.

07.04.17Ruichang Zhang successfully defended his PhD on intraspecific facilitation - Congratulations!

06.04.17Maxi Herberich just got the first article from her PhD accepted in Ecological Modelling. Congratulations! Maxi works on an individual-based plant traits model.

31.01.17New course: Botanik 2 (Flora und Vegetation Südwestdeutschlands)
15.12.16New topics for Bachelor and Master thesis online! Find them here!
We are currently offering a PhD position (65% TV-L E13) within the HEDGE project. For information about the position and application details, please refer here.
Now Angela Gürtel works with us as our new Secretary. A warm welcome!
We are currently offering a Lecturer / Assistant Professor position (100% TV-L E13) in our group. For information about the position and application details, please refer here.
11.10.16Jan Ruppert co-authored an article on effects of rangeland management on vegetation performance and condition in two South African biomes.


Jun Shi successfully defended his PhD - CONGRATULATIONS!
Jun will stay with us for a bit longer, but we already now would like to wish him the best for his future career!


Mark Bilton has just published an article in Advances in Ecological Research on climate change induced shifts in vegetation patterns across various ecosystems.

05.09.16We are currently offering a 75% TV-L E6 position for our secretary and group administration ("Verwaltungsangestellte"). For information about the position and application details, please refer here.
Katja Tielbörger successful in new BMBF-BioTip call with the project CASCADE - we received funding for a transdiciplinary group composed of approx. 15 researchers from Germany, Belgium Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. If we are successfully evaluated after one year, we may be granted a large project running for longer. Cross fingers!
20.07.16Mark Bilton got his new DFG-project approved and will be investigating the role of very complex traits for plant response to drought and grazing. Congratulations! We will be collaborating closely with Bettina Engelbrecht's group at Bayreuth University.

19.07.16Jan Ruppert and Katja Tielbörger are part of a newly granted project within the BioTip call of the BMBF. The project NamTip will investigate tipping points in rangelands of Namibia and can, if successfully evaluated, lead into a longer project. The project is coordinated by Anja Linstädter from the University of Cologne.

18.07.16 Proud to announce that Jan Ruppert is giving a keynote lecture at the 10th International Rangeland Congress in Saskatoon, Canada. Taking place between July 16-22, Jan will give a presentation to this large meeting entitled: "Climate Change in Global Rangelands: A Dryland Ecologist's Perspective on Trends in Forage Quantity and Quality"

27.05.16We are currently offering two technician positions in our group. Please check the details in the posting. Closing date: 25.06.2016 or until the positions have been filled.

The Integrated Water Resources Management book has been published and is now available here. It is packed with several contributions from the group:


Tielbörger K, Claus C, Schloz D, Twite R, Al-Karablieh E, Salman A, Jayyousi A, Alpert P 2016: Sustainable Water and Land Management under Global Change – The GLOWA Jordan River Project. Pp 721-747.


Onigkeit J, Simon K-H, Alcamo J, Tielbörger K 2016: Participatory scenario development as a method to integrate science and IWRM – lessons learnt from a case study in the Jordan River region. Pp 269-301.


Bonzi C, Onigkeit J, Hoff H, Joyce B, Tielbörger K 2016: Analysing stakeholder driven scenarios with a transboundary water planning tool for IWRM in the Jordan River basin. Pp 413-433.


All in: Borchardt D et al. (eds.): Integrated Water Resources Management: Concept, Research and Implementation. Springer (Berlin-Heidelberg).

09.05.16We congratulate Maximilane Herberich (2nd prize student posters) and Anubhav Mohiley (2nd prize students presentation) for their excellent performance at this year's PopBio Conference. WELL DONE!


Seven delegates from the group are visiting this year's PopBio Conference in Třeboň, Czech Republic, presenting the diverse research in plant ecology from our group.

17.03.16We are looking for Bachelor and Master students to start our project: Can plants learn? Pavlovian conditioning without a brain. Please contact Michal Gruntman!
03.03.16Liesbeth van den Brink is currently in Olmué, Chile, attending the kick off meeting for the DFG priority programme "EarthShape". Liesbeth is a PhD student in our department, investigating climate change impacts in Chile.

Mark. C. Bilton has just published his article in PPEES, showing how the use of Climatic Niche Groups can reveal strong patterns explaining species composition shifts in relation to climate change. CONGRATULATIONS !


A warm welcome to Jan Ruppert who has joined our department as an Assistant Professor. He is a plant ecologist with a strong interest in dryland ecosystems (including South Africa), climate change and grazing impacts. WELCOME !!


Michal Gruntman and Anubhav Mohiley are in Mainz attending the 4th Annual Meeting of the DFG priority programme "Adaptomics" 1529. Presenting work related to heavy metal hyperaccumulation in Brassicaceae.


CONGRATULATIONS New VW foundation grant approved - Michal Gruntman and Katja Tielbörger have received a grant for their innovative project "Pavlovian Plants". A fascinating project which will investigate if plants can be conditioned to react to certain responses. The project has received widespread media and online attention.



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