Current Research Projects

  • Adaptation of large-scale priority setting and planning in nature conservation to global change
    On the basis of different indicators, different priority-setting schemes for practical application in nature conservation will be developed, which consider not only global change but also its direct consequences. These indices ...more
    Lisa Freudenberger

  • Impacts of climate change on unutilized mires in the federal state of Brandenburg – Vulnerability analysis and setting priority for an proactive management
    Mires are vulnerable to changes of their water supply, and it is widely accepted that climate change will have an increasing effect on mire hydrology. However the future condition and habitat qualities of mires depends on several parameters ...more
    Ron Meier-Uhlherr

  • Mires subject to Climate Change: Adaptive Potential of Brandenburgian Glacial Relicts
    The ombrotrophic mires of Northern and Central Germany are inhabited by several putatively glacial relict plant populations, which grow closely to the southern margin of their species´ ranges. According to the “Rear-edge-hypothesis” ...more
    Christian Schwarzer

  • Evaluation of ecosystem services of selected ecosystem types in North-East Germany and a risk assessment of their functionality under the aspect of climate change
    After developing an approach to evaluate ecosystem services in general - on a regional scale, the valuation method will be applied to describe the development of selected ecosystem types and their ecosystem services ...more
    Claudia Schröder

  • Static conservation area concepts under climate change: consequences and options for future management

    Mungla Sieck

  • Genetic monitoring of amphibians: development of dynamic conservation concepts based on population structure in time and space
    The purpose of my thesis is to investigate the population structure of the endangered fire-bellied toad Bombina bombina in Brandenburg (Germany) to improve population based management. With molecular markersystems ...more
    Nicola Dolgener

  • Adaptation of nature conservation strategies to global change using the example of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine
    Both as landscape elements as well as part of the social and institutional system protected areas are influenced by global and regional changes. It is therefore necessary to integrate those changes into conservation planning and management building adaptive capacity. Changes relevant for ...more
    Juliane Geyer

  • Analysis of the efficiency and effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services for water management and carbon sequestration
    The instrument of PES shall be analysed in view of the different protection targets. The case studies deals with different ecosystem services and with different institutional backgrounds. Existing or planned PES mechanisms ...more
    Jörg Eberts



Further involved projects and programmes at the University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde:

International Master Study Program Global Change Management:
The mission of Global Change Management (M.Sc.) is to educate specialists who are able to cope with challenges of natural resource management under global change developing goal-oriented and science-informed solutions. Considering Global Change Management as a new cross-sectoral challenge we strive for an adaptive, proactive and precautionary approach to natural resource management.

Research project Adaptation of governmental nature conservation management to climate change:
The project Adaptation of governmental nature conservation management to climate change (2009 - 2010, optionally until 2014) aims at analysing the vulnerability of protected areas against climate change and developing options for the adaptation of their management. The project forms part of the joint research project Innovation Network for Climate Change Adaptation in Brandenburg and Berlin (INKA BB).

Further involved projects and programmes at Potsdam University:

Multidisciplinary Master and Diploma Programme Evolution Across Scales:
The principal goal of the Evolution across Scales MSc programme is to provide students with a higher-level research and teaching environment focused on Evolutionary Biology, Geosciences and other disciplines in the Natural Sciences. The keystone of this programme is the integration of knowledge from the subcellular molecular level across the organismic and ecosystem level to the entire geo– and biosphere.

Graduate Initiative on Ecological Modelling (UPGradE):
UPGradE is an interdisciplinary research and education programme. It deals with different ecological and evolutionary aspects of the response of populations, species, and communities to the global environmental change. UPGradE supports four PhD projects with scholarships. The projects combine recent developments in theoretical ecology as well as process-based and statistical ecological modelling.