(Dept. 2) Ecosystem research
In department 2, we investigate the effects of the trophic level, hydromorphology and climate on lake and river ecosystems, as well as their stability and long-term development. We study interactions between biotic ecosystem components (microorganisms, plankton, macrophytes, macroinvertebrates and parasites) and their physical and chemical environment as well as the key processes of physical limnology, primary production, evolution, and carbon flux. We employ techniques used in molecular biology and genomics, laboratory and field research; we exploit long-term databases and apply statistical and deterministic models. Our research, integrated into global research on the effects of climate change and biodiversity, provides the basis for developing theoretical concepts.