Today, the topping-out wreath was raised on the shell of the new joint biodiversity building of IGB and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). Attended and celebrated by about 70 guests on the Dahlem research campus. Of course, everyone was proud of the new building and looking forward to the closer collaboration between IGB and FUB.
The populations of all reptile species and almost all amphibian species have declined over the past 120 years. Amphibians are particularly sensitive indicators of the state of our ecosystems. One of the Red List species experts is IGB researcher Matthias Stöck.
In the latest IGB Policy Brief on the occasion of the 2021 federal elections, scientists recommend that politicians take urgent measures to combat the massive decline in freshwater biodiversity and thus safeguard important ecosystem services.
July and August brought heavy rain and flooding in some places. More than enough precipitation to make up for the recent dry years, one might think. But it is not that simple! IGB researchers show that groundwater levels and soil moisture remain below normal.
Recent study with Robert Arlinghaus shows that the replenishment potential of many fish stocks is overestimated. This increases the risk of overfishing. Especially the largest fish should be protected to a greater degree than is presently the case.