Research in the Ecology & Biodiversity Group focuses on the development, maintenance and functioning of biodiversity, in relation to ecological processes and interaction with atmosphere, water and soil. We aim to unravel, identify and quantify the ecological mechanisms by which plant biodiversity is regulated. We apply a mechanistic approach in our studies, using a combination of experiments, (long-term) field monitoring and modeling and we unite research conducted at different levels (plant, population, ecosystem, landscape) and at different spatial (local to continental) and temporal (growing season to centuries) scales. We apply the results of our studies to assess impacts of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
The chair groups Plant Ecology and Biodiversity, Plant systematics, plant ecology and landscape ecology all merged (in two mergers) into one group 'Ecology and Biodiversity'
(Other departments may refer to researchers and projects as well.)