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October 10th, 2016: Teaching Award 2016 awarded to Prof. Martin Wilmking

Prof. Martin Wilmking was rewarded with the University of Greifswalds' Teaching Award 2016 for his highly succesfull e-learning teaching formats. The prize was awarded during the festive opening of the academic year in the St. Nikolai Cathedral on October 10, 2016. The award is endowed with 2,000 euros to be invested in teaching.

March 15th, 2016: Scholarship for Rohan Shetti

The International Office at Greifswald University supports Rohan Shetti from May to October 2016 in the frame of the Scholarship Program STIBET of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Rohan is writing his thesis in our working group with the preliminary title: "Potential of Juniperus communis as a climate proxy in the Ural Mountains, Russia".

January 01st, 2016: New colleague

After concluding the LENC Master program in Greifswald, Roberto Cruz Garca received a 3 year scholarship extension for doctoral studies. Roberto holds a DAAD-Conacyt (Mexican National Council for Science and Technology) scholarship, which will support him during his Ph.D. studies. He will work with the topic of long and short term effect of climate change on growth rates of European temperate forest tree species.

Oktober 2015: IALE-D Graduate Award goes to Martin Hallinger

We are happy to announce that Dr. Martin Hallinger was awarded the IALE-D Graduate Award for an excellent dissertation in the field of Landscape Ecology at the recent IALE-D Conference that took place in Bonn from 20th-23rd of October. Martin has been part of our working group Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics at the Institute of Botanic and Landscape Ecology at the University of Greifswald. In her laudation, Prof. Uta Steinhardt emphasized the extensive scope of Martins work with seven scientific publications included into his dissertation and its pioneer character by applying dendrochronological techniques, traditionally applied on trees, on shrubs. Additionally, the beautiful layout was found convincing and supporting the content. In the following, Martin was able to give an overview of his dissertation work in a presentation titled in analogy to his dissertation: Shrubs in space and time: Alpine and Arctic Shrub Dendroecology − Factors influencing shrub growth and population dynamics.

The dissatation was financed among others by: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, EU 7th framework Programme CarboNorth, DAAD, The International Arctic Science Committee, Association for Tree-Ring Research, Association for Polar Early Career Scientists, Interact und ATANS.

Martins work can be accessed here: http://ub-ed.ub.uni-greifswald.de/opus/volltexte/2014/1771/

The conference webpage of IALE-D can be accessed here: http://www.iale.de/veranstaltungen/jahrestagung-2015.html

July 2015: Article published in "Nature Climate Change"

Our working group and especially the lab DendroGreif took part in a circumpolar study on climate sensitivity of shrub growth across the tundra biome. Under the leadership of Dr. Isla Myers-Smith, an international team of researchers could show that shrubs are most sensitive to climate at the transition from tall to low shrub tundra, in areas with enough soil moisture and that climate sensitivity declined with distance to the range edge of each species. Our results should help to better parametrize Earth System Models to improve future projections on the impact of climate change in arctic tundra ecosystems.

university press release (in german)
Nature Climate Change article
Interview (www.klimaretter.info) (in german)

Salix shrubs in Norwegian alpine tundra in front of the Hardangerjkulen icecap. Image by Allan Buras

Dwarf birch samples from the Swedish tundra beyond the Polar Circle are prepared in the field for lab analyses. Image by Martin Hallinger

May 20, 2015: garbage and waste collection in Eldena

Employees and students of DendroGreif collected garbage and waste along a forest road entering the nature area Eldena near Greifswald. Since the start of an intensive monitoring in the area in 2013, we observed an accumulation of garbage next to the forest road and in the forest. With this cleaning campaign we hope to stimulate all to keep the environment clean for a better and secured future!

May 2015: Award for best master thesis

On May 8th 2015 the faculty of forest sciences of the Georg-August-University Gttingen celebrated the farewell of the past years alumni. During the ceremony Mario Trouillier was awarded a price of the Bernhard-Ulrich-Foundation for the best master thesis. His results showed why population viability measures often only weakly correlate and thus he contributed a better assessment of populations and species viability. These results will also be helpful for Mario's new project: the tree-line dynamics in Alaska.

April 29th, 2015: Ph.D. Colloquim

Tobias Scharnweber's topic of his Ph.D. was "Dendroecology of Beech & Oak. Past growth and future development how climate, site conditions and strong environmental shifts influence growth performance of Fagus sylvatica (L.) and Quercus robur (L.) in northern Central-Europe". On April 29th he successfully defended his doctoral thesis. Congratulations!

April 2015: Cover story of University Magazin

ICLEA, the Virtual Institute for Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis is the cover story of the new University Magazin Campus 1456. In ICLEA, we work together with colleagues from the geography department, the GFZ Potsdam, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Polish Academy of Sciences Torun.
Here you can find the online version of the cover story.

April 2015: new colleague

Mario Trouillier has recently started his Ph.D. program in our working group. His main topic is the adaptation potential of Picea glauca (White spruce) to climate change in Alaska. He is one of 12 new Ph.D. students within the framework of the DFG Research Training Group RESPONSE "Responses to novel and changing environments". Welcome!

January 2015: InterStudies project at the University of Greifswald promote two proposals within the study programme Landscape Ecology

Two proposals to innovate teaching within the study programme Landscape Ecology got granted by the interStudies project at the University of Greifswald. These proposals deal with the concept of "Upside down lectures" and the development of alternative examination forms for landscape ecological studies.

For more information contact Martin Wilmking, or visit the following website (in German):

October 24th, 2014: mowing operation near the Ryck

Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Michael Manthey have mown, together with 13 enthusiastic 3. Semester students of the study program Landscape Ecology, a stripe of a moist abandoned meadow along the river Ryck near Wackerow. The litter was removed. The goal of this small project is to see how the biodiversity and species composition will change over time. Thereby, a comparison will be made between a stripe that is mown every year, and an adjacent stripe where no nutrients are removed.

October 2014: Young academics selected for mentoring program

Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Jelena Lange have successfully applied for the next turn of Greifswald Universitys mentoring program for female postdocs resp. PhD students. The program aims at supporting young women at the beginning of their scientific or business career for a time period of two years resp. 15 months. The one-to-one mentoring relation will be complemented by special trainings and networking events.

The initative is part of a joint project (KarriereWegeMentoring) and is supported by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as the European Social Fund.

More information (in German): www.uni-greifswald.de/foerdern/karrierewegementoring.html

September 2014: Third phase of DAAD program INTENSE has started!

As of September 2014, the INTENSE program is again financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Sciences. Students of the study program BSc Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation International have the possibility to receive a DAAD mobility grant for the Bachelor Plus year abroad. This will be possible at least until winter term 2015/16. At present (winter term 2014/15) seven students are studying abroad via INTENSE.

Website: http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/intense.html

Detailed information about the study year abroad can be found in the INTENSE-Guideline (in German): http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/3646.html

August, 27th 2014: Poster prize for Ernst van der Maaten

Ernst van der Maaten won a poster prize for his study "Species distribution models can predict temporal but not spatial variation in forest growth". The prize was awarded at the COST Strategic Event "A scientific roadmap for projections of global change impacts on forests" (Sarajevo, 27-28 August). In cooperation with scientists from the University of Alberta (Canada) and Wageningen University and Research Centre (the Netherlands), Ernst developed SDMs for major tree species in Europe, and validated the realism and relevance of these models against a large-scale tree-ring network.

May 01st, 2014: new colleague

We welcome Jelena Lange as a new PhD student in our group. For the next three years, she will be working on the DFG-funded research project "New potential of old proxies: Using wood anatomy to unravel the complex interplay of tree growth and climate in boreal forests.

August 2014: Field work in Finland

Jelena Lange, Roberto Cruz Garcia and Martin WIlmking worked one week in northern Finland. Together with Risto Jalkanen from the national Finish forest research institute METLA they took samples for wood anatomy, wood density profiles and annual ring width to search for answers regarding the question of a circumpolar divergence effect between tree growth and climate drivers.

April, 28th 2014: Publication in Global Change Biology

Our Working Group Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics has recently contributed data from Finland and Russia to a new global study on methane emissions, published in the internationally renowned journal Global Change Biology. This study was now highlithed on Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140428121353.htm).

March 31st, 2014: Interview in NDR Nordmagazin

Prof. Martin Wilmking gave an interview for NDR and spoke about "climate change in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" on 31st of March in NDR Nordmagazin.
It can be seen in NDR-Mediathek

March 29, 2014: Tree planting campaign Ein Baum fr meine Uni

On March 29,  a major tree-planting campaign of the fundraising project Ein Baum fr meine Uni (A tree for my University) took place in the arboretum of the University of Greifswald. In total, 13 standard fruit trees were planted of various old varieties. The local newspaper Ostsee Zeitung reported on the tree-planting campaign on March 31.

March 2014: visiting researchers at the dendrolab

The dendroecological laboratory DendroGreif welcomes various international visiting researchers in spring 2014.

Dr. Andrea Hevia, research associate at the CETEMAS-Forest and Wood Technology Centre in Asturias (Spain), will study elemental compositions in tree rings of different species using the high-resolution X-ray fluorescence ITRAX multiscanner. More specifically, she will investigate whether elemental abundances differ over time in different stem heights and expositions. The work will contribute to a uniform measurement protocol for future dendrochemical studies. Andrea visits DendroGreif from March till June.

Dr. Ryszard J. Kaczka, researcher at the University of Silesia (Poland), performs measurement on the ITRAX multiscanner as well. The objective of his study is to investigate how the recently proposed blue reflectance proxy for wood density compares to X-ray based wood density measurements. In these analyses, Ryszard focuses on various coniferous tree species.

The Portuguese scholar Adriana Silva is visiting DendroGreif in the course of a research project focusing on late frost sensitivity and recovery of European beech in Bavaria. In the project, which is done in cooperation with Bayreuth University (PD Dr. Jrgen Kreyling), Adriana combines remote sensing techniques with tree-ring analyses.

Finally, we welcome Dr. Marina Gurskaya from the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology in Yekaterinburg (Russia), who visits our institute on a regular basis. Marina will work in the dendrolab and will support the preparation of field campaigns in Russia (Era-Net Treeline Project).

Dr. Andrea Hevia

Dr. Ryszard J. Kaczka

Adriana Silva

March 2014: new DFG-Project

The German Science Council (DFG) funded a new project under the titel "New potential of old proxies: Using wood anatomy to unravel the complex interplay of tree growth and climate in boreal forests".

The project states the question, why certain tree species in Alaska and northern Siberia show reduced growth with recent warming trends, using a multi-proxy approach (tree-ring width, density, wood anatomy).


November 20th, 2013: Ph.D. Colloquim

Martin Hallinger's topic of his Ph.D. was "Shrubs in Time and Space - Alpine and Arctic Shrubdendroecology". On November 20th he successfully defended his doctoral thesis. Congratulations!

November 4th, 2013: Article in local newspaper about donation campaign "A tree for my university"

The recently started donation campaign "A tree for my university" of our working group is subject of an article in the local newspaper "Ostseezeitung". In the article Almuth Klemenz talks about the campaign's aim and current status. After two weeks almost 50 people have donated more than 200 . The campaign is still ongoing and donations are welcome anytime!

Link to the donation campaign: www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/spendenaktion.html?&L=1


October 14th, 2013: Ph.D. Colloquium

Allan Buras successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Assessing the carbon sequestration potential of Populus euphratica and Haloxylon spec. in Central Asian Desert ecosystems". Congratulations!

October 12th, 2013: Donation campaign "A tree for my university" has started

On October 12th the comprehensive donation campaign "A tree for my university" has started. Students, staff, alumni and external people can become godparents for trees which will be planted on university property. The campaign is scientifically attended by the "CO2-neutral university" project (accounting the CO2-fixation of the planted trees to compensate the university's emissions) and coordinated by Almuth Klemenz, research associate of our working group.

We are glad about the successful start of the campaign! Almost 40 donors, more than half of them students, already participated in the donation campaign. We wish the willingness to donate money will last also during the next weeks and months!

Link to the donation campaign:  http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/spendenaktion.html?&L=1

The project flyer can be downloaded here

August 24th, 2013: Contribution to the 5th Climate-Actionday

The 5th Climate-Actionday was organized this year together with the 10th district festival of the "Fleischervorstadt". The team of the "CO2-neutral university" project represented the university as partner of the climate protection alliance Greifswald 2020 with an information desk and furthermore organized two experimental lectures for children.

August 2013: Article in "Junge Akademie" magazine

The working group "Sustainability" of the "Junge Akademie" which was founded by Prof. Martin Wilmking published a collective article in the academy's magazine. Four members of the working group depict their perspectives on the question: "Does the idea of sustainability fail?" In his statement, Martin Wilmking focuses on the sustainability discourse at universities and recommends the institutional implementation of sustainability in research, teaching and university's operation. Looking on their own energy and matter fluxes and including these aspects in research and teaching, the universities could become excellent examples for sustainability on-site. Martin Wilmking would like the universities to take more action regarding sustainability aspects and that they - as happened so often in history - understand this debate as a chance to position themselves as a role model of a societal change. 

You can find the complete article here (available in German only).

August 2013: We have moved!

Our working group has moved out of the "Old Villa" in the Botanical Garden in Mnterstr. 2. From now on you can find us right around the corner in Soldmannstr. 15. Welcome!

July 17th, 2013: Article in local newspaper about Max von Maltzahn`s diploma thesis

Max von Maltzahn`s diploma thesis was subject of an article in the local newspaper "Ostseezeitung". Max has recently defended his thesis about the question, if Greifswald University could become an operator of wind power plants. According to his results the university could earn at least 85.000 per year through operating one wind power plant. For that purpose an investment of about half a million would be needed. To reach CO2-neutrality, the operation of two wind power plants would be necessary, states Max von Maltzahn.

July 2013: duz-Article about climate protection at universities

The "Unabhngige Deutsche Universittszeitung duz" (Independent German University`s Newspaper) provides detailed information about the "CO2-neutral University" project at Greifswald University in an article about climate protection at universities . The article quotes extracts from interviews with Dr. Monique Wlk, coordinator of the "CO2-neutral University" project, and the environmental manager of Leuphana University Lneburg, Irmhild Brggen. Both universities aim to reach carbon neutrality within the next few years - Leuphana University wants to reduce emissions by building a new energy-plus main lecture hall, whereas Greifswald is particulary counting on university`s property that holds the potential of CO2-neutrality.

June 2013: Award at international photo contest "Visions and Images of Fascination"

The picture titled "Translucent Tree" by Martin Hallinger, doctoral student in our working group, was awarded at the international and interdisciplinary photo contest "Visions and Images of Fascination: Humanities and Sciences Visualised". The contest was organized by the German "Junge Akademie" in cooperation with five other international young academies. More than 500 pictures were submitted.

Martin Hallinger about his picture: "Thin-sections of tree or shrub wood reveal morphological structures like cell size and the borders of annual rings: The information obtained by measuring these characteristics can supply a large array of information about morphological and anatomical processes, wood formation and climatic influences on shrub or tree growth. For me, a picture like this shows the immense beauty of structures normally hidden from the human eye; sometimes resembling the colourful glass windows of churches."

Website of the picture contest: http://www.imagesoffascination.net/

Publication in the magazine of "Junge Akademie": http://www.diejungeakademie.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Media/JA_Magazin_16_RZ_01_Ansicht.pdf

"Translucent Tree", awarded picture by Martin Hallinger

June 5th, 2013: Environmental Action Day

On June 5th 2013, the United Nation`s World Environmental Day, Greifswald University hosts its first Environmental Action Day, organized by the team of the "CO2-neutral University" project and the AG Umweltmanagement.

You can find the program of the action day here. Please check our galery where we compiled a selection of fotos.

A report of webmoritz you can find here (available only in German).

May/June 2013: Personnel Matters

Since 1st of May our team has enlarged by two reseach associates: Dr. Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Dr. Ernst van der Maaten. Both of them received their doctor's degree at Freiburg University and will concentrate their work on the research focus "Forest Ecology".

On July 1st Dr. Jeong-Wook Seo will leave our working group. He accepted a permanent position as a research associate in the Department of Forest Products, Division of Wood Engineering at the Korean Forest Research Institute in Seoul (South Korea). We would like to wish him and his family all the best for the future!

April 9th, 2013: International Climate Protection Fellows of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visiting Greifswald University

All International Climate Protection Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the year 2012/13 stopped for a short visit at Greifswald University on their way from Vilm island to Berlin. The program in Greifswald included talks from Prof. Martin Wilmking and M.Sc. Erica Udas, Humboldt Fellow at Greifswald University, and a guided tour through the university's Aula and "Karzer", the historical detention room.

March 14th-15th, 2013: "Journey through a trunk" - Children`s and Youth University Greifswald 2013

Our working group participated in the Children's and Youth University Greifswald 2013 by offering the "Journey through a trunk" - a mixture of outdoor lecture, interactive games and mysteries about trees and their functions. Although we still had ice and snow, we were lucky to have so much sunshine keeping us warm on our adventurous voyage.

February, 14th-16th 2013: Reed worldwide relevant- international conference "Reed as a Renewable Resource"

With the international conference for the utilization of wetland plants the Greifswald landscape ecology and peatland group attracted attention of 160 experts from all over the world. Many participants found the atmosphere of the event called "Reed as a Renewable Resource" enthusiastic. The conference gathered the multiple aspects of using wetlands plants and brought together politicians and scientists from all over the world- from the baltic to Bangladesh, from Canada to China.

The "reed-pioniers" now want to improve their networking and express their interest towards policy, administration, agriculture but industry as well. Positive side effects of rewetting wetlands and utilization of wetland plants shall become public. For rewetting and sustainable use of peatlands on the one hand an adaption of the legal and administrative framework is necessary and on the other hand an acceptance of biomass from wetlands as a kind of agricultural use.

For more information visit: www.rrr2013.de

January 28th, 2013: Article in local newspaper about the results of Benedikt Gerigk`s diploma thesis

The results of Benedikt Gerigk's diploma thesis Vegetationsformen, Wasserstufen und vertikale Kohlenstoffflsse: Anwendung des GEST-Modells auf die Grnlandflchen der Universitt Greifswald" (Vegetation forms, water levels and vertical carbon fluxes: Application of the GEST model on the grasslands of Greifswald university) are subject of an article in the local newspaper. Benedikt Gerigk's calculations imply that the 800 ha university grasslands emit a yearly amount of 7000 t CO2 which is almost the amount of CO2 that the university is emitting every year due to operation. These data add another important piece for the CO2-neutral University project and will be considered when thinking of compensation strategies.

January 24th, 2013: Exhibition of Energie nachhaltig nutzen in the public library of Greifswald

The exhibit Energie nachhaltig nutzen Ein Simulationsspiel ber den nachhaltigen Umgang von Energie in Greifswald (Using energy in a sustainable way A simulation game about the sustainable use of energy in Greifswald), which was developed at the chair of Landscape Ecology (see also May 30, 2012) will be shown in the public library of Greifswald from February 1 until March 31.

Stadtbibliothek Hans Fallada
Knopfstrae 18-20
17489 Greifswald

Mo, Di, Fr 10.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Do 10.00 - 20.00 Uhr
Sa 10.00 - 13.00 Uhr
Mi geschlossen

www.energie-nachhaltig-nutzen.de / www.stadtbibliothek.greifswald.de

January 12th/13th, 2013: Green Engagement of German universities and at Greifswald University article in FAZ

More and more universities are dealing with questions of sustainability as well as environment and resource protection. The article presents some examples for this development from different universities, also mentioning the project Carbon Neutral University Greifswald. With their dedication to environment related issues universities have found a strategy to bid for future students.

article: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/beruf-chance/campus/nachhaltigkeit-an-hochschulen-deutschlands-unis-ergruenen-12021158.html

December 5th, 2012: Interview with Prof. Martin Wilmking in the E-Paper Ideen fr eine nachhaltige Hochschule von morgen

An interview with Prof. Martin Wilmking about the CO2-neutral University Greifswald was published in the E-Paper Ideen fr eine nachhaltige Hochschule von morgen. Besides questions about the motivation and the realization of the project also critical questions are asked.

Complete interview (available only in German)

December 4th, 2012: Speed limit 130 km/h for university cars article in local newspaper

Martin Wilmking next to a university car, in the front: a sticker saying We dont drive faster than 130 km/h in regard of the environment. This picture illustrates an article about the recently released voluntary commitment of university staff to not drive faster than 130 km/h when using vehicles from the universitys fleet. For Monique Wlk and Martin Wilmking this is another small step on the way to the realization of the CO2-neutral University project.

November 27th, 2012: DrendroGreif publication

The dendroGreif members Allan Buras, Martin Hallinger and Martin Wilmking have discovered a relationship between the summer ablation (i.e. melting) of the Hardangerjkulen icecap and the growth of neighbouring salix-shrubs in Southern Norway. Based on these findings it may become possible - if sufficiently old shrubs are found - to reconstruct the summer ablation of glaciers since the Little Ice Age, and this in areas where the so far applied method (tree growth instead of shrub growth as proxy for the ablation) was not applicable (Arctic and above the treeline environments, where trees are abscent). Their findings were published the 27th of November 2012 in Environmental Research Letters.

Press release of IOP publishing: http://ioppublishing.org/newsDetails/shrubs-lend-an-insight-into-a-glaciers-past

Press release of environmentalresearchweb: http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/51628

link to article download: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/4/044031

November 26th, 2012: Article in local newspaper about Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellow Erica Udas

The local newspaper interviewed Erica Udas, Monique Wlk and Martin Wilmking about Ericas scientific research in the frame of the CO2-neutral University project. Erica aims to model different growth scenarios of the university forest under different management practices. After one year she will return to Nepal where she hopes to also apply the model. In that way, both countries have a benefit: Greifswald University is glad to profit by the scientific skills of the forest scientist Erica Udas whereas Nepal will have benefit from the output of the model.

November 8th, 2012: International Climate Protection Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Greifswald University

Erica Udas started her International Climate Protection Fellowship granted by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the beginning of October this year. Her research project at Greifswald University mainly focuses on identifying best forest management practices to enhance the carbon sequestration potential in the University owned forests. This research is a part of the Carbon Neutral University Project. She will be simulating the carbon balances of "business as usual" and "project scenarios" using a suitable forest growth model (e.g. CO2fix). The parameters like the additionality of the project, the potentiality of leakage effects and permanence will be also analysed for the project sustainability.


Press release of the university (German only): http://idw-online.de/pages/de/news505837


Further information
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/start.html

International Climate Protection Fellowship http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/icf-fellows-2012-2013.html

October 3rd, 2012: Contribution to Climate-Actionday

The working group contributed to the 4th Climate-Actionday of the Klimaschutzbndnis Greifswald 2020 (Climate-Protection-Alliance of Greifswald 2020). Almuth Klemenz (member of the working group LEED) and Ines Kaulitz (staff of the Department of Building and Technics) represented the university as a partner within the alliance. Visitors could inform themselves about the climate- and environmental-protection activities of the university and the city of Greifswald. Besides a poster exhibition where the project CO2-neutral University and the AG Umweltmanagement were presented, the simulation game Energie nachhaltig nutzen (Using energy in a sustainable way) could be played and ones personal carbon footprint could be calculated. Some of the universitys lately purchased staffbikes could be tested by the visitors. But also the offers from other members of the alliance like a free repair of ones bike lights and brakes were frequently used and altogether made the day a whole success.

 Further information: http://klimaschutz-greifswald.blogspot.de/


September 13th, 2012: Paludiculture in radio broadcast Deutschlandradio"

Under the headline "New utilization of wetlands" Prof. Dr. Michael Manthey gave an interview within the programme " Forschung Aktuell" (Current research) of the German Radio Broadcast presenting the Research project "Vorpommern Initiative Paludiculture" (VIP):


The same project was presented on August 28th by the project coordinator Christian Schrder within the radio broadcast detector.fm in the programme "Green Radio":



September 6th, 2012: Article in Jahrbuch kologie

Lena Partzsch, Almuth Klemenz and Martin Wilmking wrote an article about the CO2-neutral University Greifswald, which was recently published in Jahrbuch kologie. This years edition of the book deals mainly with turns turns regarding the use of energy, food production, transportation, economy and science. Even though energy is the only topic with an active and controversial discussion going on right now, also the other turns do have a high value in the heads and hearts of people.

Further information:
  /  http://www.jahrbuch-oekologie.de/jahrbuecher.htm





July 31st, 2012: Article in local newspaper about the simulation-game "Energie nachhaltig nutzen"

The exhibit Energie nachhaltig nutzen, see also note on May 30, 2012, is subject of an article in the local newspaper Ostsee-Zeitung. In this report Prof. Martin Wilmking tells some background information about the development of the simulation game, explains the structure and reveals some details about the game content. As examples for an university and a city Greifswald University and the city of Greifswald are used in the game. The player can via touch screen implement several measures on e.g. the universitys library or main building to save energy and reduce emissions. Reducing CO2-emissions of Greifswald University to zero is actually the aim of the currently in reality running project CO2-neutral University, declares Martin Wilmking.

Play the simulation game online: www.energie-nachhaltig-nutzen.de

Further information about MS Wissenschaft (in german): www.ms-wissenschaft.de

July 26th, 2012

The online Magazin Yale Environment 360 reports about water deficiency in the Tarim River basin, China, and the adaptation to climate change, which are investigated by the Institute for Botany and Landscape Ecology as a part of the BMBF Project SuMaRiO: Melting Glaciers May Worsen Northwest China's Water Woes

June 2012: European Vegetation Survey

During the European Vegetation Survey workshop in Vienna Florian Jansen has been elected into the Governing Board of the European Vegetation Archive (EVA).

EVA aims to facilitate the international cooperation in vegetation science through a common data portal.

See also: http://www.GIVD.info

May 30, 2012: Inauguration of the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft exhibit of working group on board

The Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan inaugurated on May 30 the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft in Berlin. On board the vessel is an exhibit of the working group Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics about sustainable energy use. More than 100.000 people are expected to visit the exhibition in over 30 cities which the vessel will stop at.

Further information: press kit with tour dates   /   http://www.ms-wissenschaft.de/   /   http://www.zukunftsprojekt-erde.de/

Photos: Michael Kuphal

May, 9th - 12th, 2012

TRACE 2012 Conference (Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology) took place in Potsdam. We attended with 8 people, one talk and 7 posters.

April, 22th -27th 2012: Research in Germany at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Martin Wilmking presented the research of his DFG Emmy Noether Research Group at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. The event was held in Vienna from April 22-27, 2012 under the topic "Research in Germany":


March 2012:

Video "Does temperature explain enhanced shrub growth in the circumpolar Arctic?" by Isla Myers-Smith and the Shrub Hub Research Group among which Prof. Martin Wilmking and Martin Hallinger are founding members and the most important data contributors.


March 29th and 30th, 2012: "Journey through a trunk" - Children`s and Youth University Greifswald 2012

We will offer an adventurous program for elementary school children at this year's Children's and Youth University Greifswald.
time: Thursday, March 29th: 9-10 am, 10-11 am and 11-12 am
place: Inner courtyard Domtrasse / Rubenowstrasse

March 2012: Martin Hallinger made a short video about his research

For the Internationale Polar Year Conference in April in Montreal, Ph.D.-student Martin Hallinger made a short 58 sec video presentation about his research on shrubs.


Februar 2012: 2nd interact grant received: access to (sub-) arctic fieldstations

We are happy and grateful to have received our second INTERACT grant, enabling the access to (sub-) arctic fieldstations. The title of our project is Recent influence of climate on shrub growth around the Northeast-Atlantic Part II: Assessing the Influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation (ATINAO). This time our fieldwork will lead us to Northern Norway and to the Scottish Highlands. Once again, the Nordic summers and lots of exciting shrubs and trees are awaiting us.


February 2012: "Gateway to the Scandinavian Alpine"

Field work of the Working group in Finse, Norway, in a short article:

January 2012: Article in Environmental Research Web

Environmental Research Web published a news article on a recent paper with co-authorship of Ph.D. student Martin Hallinger and Prof. Martin Wilmking: "Shrub expansion in tundra ecosystems: dynamics, impacts and research priorities": environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/48241

November 21, 2011: OZ article in the Greifswald local news about the "CO2 neutral University" project

On tuesday, 15/11/2011, several experts discussed the "CO2 neutral University" project at a panel discussion. This event was part of the panel discussion series "Sustainable university" which took place during the "Greif mit ein! Greifswalder Aktionstage fr Klimaschutz und nachhaltige Entwicklung", 14.-19.11.2011 (translated: Take action! Greifswald's days of action for climate protection and sustainable development"). People on the panel:  Andr Dreien (Director of Stadtwerke Greifswald), Florian Geyder (student's delegate, UniSolar AG Greifswald), Kerstin Krusche (Head of Environmental Managemnt, HNEE), Waldemar Okon (Head of planning department, University Greifswald), Dr. Thorsten Permien (Ministry of the Environment Mecklenburg Vorpommern) and Prof. Martin Wilmking (Head of Landscape Ecology, Universitt Greifswald).

Further information (in german)

October 28, 2011: OZ article about CO2 neutral University

A detailed article about the "CO2 neutral University" project by Prof. Martin Wilmking and his working group was published on October 28 by the Ostsee-Zeitung. By reducing CO2 emissions and compensating the remaining emissions with an innovative mix of different measures, Greifswald University could be CO2 neutral in 2016. "We would probably be the first university in the world reaching this goal", says Martin Wilmking.

Link to the article: http://www.ostsee-zeitung.de/greifswald/index_artikel_komplett.phtml?param=news&id=3274489

October 2011: Article in New Phytologist Virtual Special Issue

The article Establishing a missing link: warm summers and winter snow cover promote shrub expansion into alpine tundra in Scandinavia by Martin Hallinger, Michael Manthey and Martin Wilmking was published in the latest issue of New Phytologist Virtual Special Issue (VSI) Sir Arthur Tansleys ecosystem concept.


October 2011: Book release



Dierk Michaelis: Die Sphagnum-Arten der Welt.
In: H.W. Lack, P. Leins & S. Porembski (Hrsg.):
Bibliotheca Botanica Volume 16: 408 pages;
Schweizerbart Science Publishers
, Stuttgart 2011.
ISBN 978-3-510-48031-9, hardcover, price: 149,00 , in german




October 12, 2011: Ph.D. Colloquium

Yongxiang Zhang (title Recent influence of climate and environment on coniferous growth at treelines of the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau divergent growth trends question traditional dendroclimatology?) and Michal Gazovic (title Inter- and intra-annual variations of carbon fluxes in boreal peatlands) successfully defended their Ph.D. theses. Congratulations to both!

September 26, 2011: LENC graduate saves rain forest

Our Indian LENC graduate and scholarship holder of Stemmler-Stiftung, Mr. Balachandra Hegde, achieved by his master thesis ("Zooming in and zooming out in landscapes: Applying landscape ecology Greifswald approach for conservation in Western Ghats, India") protection of a 410 km large rain forest area in India. More information about this pleasing success can be found here http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/fileadmin/laoek/pdf/News/2011_137_Westghats_Indien_Hegde.pdf (in german)

September 12, 2011: Article in "Ostsee-Zeitung" about the CABNET project

Rescue for the large-scale arid environments of central Asia new project of the Universitys landscape ecologists with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan coordinated by Succow Foundation

Under this title the "Ostsee-Zeitung" introduces on its university-page in the Greifswald local news section the CABNET-project (Central Asian Biodiversity Network), with Prof. Michael Manthey being the supervisor. The project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Collaboration, is coordinated by the Succow Foundation, known to be an active player for years in Central Asian landscapes. Besides Greifswald Universitys landscape ecologists, two Kazakh universities as well as one Turkmen Institute are involved in the project. The aim of the CABNET-project is to establish a network for investigation and protection of biological diversity in Central Asian arid environments (buildup of university partnerships).

More information about CABNET are found on the project pages of the working group:  http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/fileadmin/laoek/pdf/projects/CABNET-1-2.pdf

August 2011: Point of view to "Mission statement of sustainable development"

The magazine "Forschung und Lehre" published a point of view by Prof. Martin Wilmking in its issue of August:

"We are in the middle of the UN decade 'Education for sustainable development' with the goal to 'implement the mission statement of a sustainable development in all areas of education'. This means also at the universities. This request makes sense. In note of the increasing scarcity of resources and raising world population it is obvious that business as usual cannot be forever the guiding principle, that new ways and new mission statements are needed to face the societal, ecological, economical and also the political challenges."

Further information: www.forschung-und-lehre.de/wordpress/Archiv/2011/ful_08-2011.pdf

August 2011: DFG approves the proposal "New statistical operations for amplitude optimized palaeo-climate reconstructions"

DFG approves funding to Prof. Wilmking in collaboration with Prof. Kutzbach (Clisap, Hamburg University), Dr. Zorita and Prof. von Storch (GKSS). The project is titled "New statistical operations for amplitude optimized palaeo climate reconstructions of temporally high resolution noisy proxy data". The project is coordinated by Hamburg University (Prof. Kutzbach) and is supposed to run three years.

According to several current publications up to now many palaeo climate reconstructions underestimate the amplitudes of long-wave fluctuations of the past temperature development.  One reason for this systematic error is probably the insufficient consideration of the errors noise, which biases the proxy-climate indicator data as well as the instrumentally measured climate data for calibration. Recently, an iterative operation for amplitude optimized reconstruction of noisy time series was presented by Thees et al. (2009) which is based on errors in the variable-models and a new introduced estimator of the amplitudes constancy of modeled time series. The here proposed project has the following aims which build up on each other: (1.) The Thees operation will be tested with the help of an ensemble of pseudo climate proxy data for its robustness. (2.) The Thees operation will be tested for practical interest by applying it to a 1500 year old regional palaeo temperature reconstruction for Northern Sweden. (3.) The reviewed and optimized Thees operation will be used to generate amplitude optimized palaeo temperature reconstructions for three further climate regions of the Northern hemisphere.

August 2011: DFG approves a Research Grant to Dr. Maxim Dorodnikov, project title "Stable Carbon composition of Methane in Eurasian Peatlands"

Dr. Maxim Dorodnikov raised funds at DFG for a project running 30 months, funding volume about 250.000 . Funding includes a position for himself. The research project builds up on the DFG funded Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "Eurasian Peatlands in a Changing Climate" by Prof. Wilmking. Congratulations Maxim!

June 2011: Virtual Institute for Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses funded

The "Helmholtz Gemeinschaft" has established 12 new virtual institutes. One of them is ICLEA (Virtual Institute for Climate and Landscape Evolution Analyses). Our working group Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics is one out of four partners of the virtual institute. In the following five years we - together with GFZ Potsdam, which holds the central coordination, the Polish Academy of sciences (Torun) and the BTU Cottbus will try to reconstruct climate history of the Northern German-Polish lowland with high spatial and temporal resolution. In Greifswald we will be responsible for the dencroecological / dendrochronological analyses. Total grant volume is 4.5 million . We are looking forward to new possibilities and challenges!

Further information:


June 19, 2011: New steering committee of "Die Junge Akademie"

Prof. Martin Wilmking has been eleceted new speaker of "Die Junge Akademie" at the "Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften" and the "Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften - Leopoldina". For further information please visit http://idw-online.de/de/news429194

June 17, 2011: 3sat science magazin "nano" (TV show) reports about "generation future"

Research without expedition is unimaginably - Martin Wilmking changes established doctrines

Under this headline the 3sat science magazin "nano" (TV show) portraits Prof.  Martin Wilmking as a protagonist of the new generation of scientists. The magazine introduces in its series "generation future" young scientists who achieved "remarkable results in their research and are considered bearer of hope in their research discipline."
The show is available at www.3sat.de/page/

June 16, 2011: webmoritz.de reports

Under the headline "Senatssitzung: Uni will bis 2016 CO2-neutral werden" Daniel Voessing explains on webmoritz.de the concept of a CO2 neutral University which was presented by Prof. Martin Wilmking at the senate`s meeting on June 15.

Link to the article: http://webmoritz.de/2011/06/16/senatsitzung-uni-will-bis-2015-co2-neutral-werden/

May 2, 2011: Ph.D. Colloquium

Julia Schneider successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis "Dynamik der CO2-Flsse borealer Moore". Congratulations!

February 28, 2011

Dr. Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras accepted an offer of a professorship (Junior Professorship "Ecology and Environmental Education") at the Stiftung Universitt Hildesheim, starting in the winter term 2011/12. Congratulations! She will still be associated with our working group as a guest researcher.


February 18, 2011: Ph.D. Colloquium

Inke Forbrich successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis "Methane exchange of a boreal peatland Integrated measurements and modeling on microform and ecosystem scale at the Salmisuo mire complex, Eastern Finland". Congratulations!

January 22, 2011: BEN presentation in "Salon Sophie Charlotte", Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

On January 22, Dr. Jasmin Mantilla Contreras and Dr. Niels Thevs, Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, Greifswald University, complemented by Prof. Stefan Zerbe, Bozen University, and Peter Annighfer, Gttingen University, presented their Junior Research Groups from the BEN-Supporting-Program of the German Stiftungszentrum in "Salon Sophie Charlotte", hosted by Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. During the talks sponsors and sponsored people have the possibility to exchange information about their projects. 

BEN is short for Biodiversity Ecology Nature Conservation. Dr. Jasmin Mantilla Contreras leads since 2008 the Junior Research Group "Biodiversity, ecology and management of coastal habitats of the Baltic Sea". Dr. Niels Thevs is leading since 2009 the Junior Research Group "Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change and Sustainable Land Use in Central Asia (Turkmenistan and Xinjiang, China)". The Junior Research Groups consisting of an interdisciplinary team of one Postdoctoral scientist and two Ph.D. students work together on one research project. The Junior Research Groups of the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology of Greifswald University are funded by "Bauer Hollmann" Foundation and "Rudolf und Helene Glaser" Foundation in the German Foundation Center.

January 7, 2011: Event notification

North of the Arctic Circle Beyond 66 starts at Greifswald University

Northern lights, wolves, snow and ice, rapid rivers, colorful tundra, blue glaciers, grizzly bears, chilly waters, dense forests, high alpine valleys, amazing landscapes, resistant plants and (almost) tireless scientists. We are talking about Beyond 66 a lecture series with impressions from different landscapes and regions north of 66 latitude. Staff members of the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology of Greifswald University were allowed to get to know them as scientifics, but also on a personal level. Now they talk about their adventures.

"Mekkas der Moderne" won award in "Scientific book of the year" contest

The judging panel of "bild der wissenschaft" announces in its current issue the winning candidates. "Mekkas der Moderne" with two articles by Prof. M. Wilmking was awarded 2nd place in the category "Surprise the book which describes a topic in the most inventive way". First prize was given to Arthur Bremers "Die Welt in 100 Jahren". Third place won "Hast du Tne warum wir alle musikalisch sind" by Christoph Drsser.

Furthermore, Mekkas der Moderne was shortlisted as the "Scientific book of the year" in Austria. In the name of the Austrian ministry of science, the judging panel selected the best books of the year. The readers will now decide who will win the Publics Choice Award.

The judging panel writes about the internet-game, from which the book was developed: "Who now feels the desire for new places or wants to state doubts and objections can now find the appropriate place for that, which is also the place where the book has its origin www.mekkasdermoderne.de."

You are warmly welcomed to vote at www.wissenschaftsbuch.at

November 22, 2010: Article in "Ostsee-Zeitung"

Climate change: Look for the beeches

In an article by Axel Bssem, project coordinator Prof. Stephan Glatzel (Rostock University) presents first results of the research project  "Forest Adaptation and Restoration in NE Germany" The project is funded by the Excellence Initiative Mecklenburg Vorpommern and our working group is a partner.