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Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

Michael Scherer-Lorenzen is working as Professor at the University of Freiburg, Faculty of Biology, Chair of Geobotany. He is project coordinator of FunDivEUROPE. In his current research projects he aims to mechanistically understand the biotic control of ecological processes and how global change drivers - such as climate change, land use change, nitrogen deposition, or invasive species - are interacting with this control at various temporal and spatial scales. Within this field he focuses on the functional role of biodiversity for biogeochemical cycles. In addition to this process-orientated basic research, he considers applied aspects by quantifying the relationship between ecosystem functioning and the delivery of ecological goods and services. Some of his research projects and facilities are:

FunDivEUROPE (The Functional significance of forest bioDiversity in EUROPE), EU Framework Programme VII. Coordinator

smallFOREST (Biodiversity and ecosystem services of small forest fragments in European landscapes), BiodivERsA, EU Framework Programme VII.

AlpFUTUR (The effect of management intensity and natural variability on ecosystem services in alpine pastures)

BACCARA (Biodiversity And Climate Change, A Risk Analysis). EU Framework Programme VII. "Effects of forest biodiversity on ecosystem

BEF CHINA (DFG-Reseacrh Unit "Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in China"): The functional significance of forest diversity: N-pools, fluxes and N-uptake complementarity. Decomposition and nutrient cycling.


Biodiversity Exploratories Biodiversity controls of climate change effects on biogeochemical processes

IMEXCLIME (IMpacts of EXtreme CLIMatic Events on ecosystem functioning in alpine grasslands)</p>

BIOTREE (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes of Experimental Tree Stands)

The Jena Experiment (DFG-Research Unit "The role of biodiversity for element cycling and trophic interactions“)

FUN_DIV (Functional significance of tree diversity for nutrient dynamics in a tropical plantation) within The Sardinilla Project BIODEPTH (Biodiversity and Ecological Processes in Terrestrial Herbaceous Ecosystems)


University Freiburg, Faculty of Biology, Chair of Geobotany


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