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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences

Professorship of Ecological Services (PES) – Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner

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To map the physical quantities and the socio-economic value of ecosystem services is an important input into landscape planning on regional to national scales. In this research we explore the use of ecohydrological models and remote sensing in order to investigate the delivery of services. This is linked to the spatial distribution of the demand for ecosystem services to assess their socio-economic value. Based on this our goal is to develop spatially explicit models based on agent based models and to apply them in case studies in Germany and South Korea.


2020-2024: Rhizosphere traits enhancing crop resolience to drought in modern cropping systems (Rhizotraits) – RhizoHistory (WP6) financed by BMBF funding scheme: "Soil as a Sustainable Resource for the Bioeconomy – BonaRes" as part of the National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030

2018-2023: Effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes and strategies for management of climate change (LandKlif) – Modeling and valuation of ecosystem services under climate change (WP9). BayKlif Programm, finanziert durch das Bayerische Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst

2018-2023: Influence of multiple stressors on watercourses in climate change (AquaKlif) – Climate Change in Bavaria: Water Quality and Sustainable Agriculture (WP6). BayKlif Programm, finanziert durch das Bayerische Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst

2013-2015: Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification (LIBERATION), financed by the European Union >> more information

2010-2013: Vulnerability of hydrological ecosystem services - Integrative analysis under changes of climate and socio-economy with an emphasis on adaptation (HydroServ), financed by Swiss National Foundation SNF >> more information 

2011-2013: Accounting of Ecosystem Services and Policy Recommendations, TEEB project by Ifuplan Munich, ETH Zurich and University of Bayreuth,  financed by BfN >> more information

2010-2014: Remote sensing for ecosystem services, financed by UBT 

2009-2013: Complex Terrain and Ecological Heterogeneity (TERRECO): Evaluating ecosystem services in production versus water yield and water quality in mountainous landscapes, financed by DFG >> more information 

2008-2011: Sustainable land-use practices in mountain regions: Integrative analysis of ecosystem dynamics under global change, socio-economic impacts and policy implications (MOUNTLAND), financed by CCES-ETH Zurich >> more information 

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