Research Department Ecology and Ecosystem Management

Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann

Chair of Restoration Ecology
Emil-Ramann-Str 6
85354 Freising

Phone +49.8161.71.3498
Fax +49.8161.71.4143
Email jkollmann[at]

The mission of the Research Department Ecology and Ecosystem Management is to address current environmental challenges by close collaboration between stakeholders and scientific experts. The research focus is on fundamental factors controlling ecosystem processes, biodiversity dynamics, climate change, air pollution and the human environment in terrestrial and aquatic systems.

The groups within the research department combine basic research in ecology with applied aspects of landscape planning and sustainable management of natural resources. Projects are done in a diversity of ecosystems, including forests, freshwater systems, wetlands, grasslands, arable land and urban habitats within the temperate, subtropical and tropical zones. There are close interactions among the research groups including a number of successful collaborative projects.

The research department combines expertise in abiotic factors, studied by soil science, geomorphology and climatology, with investigations of biotic patterns and processes covering all major taxonomic groups. The research department is one of the most influential groups of environmental research in Germany with a problem-solving impact and a high level of international visibility.


  • DFG PAK 823-825 (2013–2016) Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Monitoring and Research in South Ecuador []
  • DFG KROOF (2013–2016) Interaktionen zwischen Buche und Fichte in Abhängigkeit von Trockenheit []
  • DFG SPP 1374 (2008–2017) Exploratories for Large-scale and Long-term Functional Biodiversity Research []
  • DLR (2012–2017) Helmholtz Gemeinschaft Allianz ‚Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics‘ []
  • EU FP7: GREEN SURGE (2013–2017) Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy []
  • BMEL/BMUB (2014–2017) Waldproduktivität-Kohlenstoffspeicherung-Klimawandel[]
  • StMUV München (2014–2017) Ausbau und Internationalisierung des Virtuellen Alpenobservatorium []
  • StMUV München (2014–2017) Bayerische Landschaften im Klimawandel – Kohlenstoff- und Stickstoffmobilität in Landschaften im Umbruch auf Basis kolluvialer und alluvialer Prozesse []
  • DFG FOR 1451 (2010–2018) Exploring Mechanisms underlying the Relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning [link]
  • BMBF GeoArchives SPACES (2013–2018) Signals of Climate and Landscape Change preserved in Southern African Geoarchives[]
  • BMBF Koordinationsprojekt Bonares (2015–2018) BonaRes – Centre for Soil Research []