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  • Research meeting in Rückersbach.
    We spent three inspirational days in Rückersbach with our wonderful guests Nicolas Loeuille, Emanuel Fronhofer and Carlos Melian.
    We really enjoyed the feedback of all of you. Thank you for coming!
    Talks and discussions shaped the working hours. Walks and delicious food the breaks.
    The next meeting will be in 2019.

  • Ph.D. meeting in Darmstadt.
    The first meeting in 2018 took place in Darmstadt. The Ph.D. students gave short update talks as openers for discussions of the current status of the projects.
    The next Ph.D. meeting will take place in Oldenburg in August.

  • Congratulations Philipp!
    Philipp Gramlich has successfully defended his dissertation on "Generalized modeling on discrete patch systems".

  • The second research meeting in 2017 took place at Waldschlösschen near Göttingen.
    This time the meeting was impacted by three special guests:
    Sonia Kefi and Virginia Dominguez from BioDICée Lab in Montpellier and Korinna Allhoff, former member of the research unit, now located in Tübingen.
    Besides interesting scientific talks and discussions of further reasearch and collaboration, networking and experience exchange of the female researchers was on the schedule.
    Thanks to our guests for the inspiring time we had!
    The next meeting will be in March 2018 and feature again exciting guests, so stay tuned.
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  • The research unit met for a short 2 days workshop in Rückersbach, near Aschaffenburg. Each research group gave a talk about the current status of the projects. Besides productive work, we had delicious food and relaxing walks. The next research unit meeting will be in the well-known Waldschlösschen in September. Special guests will be Sonia Kefi and Korinna Allhoff.

  • First meeting of the PhD students in 2017. Besides interesting talks from old and new members of the research unit, there was a lot of discussion. One highlight was a guide through the iDiv labs. It was refreshing to see a different aspect of ecology, but most research unit students admitted that they are happier working in front of a computer.

  • The second research unit meeting in 2016 takes place in "Waldschlösschen" near Göttingen. The workshop started with a "scientific speed dating", to bring new and old members of the reseach unit into discussions. A talk from our special guest Juliano Sarmento Cabral complemented the first day. The following days were used for productive discusisons and finding future collaborations.

  • The junior researchers gathered in Darmstadt for a three day workshop. The programme consisted of short talks, project portraits and lots of discussions. Besides work there was enough time to socialize and try local ice cream specials. The next junior researcher meeting will take place in Leipzig in the beginning of 2017.

  • Welcome to Johanna a new PhD student from Leipzig!

  • Research Unit Workshop - The research group meets in Rückersbach near Aschaffenburg for a three-day workshop. A "scientific speed dating" opens the workshop and leads to further discussions on recent results and  projects.
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  • Sebastian Plitzko has successfully defended his PhD thesis, congratulations! More information can be found here:
    Abstract. The dynamical behavior and stability of ecosystems, respectively the in this work discussed subgroup food webs, are typically influenced by effects, which can sustainably change those. To gain a better understanding of the reaction of the whole system, this work investigates the dependance on species diversity and the stability of the population in regard to for instance willingness to migrate, total number of species and hunting behavior...

  • The junior researchers meet for the first time in 2016 for a three-day workshop in Darmstadt.

  •   Research Unit Workshop - The research unit comes together to speak about current research and how to combine our different approaches to similar topics. External guests are invited and provide valuable insights.
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  • Daniel Ritterskamp has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations! More information can be found at
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    Abstract. Ecologists have long been interested in ecological communities. The interactions within such a community, summarised by food webs, is thereby of high complexity. The scope of this thesis is to understand the emergence of these complex food networks. To describe the assembly of these ...

  • Review meeting for the renewal proposal - We had a very intense day with presentations and discussions. At the end we got the good news: the Research Unit will be extended for another three years!

  • Researcher Meeting in Darmstadt - The junior researchers discuss ideas for three days but still find time to appreciate the local cuisine.
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  • - Research Unit Workshop -  The research unit meets again in the beautiful "Waldschlösschen" in Göttingen to discuss the latest insights to networks on networks.
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  • Florian Schwarzmüller has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations!

  • Korinna Allhoff has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations!

  • Researcher Meeting in Göttingen  - The junior researchers meet again in Göttingen for another three day session of idea exchange and mutual support.

  • Research Unit Workshop - The third workshop in Göttingen lasts five days long and includes external guests again.

  • Researcher Meeting in Spiekeroog - A three day 'underling' meeting on the beautiful island of Spiekeroog. 
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  • Research Unit Workshop  - The second workshop meeting is held in the 'Waldschlösschen' in Göttingen for two days.
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  • Researcher Meeting in Darmstadt  -  The junior researchers ('underlings') assemble in Darmstadt for a three day meeting.

  • Research Unit Workshop -  Our first big week-long workshop with external guests starts today at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld.
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  • Researcher Meeting in Göttingen - The groups junior researchers have a 3-day meeting at the University of Göttingen. They call it the 'Underling Meeting'.

    12/06/2013 PhD Meeting - Another meeting of the researchers on the PhD level.  
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  • Plenary Meeting- Our first plenary meeting takes place in Göttingen.