Mission statement

Our goal is to understand the processes that drive biodiversity patterns and their spatio-temporal dynamics across scales, the assembly of ecological communities, the factors that determine the value of landscapes for ecosystem service provision

By observing and predicting the long-term effects of global change and of socio-economic activities (including climate and landuse change, landscape fragmentation and habitat loss, biological invasions) on biodiversity patterns, we want to provide the knowledge basis for sound conservation management and ecological restoration.

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Vinogradova Y., Pergl J., Essl F., Hejda M., van Kleunen M. & Pyšek P. (2020): Correction to Invasive alien plants of Russia: insights from regional inventories (Biological Invasions, (2018), 20, 8, (1931-1943), 10.1007/s10530-018-1686-3)
22: 1219https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02162-y
Liedtke R., Barros A., Essl F., Lembrechts J. J., Wedegärtner R. E., Pauchard A. & Dullinger S. (2020): Hiking trails as conduits for the spread of non-native species in mountain areas
Biological Invasions 22: 1121–1134 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02165-9
Pachschwöll C., Marschner R., Barta T. & Essl F. (2020): (382) Anemone blanda: Gilli C., Pachschwöll C. & Niklfeld H. (Eds.): Floristische Neufunde (376–429)
Neilreichia 11: 173 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4016771
Marschner R., Barta T., Essl F., Pachschwöll C. & Pachschwöll T. (2020): (413) Muscari armeniacum: Gilli C., Pachschwöll C. & Niklfeld H. (Eds.): Floristische Neufunde (376–429)
Neilreichia 11: 203-204 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4016771
Kropik M., Zechmeister H. G. & Fuxjäger C. (2020): The fate of bryophyte sporophytes—phenology and vectors of buxbaumia viridis in the Kalkalpen National Park, Austria
Plants 9 (10): 1-10 https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9101320
Dengler J., Matthews T. J., Steinbauer M. J., Wolfrum S., Boch S., Chiarucci A., Conradi T., Dembicz I., Marcenò C., García-Mijangos I., Nowak A., Storch D., Ulrich W., Campos J. A., Cancellieri L., Carboni M., Ciaschetti G., De Frenne P., Dolezal J., Dolnik C., Essl F., Fantinato E., Filibeck G., Grytnes J. A., Guarino R., Güler B., Janišová M., Klichowska E., Kozub Ł., Kuzemko A., Manthey M., Mimet A., Naqinezhad A., Pedersen C., Peet R. K., Pellissier V., Pielech R., Potenza G., Rosati L., Terzi M., Valkó O., Vynokurov D., White H., Winkler M. & Biurrun I. (2020): Species–area relationships in continuous vegetation Evidence from Palaearctic grasslands
Journal of Biogeography 47 (1): 72-86 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13697