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We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.


Geological alteration of algal steroids mimics early animal signatures
November 23, 2020
Fossil fat molecules isolated from 635 million year old rocks that were assigned to animal life turn out to be altered algal molecules. more

Highly cited influential authors: Again 5 BGC scientists in citation ranking 2020
November 19, 2020
In the annual ranking of the world's most cited and influential scientists, again five authors from our institute are represented. more

Award ceremony: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes 2020, prize winner Markus Reichstein
November 09, 2020
Virtual presentation of the awards by DFG President Katja Becker and Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek more

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Recent Publications

Evaluating two soil carbon models within the global land surface model JSBACH using surface and spaceborne observations of atmospheric CO2
Thum, T., Nabel, J. E. S. M., Tsuruta, A., Aalto, T., Dlugokencky, E. J., Liski, J., Luijkx, I. T., Markkanen, T., Pongratz, J., Yoshida, Y., Zaehle, S. (2020) Biogeosciences. 17, 5721-5743. doi:10.5194/bg-17-5721-2020

How will a drier climate change carbon sequestration in soils of the deciduous forests of Central Europe?
Fekete, I., Berki, I., Lajtha, K., Trumbore, S. E., Francioso, O., Gioacchini, P., Montecchio, D., Várbíró, G., Béni, Á., Makádi, M., Demeter, I., Madarász, B., Juhos, K., Kotroczó, Z. (2020) Biogeochemistry. doi:10.1007/s10533-020-00728-w

USGS44, a new high purity calcium carbonate reference material for delta13C measurements
Qi, H., Moossen, H., Meijer, H. A., Coplen, T. B., Aerts-Bijma, A. T., Reid, L., Geilmann, H., Richter, J., Rothe, M., Brand, W. A., Toman, B., Benefield, J., Hélie, J.-F. (in press) Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. doi:10.1002/rcm.9006

Modeling soil responses to nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization along a soil phosphorus stock gradient
Yu, L., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Zaehle, S., Schrumpf, M. (2020) Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 3, 543112. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2020.543112

Modeled microbial dynamics explain the apparent temperature sensitivity of wetland methane emissions
Chadburn, S. E., Aalto, T., Aurela, M., Baldocchi, D., Biasi, C., Boike, J., Burke, E. J., Comyn-Platt, E., Dolman, A. J., Duran-Rojas, C., Fan, Y., Friborg, T., Gao, Y., Gedney, N., Göckede, M., Hayman, G. D., Holl, D., Hugelius, G., Kutzbach, L., Lee, H., Lohila, A., Parmentier, F. W., Sachs, T., Shurpali, N. J., Westermann, S. (2020) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 34, e2020GB006678. doi:10.1029/2020GB006678

Metabolic responses of a phototrophic co-culture enriched from a freshwater sediment on changing substrate availability and its relevance for biogeochemical iron cycling
Schmidt, C., Nikeleit, V., Schaedler, F., Leider, A., Lueder, U., Bryce, C., Hallmann, C., Kappler, A. (2020) Geomicrobiology Journal. doi:10.1080/01490451.2020.1837303

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biogeochemical Systems (Heimann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

Break from public events - Due to the current corona situation, our public events are suspended or postponed. Our goal is to ensure the safety and health of all employees and our guests.
October 07 - December 31, 2020

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December 10, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Santiago Botia
(department Trumbore, Zaehle)
t. b. a.

December 17, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Michał Galkowski
(department Zaehle)
t. b. a.

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