Boris Schröder moved from TUM to TU Braunschweig, the landscape ecology group does not exist anymore.
Our work generally focuses on the understanding of the relationships between patterns, processes, and functions in dynamic landscapes as well as the development of models for the conservation and sustainable management of species, landscapes, and related ecosystem functions and services. Therefore, our key tool is modelling.
Our modelling approaches comprise
- species distribution models (SDMs, environmental niche models, predictive habitat models), i.e. multi-scale phenomenological, statistical models relating occurrence patterns to environmental predictors
- process-based, mechanistic models of (spatial meta-)population dynamics and dispersal as well as abiotic conditions such as soil water dynamics,
- integrated landscape models coupling abiotic, biotic, and economic models. Understanding the drivers of species distributions and predicting the effects of environmental change on species are pivotal prerequisites for understanding and predicting future changes in biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecological services. We propose a multi-scale, mechanistic and resource-based view of species-environment relationships.
We use models in order to
- identifying the scale-dependent drivers of species distribution patterns
- predicting the effects of disturbances and environmental changes on distribution patterns,
- deriving management recommendations for endangered species.
- predict the spatial distribution of soil properties (soil landscape modelling, digital soil mapping),
- analysing the distribution of pathogenes, their hosts and infection risks depending on abiotic and biotic factors,
- understanding the interactions between ecosystem engineers, the transport of water and the environmental fate of pesticides in agricultural catchments,
- analysing the relationships of land use, biodiversity and spatiotemporal movement patterns of organisms as well as carbon fluxes in agricultural landscapes,
- understanding the relationships between dynamics and diversity of mountain rainforest and landslides depending on abiotic and biotic factors in Ecuador,
- assessing trade-offs between different ecosystem services for land use scenarios at the coasts of North sea and Baltic sea in the face of predicted sea level rise.