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Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling - Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke

Ecosystems provide important services that are necessary for human well-being. Understanding the structure and functioning of these complex systems fascinates us. In the face of massive anthropogenic disturbances like climate change, habitat degradation and loss of biodiversity it is also a task of utmost importance.

Our working group analyses ecological systems on different organizational levels, from individuals and populations up to complex food webs. We combine field observations and laboratory experiments with (freshwater) plankton communities with novel theoretical and modelling approaches. With one full professor, an associated Heisenberg research group, two assistant professors, two post docs as well as several PhD- and master students, our theory division is among the largest groups in theoretical ecology in Germany. Our goal is, based on a firm basis of observations and experiments, to understand how the adaptability of individuals, populations and communities affects the reaction of ecosystems on a changing world.




  • Humboldt Research Award for Prof. Dr. Peter de Ruiter




University of Potsdam
Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke
Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling

Maulbeerallee 2
14469 Potsdam

Xenia Fahrentholz

Tel:  +49 (0)331 977 1902
Fax: +49 (0)331 977 1948
E-Mail: Secretary

Universität Potsdam, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Biochemie und Biologie